Ah, our last day in Ireland. We debated quite a bit on whether we should dedicate an entire day to visiting the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are on the opposite side of the country, so it took some planning to arrange. I AM SO HAPPY WE WENT! Seriously, this was my favorite day in Ireland! Dublin was beautiful and fun, but the Irish countryside has my heart.
Visiting the Cliffs of Moher had been a big item on my bucket list. However, I was worried they wouldn’t be as spectacular in person as it has been in the movies (a.k.a. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince OR The Princess Bride). Luckily, that worry quickly went away because the cliffs were STUNNING!
We were even fortunate enough to come during puffin season. Pete got super lucky and caught a PUFFIN fly by in the video! It was the highlight of our trip! Click HERE to watch the video on my Instagram.
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How did we get there?
Our original plan had been to rent a car. However, it became too cost-prohibited and complicated we almost canceled these plans altogether. Luckily, I found Elegant Irish Tours and booked the Small Group Cliffs of Moher Tour from Dublin.
I 100% recommend this tour group to anyone! It was everything we wanted without the stress of driving or navigating public transportation. Our guide was hilarious, and this tour had fewer than 25 people.
Early in the morning, we departed Dublin from the Westin hotel, a short walk from our stay at the Trinity City Hotel. The other pick-up locations are below:
- Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge (Simmonscourt Road)
- Shelbourne Hotel (St. Stephen’s Green)
- The Merrion Hotel (Merrion Street)
- The Gresham Hotel (O’Connell Street)
- Westin Hotel (Fleet Street)
KING JOHN’S CASTLE
At this stop, there is a museum. However, this stop is a glorified bathroom trip. You have enough time to use the restroom and stretch your legs. I loved that our tour guide warned us before leaving the van because this stop was underwhelming.
BABY CLIFFS OF MOHER
Eventually, we stopped at the “baby Cliffs of Moher.” How adorable! This limestone landscape is known as the Burren region. Extremely magnificent views but lower than the Cliffs of Moher. We enjoyed walking all over the unevenness of the limestone but no fence along the edge. Cute nickname but a little scary!
CLIFF SIDE BOAT TOUR
The boat ride was the BEST decision! The views were incredible, and the boat ride was intense. Be prepared with nausea medication because it is a rough ride but well worth it. Pete and I agreed that this ride was our favorite part of the day. Click HERE to watch the video taken on the boat ride.
Our tour stopped at the Fiddle and Bow Hotel for lunch. The food was excellent! Once again, I ordered fish and chips, and it was incredibly fresh. Our waiter told us they caught their fish straight from the Cliffs of Moher water. I highly recommend ordering a side of the Guinness bread they make in-house. My mouth is watering just thinking about this meal! How did I leave this place without taking a single photo?
CLIFFS OF MOHER
We finally made it to the top of the cliffs!
While looking back on these, I got a good laugh. Pete and I couldn’t stop laughing because you could not see a thing. We spent half the day trekking to the Cliffs of Moher, and when we FINALLY got there… it was foggy.
Sigh… We laughed this one off. We got a fantastic view during our boat ride, and it didn’t feel like we missed out.
Until next time Ireland! Thank you for a wonderful time!