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.