Day trips from Dublin | Cliffs of Moher
One of the most spectacular landscapes in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are not to be missed! In this post we give you a few tips on how to get there from Dublin.
The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare not far from Galway. They have been a very popular attraction since the 19th century and it is not just for their wonderful sights. They have been the setting of famous films like Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince, The Princess Bride, The Yank, Into the West and The Mackintosh Man.
in fact, many Irish Legends mention the Cliffs. One of the most well-known stories is The Legend of the Hag and Cu Chulainn. This tale narrates how an old hag (a colloquial term for an older, ugly lady or witch) named Mal fell in love with Cu Chulainn, one of the most popular heroes of Irish Legends. He didn’t return her feelings so she followed him all around Ireland before cornering him on the Cliffs of Moher. Mal chased him around the cliffs but tragically fell and crashed against the rocks, giving to these stones the name of Hag’s Head (the legend says they are the shape of Mal’s head).
Travelling from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher
Don’t forget to pack your jacket. Weather in Ireland is unpredictable and the cliffs can be extremely windy.
There are tours from Dublin almost every day. Bear in mind this trip will be a day trip (from 8am to 8pm). There are many tour companies you can choose from.
Ask for advice and information about options in a city centre tourist office.
Once you are on the bus, the selection of your seat is very important (as I realised too late). The best views on the journey are on the driver side. So, keep an eye on what seat you choose!
The journey will take around 4 hours with multiple stops. During one of these breaks you will have the opportunity to enjoy the “baby Cliffs”. These cliffs are smaller than the ones in Moher but no less beautiful. If your bus driver likes to talk and entertained the passengers, they will tell you all about them, mine did!
Once you get to the Cliffs of Moher, don’t worry about the crowds. The area is vast and you will be able to enjoy the view without any problem.
The only thing you have to pay for is parking. If you’re going by bus, you don’t need to worry about it. However, if you are going by car, these are the prices:
Children under 16 Free
Senior Citizen €4.50
Disabled Visitor €4.50
Don’t forget to check out the visitor centre once you get there. In the building you will find a little museum about the Cliffs of Moher and the natural landscapes in County Clare with information about its native wildlife and history. There is also a coffee shop and a restaurant for you to take a break from the wind!
Once on the cliffs, you can visit O’Brien’s Tower, named after the landlord who first discovered the potential tourist attraction that the Cliffs were. Admission is 2 euro. If the weather is great and you fancy going for a longer walk, you can walk down to the ruins (1 hour by foot) and experience the wonderful view from a different vantage point.