Friday, December 18, 2015

Cliffs of Moher Ireland

While we were traveling the South coast of Ireland, we were scheduled to stop by and see the Cliffs of Moher on our way from Tralee to Galway. However, weather was not on our side this particular day and we skipped one of Irelands most picturesque sites. The fog was awful and we knew once we got there, we wouldn't be able to see anything.
On our last day in Ireland prior to heading back into Dublin, my husband asked me if we would regret not seeing the Cliffs. It was a gorgeous morning and we had nothing else to do. The answer to his question - yes we would regret not seeing the Cliffs of Moher. So we took a 4 hour detour (2 hours there, 2 hours back) and found ourselves in the most beautiful place either of us have ever seen in person.
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's most visited natural attraction. They stand at 702 feet tall and stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic Coast on western Ireland.
There were times I freaked out with the height. My husband on the other hand got way too close to the edge. When I was younger, I was afraid of heights but got over it when I visited Grand Canyon. Looks like the old fear of heights is returning in my adulthood.
There are over 600 meters of pathways and viewing platforms at the Cliffs of Moher. For the hikers, there is a 20 kilometer Cliffs Coastal Trail that can be accessed from the Cliffs and it takes 3 hours. We skipped the trail.
We saw many people having picnics on the cliffs, drawing, reading and even writing. Although the Cliffs were full of tourists, it was a very relaxing environment.

Not only was the Cliffs of Moher breathtaking, the drive was very nice as well. Also, we bought 90% of our souvineers at the gift shop at Cliffs of Moher. They had a better selection than any of the stores we visited in Dublin, Galway or Kilarney.
The Cliffs of Moher was an amazing part of our trip. While we were on the road for an additional 4 hours, it was well worth the trip and I strongly suggest a visit here if you are in Ireland. Keep weather in mind and plan your trip with an extra free day to visit the Cliffs if your original day didn't work out as planned. I am an overly scheduled type A person who has to live life by a detailed calendar. You cannot do that in Ireland and it was nice to go with the flow for once in my life.

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