12 hoursStart time
Start time: 6:50am
Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour starting time
You will be dropped off at the starting point
This fantastic tour leaves Dublin early in the morning and you are back at the starting point in time for dinner. The tour follows a circular route so that you do not see the same scenery twice the whole time.
The excursion is full of excitement and fun and you will enjoy magnificent scenery, castles, wild remote regions and of course the towering Cliffs of Moher, not to mention the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Curragh, Treaty Stone, Dunguaire Castle, Fanore Beach, the Burren, and Bunratty Castle.
On top of all this there’s the cultural villages of Ballyvaughan and Ennistymon, Lahinch beach, sites where the Spanish Armada visited, the traditional village of Doolin famous for its music, maybe a sighting of the dolphin Dusty in the Atlantic Ocean, ring forts, bog and the famous spine of Ireland, the River Shannon!
Phew, what a day!
The spectacular Cliffs of Moher Day Tour from Dublin takes you from Dublin through three of Ireland’s four provinces to the magnificent west coast. To join the tour, make your way to the tourist office at Suffolk Street, the Old Church, Dublin City Centre. During the tour there will be stops every 1 ½ hours or so, in order that you can stretch your legs.
On your way out of Dublin, you will pass the Guinness Store House and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On the road to the west of Ireland, you will pass through the famous Curragh area, a place where sheep take precedence over humans on the roads!
As you pass through the midlands, look out for castles, and notice the way the countryside changes. The further west you travel, the wilder it gets. Fields are separated by hedges and wire fences in the east and midlands, further west they are divided by stone walls.
You will then proceed to Thomond Park, the unofficial home of Irish rugby, and Bunratty Castle. You arrive at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher around 11:30am and you can spend 2½ hours wandering along the cliff edge. The cliffs rise 120 meters (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O'Brien's Tower, 8 km away. In front of you are the Gaelic-speaking Aran Islands. Keep your eyes open for an array of wildlife at the cliffs, everything from fulmars, guillemots and kittiwakes to the cheeky puffins.
Your lunch stop is in the musical village of Doolin. The pubs have great food and a nice Irish welcome. The tour usually stops in Fitzpatrick’s pub, which puts on a great chowder and main meal (payable direct). Have a little walk after lunch to let your food settle on a quiet country road opposite the pub.
After lunch, you will make a 30 minute stop at one of Ireland's greatest National Parks, the Burren, a botanist's paradise! Plants that would normally only grow in tundra or arctic regions flourish in this area at certain times of the year. Orchids and blue gentians grow wild and are stunningly beautiful.
Wending your way along the coast, your eyes will constantly be on the beauty of the coastline and the road that clings to its edge. You may see fishermen on the rocks below. Pass by Fanore beach and look out for Dusty the Dolphin. Your next official stop (30 minutes) will be at Corcomroe Abbey – an 11th century abbey surrounded by limestone hills.
After this, you get your first view of Galway Bay and go down a steep hill to the quaint village of Kinvara. This charming place has a good-sized harbour, where you should be able to see the well known Galway Hooker boats. You will also see Dunguaire Castle, nestled on its own tiny headland and surrounded by water.
After a good day's travelling and sightseeing it will be now time to make your way back to Dublin. Finishing your full circle tour we will then go on the Galway road through Clarinbridge, home of the oyster! You will have one more stop on the road back to Dublin for a coffee and toilet break.
You will arrive back in Dublin by 7:30pm at the latest and will be dropped off at the point where you were picked up.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the details
Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Burren is a National Park, and follows a “Leave No Trace Policy”. Picking of flowers or moving of rocks is strictly not allowed.
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