Visiting Ireland – day trip from Dublin to Cliffs of Moher

Poulnabrone Dolmen in Burren National Park, ©Shadowgate/Flickr

Poulnabrone Dolmen in Burren National Park, ©Shadowgate/Flickr

For those who wish to leave the air of the big city behind for a while we recommend this day trip to the Cliffs of Moher in Clare County. This touristic site is located on the western coast of Ireland and is about 214 meters high. From above you can enjoy an astonishing view over the west coast and the country side and the Atlantic Ocean. The trip includes several historical sites, pleasant walks and a visit to Burren National Park and of course the extraordinary Irish scenery. You will also have the chance to visit Limerick city and listen to the old tales about the Vikings and their history. In the town of Doolin you can listen to local traditional music and dine in a traditional Irish pub.

A magnificent landscape and Limerick city

Limerick City on the River Shannon, ©lukemcurley/Flickr

Limerick City on the River Shannon, ©lukemcurley/Flickr

Your trip starts in Dublin early in the morning when the roads are still quiet and there is no agglomeration. Enjoy the lovely view of the Irish countryside along the way as you pass by rolling hills, medieval castles and glimmering lakes. Your first stop will be Limerick city which used to be a Viking colony a very long time ago. Listen to your guide as he narrates the stories about the past of this beautiful town. Visit the imposing castle of King John and take a look at the abominable Treaty stone where the Jacobite Irish signed the Treaty of Limerick back in 1691.

A walk to the Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher, ©Roger Gailland/Flickr

Cliffs of Moher, ©Roger Gailland/Flickr

As you arrive to Clare County you can join the group for a leisurely walk which lasts about an hour and a half towards the Cliffs of Moher. Here you will have the opportunity to take absolutely amazing photos of the landscape. The highest point of the cliffs is at an altitude of 214 meters and their span is about 8 kilometers wide. Enjoy the wonderful view of the Aran Islands and the mountains of Maum Turk of Connemara.

Lunch in Doolin and visiting Burren National Park

Poulnabrone Dolmen in Burren National Park, ©Shadowgate/Flickr

Poulnabrone Dolmen in Burren National Park, ©Shadowgate/Flickr

Your next stop will be a queer village called Doolin. Here you can recharge your energy bar, have a satisfying and delicious lunch at a traditional Irish pub which after you can walk off the calories at Burren National Park. The park is covered in limestone and reminds of lunar scenery. Admire the rare plants and breathe in the fresh air. On the way back to the capital city you can gaze at the scenic route which overlooks the ocean. Grab a quick coffee near Galway Bay before your journey back finishes in Dublin in the evening.

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