Apr 28, 2014

Ireland: Cliffs of Moher


I'm skipping around a bit, but I've been teasing you guys with snippets of our Cliffs of Moher photos and thought it was high time I share the best part of our Ireland adventure in its entirety! After 3 hours of driving from Dublin across Ireland's vast, green countryside, stopping in a few sleepy fishing villages, visiting Corcomroe Abbey, and motoring along the Southwest coastline, we finally made it to the Cliffs of Moher. Normally I'd HATE having to ride on a bus for that long, but we got to see so much of Ireland along the way, I hardly noticed those 3 hours pass by. Once we arrived at the main attraction of the day, some of our tour group got dropped off at a cliff-side walking path that leads to the area of the cliffs we explored. That walk took 30 minutes to complete and got you SUPER close to the edge of the cliffs, so we opted to spare our lives and spend our full 2 hours along the cliff's most popular (and safer) areas. This was no time to flex our adventurous muscles. Truth is, we have none…or at least I don't (hello, slightly scared of heights and falling to my death.)

You know that feeling you get when you first lay eyes on a landscape that you've only ever seen in postcards and history books, but are finally getting to see in person? Goosebumps and giddy joy and complete awe-stricken wonder? THAT. The second we peered over the cliffs for the first time, those feelings flooded us both. Hearing the sound of the turquoise waves crash against the rocks below while gazing at the sun dancing off the grassy cliffs was almost more than this traveler's heart could take. I kept asking D if he could believe we were standing there. He couldn't…neither could I. The views were phenomenal...mesmerizing, even. I couldn't stop snapping photos of the view to O'Brien's tower, the highest point of the cliffs. You can just barely make out the little dots of tourists scattered along its stone walls. While my photos turned out great (a little toot, toot!), they don't compare to seeing this place in person. Not even close! And can I just tell you happy I was to be wearing my wellies? Mud everywhere. Even though we had mostly blue skies and sunshine during our visit, we encountered two brief sun-hail storms (weird) and lots of puddles from previous rain showers. Even with the wet ground, we still plopped on the grass and hung our feet over the cliffs, feeling slightly on top of the world. D was also nerding out over the rock where Harry Potter and Dumbledore appear when they're on the quest to find a Horcrux Voldemort left in a cave at the cliffs. I just kept quoting The Princess Bride and requesting D not jump over the Cliffs of Insanity. We had a lot of fun that afternoon. ;) Dublin is great and the pubs are fun, but if you plan a trip to Ireland, make good and sure the Irish Coast and the Cliffs of Moher are on your itinerary. They're absolutely not to be missed!

CLIFFS OF MOHER VISITORS INFO:
Admission: €6 per person (children under 16 FREE!)
Opening hours: 9:00am-6:30pm in the spring…later in the summer.
Gift shop, restaurant, and cliffs exhibit also on site.

42 comments:

  1. So perfect! I really can't wait to make a trip back to Ireland.

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    1. Me too!! I wish I was back now!

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  2. that top picture is heading straight to my pinterest "vaca" board - gorgeous, Casy!

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  3. So beautiful! I would have a hard time with my fear of heights as well.

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    1. As long as you stayed behind the wooden railing, you would have been good. There were a few sections where you could come out from behind the railing (hence my sitting photos), but even then, just staying back a bit and you'd be just fine! It was such a cool place to visit! :)

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  4. I love every.single.one of these pictures. After seeing so many places that just couldn't be captured in pictures myself, now I just try to mentally "wrap" the pictures around my head like I'm there. Sometimes I can re-create the feeling just good enough until I can see it myself.

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  5. Great pictures! When I was in Ireland 2 years ago it was totally rainy and foggy the day we went to the cliffs so we could not see anything!! So sad!!

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  6. I totally feel you on the fear of heights (and plummeting to your death) and that amazing goosebumpy feeling you get when you're somewhere you've only ever dreamed of being - that's how I felt looking at Sydney Harbour when we were there in 2010 on our honeymoon! What an amazing feeling! Beautiful photos x

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  7. The scenery is so beautiful!

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  8. Wow! So worth the 6 euros!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  9. So gorgeous! I want to do another Ireland trip and just explore the South of the country! We did most of our exploring the countryside last year in the North.

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    1. I loved the Giants Causeway and Belfast, but the Western coast was my favorite part! I'm sure you'll make it back there someday soon, girl…you're a travelista!

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  10. Beautiful! I visited the cliffs 6 years ago and so enjoyed the views. It's such a breathtaking place.

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    1. Agreed! Too gorgeous for words, even!

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  11. Wow, stunning photos! Also, you look adorbs as always :)

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  12. LOVE these!! We felt the same exact way when we were there! {and we have the same exact pictures as you!! haha love it!} Did you make it to Dingle? That was our absolute fav!!

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  13. I love those cliffs.. The are breathtaking! However I am not gonna lie I think I would be too scared to get to close to the edge! Hello long fall.

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  14. What courage to sit on the edge! I loved the Cliffs of Moher as well during my trip last November. Absolutely stunning, but it was too windy for me to get close to the edge. :)
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    1. It was pretty windy while we were there, too…but I made sure we were far enough away from the true edge just in case! :)

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  15. The Cliffs of Moher are indeed spectacular! I was there a few years ago and would certainly go back. I would also recommend Slieve League in Co. Donegal, the highest sea cliffs in Europe at over 300m. I was there last week for the second time. Free access and less touristy than the Cliffs of Moher.

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    1. Ooo I've never heard of that place! I'm adding it my list of things to see when we venture back to Ireland someday!

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  16. These cliffs look amazing! I can only imagine how impressive they must be in person!

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  17. I'm Irish, living in Co. Cork & when I see how much you loved the cliffs of Moher I wish I could show you so much more.... West Cork, Kerry, Wexford, Waterford.... I could go on. The weather isn't always great but oh my God when it is... Also, there's sometimes a lovely moodiness to the mist & rain. I wouldn't mind some of that Florida sunshine that you're heading to. Love your blog x

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    1. I'd happily come stay with you for a while so you could show me all these wonderful places! HA! I agree with you…even in the mist and rain it's a beautiful country. Thanks, Nina!

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  18. Beautiful! How wonderful that you were able to visit, Ireland is a place I have always wanted to visit!

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  19. YES to that feeling! I had that when I finally got to go to Europe. It's incredible. Your photos are gorgeous, too!

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  20. amazing pictures! Ireland has always been a place I've wanted to visit, especially after seeing this! hopefully one day :)

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    1. I hope so too, Hannah! Thanks so much!

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  21. WOW! It reminds me of cliffs we visited in Australia. Amazing!

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  22. Hi great pictures and a great blog we're really happy you enjoyed the tour, do you mind if I add a few of your pictures to our happy customers page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/irishdaytours

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    1. Sure! Just please link back to my blog, if you don't mind! Thanks so much! We LOVED both our tours with you guys! :)

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    2. Hi I have already linked to your blog from our facebook, twitter and google plus. We always like to share content of happy customers. Customer service is our priority and it's good to get positive feedback.

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    3. Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  23. It looks so beautiful! Ireland is on our list of places to visit...but so are about a million other places as well!

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  24. I love these. My father grew up about a mile from the cliffs it it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

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    1. What a gorgeous place to grow up! Thank you, Maura!

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  25. Are you ready for this confession... I have never been to the Cliffs of Moher! Lived in Ireland for six years and never made it there. I'm kicking myself!

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  26. Just went in Sept. Walked from Doolin...it was breath taking beauty! Love your pictures

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