Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Galway City – An Irish Day Tour

Standing about 200 meters or roughly 650 feet above the sea you will be mesmerized as you look out over one of the seven natural wonders of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher. Followed by the beauty of Burren National Park, where some people call the Cliffs there the “mini-cliffs.” The National Park is home to nine significant habitats. This day tour from Dublin, Ireland will continue onto Galway City before heading back to Dublin. Galway is a lively city is full of pubs, cafés, street performers, and shops.

 

The Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Standing on one of Ireland’s seven natural wonders, you will feel overwhelmed by the astounding cliffs. You will hear the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the 8 miles of the cliffs. As you walk along the unfenced areas, you will see many birds and plant species that now call the cliffs home. In the hour and a half time that you get to spend here, take some time to walk up O’Brien’s Tower for remarkable views of the cliffs and the surrounding farmland.

O’Brien’s Tower
O’Brien’s Tower

O’Brien’s Tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien (1801-1857). Sitting at 214 meters (702 feet) the highest point of the cliffs is the tower. It was built as an observation area, and the original tower had four sections. On a clear day, you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, and the Kerry Mountains. Entry into O’Brien’s Tower is €2. The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ireland.

 

Burren National Park

Burren National Park
Burren National Park

The journey continues to an area called The Burren inside Burren National Park. The Geosite is a very fertile and rocky area the is covered in flora and fauna. The 1,500 hectares (3,706.5 acres) include Ash/Hazel Woodland, Calcareous Grassland, Cliffs, Fen, Hazel scrub, Lakes, Limestone Pavement, Petrifying Springs, and Turloughs. With its array of habitats, the National Park is home to several birds, invertebrates, lichens, vertebrates, and plant species. The beauty of the bright, colorful flowers blooming between the rock and limestone is striking. Some have compared the thriving ecosystem to a lunar landscape. The relaxing drive through this area allows you to see a significant portion of this landscape. A short twenty-minute stop is provided to take pictures of the area, including the “mini-cliffs.”

 

The City of Galway

The City of Galway
The City of Galway

The final stop on the tour is the city of Galway. The city dates back to 1124, beginning as a small fort. It is now the 3rd largest city in Ireland. It is a lively place full of pubs, cafés, street performers and shops. During your almost two-hour stop here there are numerous things you can enjoy and see. Home to many celebrations and festivals, you can enjoy the summer’s Galway Arts Festival, the Christmas market in Eyre Square, or one of several other festivals. Be sure to also see Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch, Lynch’s Castle, and the Hall of The Red Earl.

 

Day Tours from Dublin

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The day tour to the Cliffs of Moher leaves Dublin at 6:50 am and returns around 8:15 pm. It is a long day, but worth the trip. A stop after the Cliffs of Moher is made for lunch, and you can get something to eat in Galway. Additionally, you can bring water and snacks with you and eat on the bus as long as it is not hot food. You can nap on the bus if you are exhausted on the way to the cliffs or returning to Dublin, a lot of people do.

Day Tours has six daily tours from Dublin. They leave every morning between 6:30 am and 9:30 am. The tours include the Belfast tour, the Celtic Boyne Valley tour, the Cliffs of Moher tour, the Connemara tour, the Cork and Blarney tour, and the Giants Causeway tour in Northern Ireland.  For more information on all their tours go to their website.

Things to do While in Dublin

Downtown Dublin, Ireland
Downtown Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is a great city to spend some time in. While you are there, you should go to the only Butler’s Chocolate factory in the world. The Teeling Whiskey Distillery has tours available daily. Croke Park and Aviva Stadium both have tours and regularly scheduled games and events. If you are looking for some pampering, Buff Day Spa and Shelborne Spa are excellent. Bloom Basserie and Green 19 Restaurant offer excellent lunch and dinner dishes.

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