In addition to our day trip to Northern Ireland, my Mom and I also made a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher when we were in Ireland in January. After researching tour providers, we decided to go on the Cliffs of Moher Day Trip with Irish Day Tours due to their good reputation and affordable day trips.
We set out shortly before 7am from Dublin, passing by the famous Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Jail in town before hitting the freeway for Ireland’s west coast. After a short rest stop to stretch our legs and grab some snacks, we headed through the lush green Irish countryside toward the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Our guide let us know that we were lucky to arrive on a clear day; most days the cliffs are shrouded in fog and difficult to see.
The Visitor’s Centre is located roughly in the middle of the Cliffs of Moher and you can either take the path to the left or to the right. Our guide told us that some visitors prefer the view from the left, while others prefer the view from the right. Given that O’Brien’s Tower (a 19th century stone lookout tower) is located on the right, we thought the better view would be from the opposite side, so we set out on the trail to the left. While the view at the beginning was stunning, especially with the rocky little island jutting out from the rough sea, we soon discovered that you couldn’t see past the part of the cliff with the lookout tower. Since we had enough time left, we decided to hike in the opposite direction and I’m glad we did – I think the view was superior. While strolling along the clifftops to the right, you can admire panoramic views out to the ocean and even see the Aran Islands.
The first part of the cliffs are walled off, but after a short distance, they are completely un-walled and at your own risk. I was alarmed at how close the trail actually took you to the edge; I felt that a strong gust of wind could have knocked me over! It only took me a few steps past the safer walled area for me to turn back. My much braver Mom decided to keep going while I had to distract myself from getting too nervous until she returned. I took the photo below in an attempt to keep my mind off the staggering heights!
Seeing the Cliffs of Moher was one of the highlights of our trip to Ireland – I definitely recommend that you see them if you get the chance! If you happen to go on a cloudy day, you can pop in to the fancy Visitor’s Centre, warm up with a cup of tea, and watch some videos about the cliffs. Not as thrilling as seeing them in person, though!