Cliffs of Moher Atlantic Ocean

Exploring The Burren and Cliffs of Moher

Ireland is known for its picturesque scenery: green landscapes dotted with castles and forts, winding country roads and quaint, colourful historic towns. Our first taste of this came with a day drive around County Clare.

The Dunguaire Castle in The Burren of Ireland

A number of attractions draw visitors to this area. The scenic route around The Burren is packed with well-preserved historic and archaeological sites: Dunguaire Castle, Corcomroe Abbey, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Leamaneh Castle and Cahercommaun Stone Fort to name a few. It was enough for us to gaze at them from the outside for the cost of admission seemed to be €6 per person per place. It adds up!

Poulnabrone Tomb

Poulnabrone portal tomb is a megalithic tomb and possibly the best preserved in Ireland. At least 33 people were buried here around 3000 BC. The tomb was also used for rituals and ceremonies.

The roads are narrow and windy with few places to stop for photographs so we just enjoyed the ambience. Lavender limestone mountains towered over various shades of green fields and farmlands. This is one of the wettest parts of the country so we often needed our windshield wipers. One would never guess it was summer as cold winds caused us to pull our jackets tight when we stepped out of the car.


Cliffs of Moher

The sheer face of the Cliffs of Moher.

Cliffs of Moher Atlantic Ocean

Cliffs of Moher

O'Brien's Tower Cliffs of Moher

O'Brien's Tower

Nowhere was as windy as the Cliffs of Moher. Eight kilometres of rock layers rise up to 214 metres over the Atlantic Ocean, providing views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. These are the most visited natural attraction in Ireland with wildlife like birds, dolphins and seals visible on clear days. We were not so lucky with the weather but at least the rain held off while we walked around the grounds. Admission to the Cliffs is €6 per person, not including the O’Brien’s Tower lookout; the modern visitors centre contains a shop, restaurant, several exhibitions and facilities.
County Clare Ireland
The Burren was a great introduction to Ireland’s beautiful countryside. Our next stop is the Dingle Peninsula.
Lisdoonvarna matchmaking festival

Kilmacduagh monastery

Kilmacduagh monastery is a relic of the 7th century. The round tower was a place of refuge for the monks when under attack.

Getting there: From Dublin, take the M4 to the M6 (or the R148 to avoid tolls) and at Athlone take the N6 to the N66. From Gort you’ll be able to choose the country roads taking you around The Burren. We stayed in the charming city of Galway, famous for its many festivals held year-round. From Galway it takes about an hour and a half to reach the Cliffs of Moher by car and more time to drive around; I would allow a full day. It may make more sense, however, to just stay at one of the many hotels or B&Bs in County Clare - we saw plenty of vacancy signs, even in summer. Ferries to the Aran islands depart from Doolin. Those travelling from the south can take the Killimer car ferry (€18 one way) or drive via Limerick.

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12 years ago

Beautiful photos. I’ve never been to Ireland but it’s on the list. I’ll save this post for researching the trip.

Reply to  Donna Hull

Thanks so much, Donna – I’m sure you’ll love the country! =)

12 years ago

For some reason, the pictures of those gorgeous cliff make me think of
“Jane Eyre” or some other classic novel. Very romantic, in a desolate
sort of way

Reply to  Claire

I totally agree – Wuthering Heights or something…very romantic! =)

12 years ago

They make me think of the Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride.  …Actually, according to my spur of the moment Wikipedia checking, they were, in fact, used as the shooting location for TPB.  😀

Anyway, this is deffo on my list of places to visit when breaking out of Cork.  Thanks to your tip, I’ll bring extra rain gear. 🙂

Reply to  Katrina

Great movie but didn’t remember the cliffs! I can imagine lots of movies being shot in Ireland with all the great scenery around

12 years ago

For some reason, the pictures of those gorgeous cliff make me think of “Jane Eyre” or some other classic novel. Very romantic, in a desolate sort of way! 

12 years ago

Lisdoonvarna? Must remember to visit Ireland in September 🙂

Hahaha – good luck! 😉

12 years ago

Lovely travelogue!  I had a great time when I visited these places last year.  As for the cost of admission to individual sites, most of these are covered by the Heritage Card which can be purchased for €21.00.  You can find more info here:  It was well worth the money and it’s good for a year!

Reply to  Sandy

Was not aware of the Heritage Card, Sandy – thanks so much for the tip!

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