CLIFFS OF MOHER TOUR: EXPLORING THE IRISH COUNTRYSIDE

CLIFFS OF MOHER TOUR: EXPLORING THE IRISH COUNTRYSIDE

When I flew to Dublin last year there was one thing that I had to go and explore while I was there, the greener than green Irish countryside. It’s no secret I’m a bit of a history buff and Celtic history has peaked my interest since I was a child. I had watched Tristan and Isolde, Ps. I love you and many others films set there and thought if I ever went to Ireland, I had to get off the beaten track.

Most places in the Dublin run tours to the Cliffs of Moher and so I hopped aboard as this was the perfect opportunity to see some other highlights along the way. If you are going to get a tour, be warned you will be up at the crack of dawn as there’s a big day of sightseeing ahead. Alternatively, you can hire a car and make your own way round.

I went with Irish Day Tours who were friendly, fantastic and provided amazing commentary along the way.  If you’re backpacking you may wish to go with Paddy Waggon Tours who are slightly cheaper and provide tours from many of the hostels in the city.

Barack Obama Plaza at Moneygall

You are probably just as surprised as me reading that the US President Barack Obama is associated with Ireland. But its completely true. Apparently, Obama has roots here and his ancestral home is Moneygall if you trace back his history.

He came to visit in 2011 and they decided to name a service station Plaza after him so that his names lives on. In true American fashion, it has some US popular franchises such as Tim Horton’s and Papa John’s while you stop here to break up the journey.

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Limerick

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Your tour will take you through Limerick which is a beautiful little town on the River Shannon and home to King John’s castle. It wasn’t even quite daylight when we arrived and so it was spectacular to see it at dawn.  Make sure you hop off and grab some snaps of the bridge, it’s absolutely stunning.

Cliffs of Moher

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The Cliffs of Moher is the highlight of the tour and it is a beautiful highlight of the Irish coast line. Your tour should give you a good amount of time to walk around the complex so you can view this landscape masterpiece at every angle.

I always love visiting the coast and find it so refreshing to breathe in the sea air. I visited in winter and I saw the sky change nearly every minute. It created some wonderful picture opportunities, but I was caught in the rain more than once or twice so dress well!

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Doolin

Your bus will most likely stop for lunch at the little village of Doolin. There will be a restaurant to have lunch, but if you’d rather explore around than dig into stew – I’d take the opportunity as it’s got some hidden gems to uncover.

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Dare you stand on the Titanic ledge?

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An interesting part of the tour was stopping off at The Burren to visit the ‘Titanic Ledge’. As you make you’re way over the rocky terrain, you will be greeted by some amazing views of the coastline and the famous ledge which juts out waiting for you to stand on it!

Of course, couples sang the theme tune and acted like Jack and Rose. But, I just had to stand on it for myself – who needs Leonard DiCaprio? (Although, yes, that would have been pretty good too) So I made my way down the rocks.

No one was brave enough to come down with me to take a picture so I have one of me from above. I still remember the feeling and I was pretty terrified with shaky legs than feeling ‘on top of the world’.

I would definitely do it and take the plunge, make sure you ask for help if you’re uneasy on your feet. It’s a long way down the cliff.

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“I’m flying, Jack!” (I’ll just pretend he’s there 😉 )

Dunguaire Castle

My absolute favourite view in all of the Irish countryside that I explored that day. Dunguaire castle was frequented by famous literary figures such as W.B Yeates and Oscar Wilde for some pretty wild parties I hear.

I couldn’t go inside but admired the walk around and view of the castle in Dunguaire. The clouds cleared and pockets of blue sky came out to play. The whole place was like a postcard.

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Make sure you make the most of your time there. It’s picture perfect and quintessentially Irish!

The countryside tour was probably my favourite part of my tip to Dublin. When I go back, I want to see so much more as I will never get bored looking out the window at all the hills, rocks, rivers and brooks along the way.

Have you explored the Irish countryside? Where did you go? Comment below!

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Sophie Pearce

Sophie Pearce is the founder of Third Eye Traveller. Always having itchy feet and a restless soul seeking adventure, she has now travelled to over 30+ countries, many of them solo. Leaving her heart in India, which gifted her a “Third Eye”, she felt inspired to share her travel stories in the hope of encouraging others to explore this big beautiful world of ours.

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