Extreme Ireland - Cliffs Of Moher
Activity Type: Coachtour, Sightseeing
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday
Arrival Time: tours depart 6:50am (Pick-up time), arrival 15min prior to departure, Drop Off 7:00pm (Approx)
Departure Location: Old Stone Church, Suffolk St.
Minimum required: 5 people
Languages Available: English
We head out to the west of Ireland, where you will see the Irish countryside with its rolling hills and
green pastures, also passing by the famous Curragh in County Kildare, where horse racing is king.
As we drive through the midlands, keep an eye out for tower houses /castles , built by the Irish
gentry and Normans alike, serving as cold and damp places of refuge in times of uncertainty. Also
notice the lay of the land and see how it changes as you travel across the country. The further west
you go, the wilder it gets. The eastern counties have green and grassy fields, and the midlands
become rougher and boggier the more west you go. You will be leaving behind the good arable land
where the sheep and cattle roam, trading it for the diverse, harsh landscapes of the east.
First we will arrive at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher are 200 meter high, 8
kilometre long ridge of cliffs jutting out into the ocean. Spend your time wandering along the cliff
edge, while looking over to the Gaelic speaking islands of Aran. Keep an eye out for an array of
birdlife. There are fulmars, guillemots, kitty hawks, and the beautiful puffin that inhabit these cliffs in
early summer. The adjacent interpretive centre explores different elements of the mighty Cliffs, as
well as ocean, rock, nature, and man. The virtual reality cliff face adventure movie called “the Ledge
Experience” is not to be missed.
Lunch is available in the village of Doolin which is famous for its traditional music.
Walking on wild remote limestone features in the Burren, you will be surprised to find it to be home
to a vast array of flora, including Arctic and Alpine flowers that surprisingly grow alongside
Mediterranean species- all thanks to the heat absorbing limestone, ecological farming practices, and
the last ice age. The dry stone walls, on the one side, and the wild Atlantic Ocean on the other,will
leave you with a lasting impression of this rugged but fertile coastline.
Corcomroe Abbey is a 12th century Cistercian monastery, now in ruin, romantically set in a valley
surrounded by farmland. The abbey is noted for its detailed carvings and other rich ornamentation.
It is said that the local king - an O’ Brian -who commissioned the building, executed the five masons
who completed the abbey to prevent them from constructing a rival masterpiece elsewhere.
Next we visit the quaint village of Kinvara on Galway Bay, which is a seaside village with a
fisherman’s harbour that hosts Galway Hooker boats with their signature red sails. The Hookers once
were used to transport turf around the west coast. If you look across the bay you can spot Dunguaire
Castle (once home to the poet and writer Oliver Saint John Gogarty) beautifully nestled on its own
tiny headland surrounded by water.
Finishing our full circle tour back to Dublin, we will then go past Clarinbridge, home of the oyster,
before a bit of a drive to arrive back in Dublin in time for dinner.