Welcome to Aran Islands
Easily visible from large swaths of coastal Galway and Clare Counties, the Aran Islands sing their own siren song to thousands of Wild Atlantic Way travellers each year who find their desolate beauty beguiling. Day-trippers shuttle through in a daze of rocky magnificence, while those who stay longer find places that, in many ways, seem far further removed from the Irish mainland than the 45-minute ferry ride or... Read More
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
Your Cliffs of Moher day trip will head out of Dublin in the early morning, making best use of the quiet roads.Passing through rural County Dublin, you will see the rolling hills, shimmering lakes and medieval castles that typify the Irish midland countryside. On arrival in County Clare, your guide will take you on a leisurely walk, over to the Cliffs of Moher, where you can enjoy unlimited photo opportunities. The cliffs are 702 feet (214 meters) high at their highest point and span more than 5 miles (8 km) of the coastline, creating a dramatic backdrop against the Atlantic Ocean. Take in spectacular views of the pretty Aran Islands and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara to the south.Continue on to the quaint village of Doolin for lunch in one of its four traditional Irish pub (for an additional cost), before walking it off with a stroll through Burren National Park – a vast limestone region, reminiscent of a lunar landscape, containing rare flowers. On your journey back to Dublin, you will travel via the scenic route on smaller roads overlooking the ocean. There will a brief stop for coffee near Galway Bay before arriving in Dublin in the early evening.
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway
Leave Galway and head southwest on board your luxury coach in the direction of the world-famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Traveling along scenic coastal roads, your tour stops to visit cute fishing villages and historic sites as you go. First stop is in Kinvara, a pretty fishing village known for its star attraction – Dunguaire Castle. Stroll around it outside with your guide and hear tales of its impressive history that dates back to the 16th century.Continue your journey through Burren National Park – or simply ‘the Burren’ – and marvel at its utterly intriguing landscape, with rolling hills covered with limestone rocks. The park is home to numerous ancient monuments like the Poulnabrone Dolmen, which is said to be the most photographed Megalithic monument in the country, and the little-known Ballyalban Fairy Fort.Just outside the town of Kilfenora, stop and hop off your coach to see some Celtic crosses, and learn about their history and symbolism from your guide. The tiny coastal village of Doolin is nearby, and lunch takes place here, in one of the town’s legendary pubs -- Gus O'Connors -- that's famous for its traditional Irish music and great food.Your afternoon is spent at the stunning Cliffs of Moher, and it’s sure to be the highlight of your day. With approximately two hours to spend here at your leisure, walk around enjoying unforgettable views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands. Featured in classic movies like The Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the cliffs are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perfect for a bracing walk with unforgettable scenery.Return to Galway via the coastal roads, enjoying one last break for a walk on the Burren.
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Your day trip starts as you depart Galway from outside the Kinlay Hostel with your driver-guide, who takes you on a wonderful journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, passing through the villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara, and Ballyvaughan. From Ballyvaughan, head south along the Clare coastline via the karst landscape of the Burren, passing by Blackhead and Fanore on your way to the fishing village of Doolin, where your ferry awaits to take you to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands. Once on the island, you have free time to explore and have lunch (own expense) before boarding the return ferry to Doolin. The return ferry cruises beneath the Cliffs of Moher, providing an impressive view of the sheer height of the cliffs. When you reach Doolin, re-board your bus and head to the top of the Cliffs of Moher to enjoy the sea views from the summit. Then make your way back to Galway, passing again through the Burren and by Lisdoonvarna, home to an annual matchmaking festival. Your day trip ends with arrival in Galway.
Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle and the Burren Tour From Dublin
Your full-day tour departs from Dublin for the drive to Ireland’s west coast and beautiful County Clare.The first stop of the day will be in County Limerick. Widely regarded as one of the best preserved Norman castles in all of Europe, and built on an ancient Viking settlement, the 13th-century King John’s Castle will be your first stop of the day. This is a marvellous opportunity to experience life in Ireland during the middle ages. After a tour of King John's Castle, the tour will stop for lunch at one of the best restaurants on the west coast of Ireland. You will have the option to enjoy a 2-course gourmet meal for an additional €30 and have some time to relax and appreciate Ireland’s finest food before the highlight of the day. After lunch, you will arrive at the main attraction - the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Rising 820 feet above sea level, the Cliffs of Moher are world famous. You will have ample time to experience the breathtaking views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as seeing some of the 30,000 colonies of birds who make their home here. Before returning to Dublin, you will take a coastal drive along Galway Bay, admiring the amazing views of the Aran Islands, Connemara, and the 12 Bens, before stopping at Dunguaire Castle and the picturesque town of Kinvara, best known for its traditional boat, the Galway Hooker. You’ll arrive back in Dublin city at approximately 7:30pm.
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Cork Including Bunratty Castle
Your full-day tour to the Cliffs of Moher begins as you depart Cork in the morning, heading to Limerick, the capital of the midwestern region.Make a stop on the banks of the longest river in Ireland, the River Shannon, where you have the chance to marvel at the scenery before continuing the main attraction of the day: the Cliffs of Moher. You'll have time to take in the astonishing sea views and pose for plenty of photos, plus visit the award-winning Atlantic Edge exhibit, where you can see the Cliffs of Moher from a variety of perspectives. Next, drive along the Atlantic coast to admire views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, and arrive at the Burren, where you can experience the unique lunar-like landscape of this region. Home to many different kinds of flowers, the Burren is a karst environment of limestone rock. Finally, make a quick stop at Bunratty Castle for a photo op before the leisurely drive back to Cork, admiring the rolling hills of the Golden Vale along the way. Your tour ends when you reach Cork in the evening.
Cliffs of Moher Tour with Doolin Village and Galway Bay Coastal Drive from Dublin
Board the coach, wave goodbye to Dublin as you depart for the Wild West. Along the way there will be a short break for coffee and an Irish breakfast roll. Arrive in Galway and begin your trip to the Cliffs of Moher via Dunguaire Castle and Kinvara, then on to Ballyvaughan where your guide will show you the remains of an early Celtic forts. Next visit the Poulnabrone Dolmen, one of the most ancient religious sites in Ireland at 5800 years old, before stopping at Kilfenora for a visit of the Celtic High Crosses. Arrive in the quaint fishing village of Doolin to enjoy some lunch (try the famous seafood chowder at Gus O'Conner's or some delicious fudge from the Doolin Chocolate Shop). Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher. This is the highlight of the day with ample time to walk the cliff edge and enjoy one of the most incredible natural sites in the world. After this you will depart the Cliffs of Moher, returning to Galway via the Coast Road with spectacular views over the Aran Islands and Galway Bay - returning to Galway shortly after 6pm. You will then Depart Galway at around 6:30pm for the journey back to Dublin, arriving back at approximately 9pm.