This is the first of a few blogs that will cover my recent 9-day excursion to Ireland! Kicking it off with probably the most breathtaking part of the trip, I’m going to go through an awesome adventure tour I went on out of Galway to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher.
Booked through the Galway Tour Company, I opted for the Cliffs of Moher cruise plus the 2-hour visit to the Aran Islands, a scattered batch of tiny islands just 20-minutes off of mainland Ireland. It was about an 11-hour tour altogether, and it was really well organized. The bus driver doubled as the tour guide, bringing a wealth of local knowledge that dated back hundreds of years. His wit, charm, and hysterical sense of humor made me sad to say goodbye to him at the end of the day (miss you James).
The Aran Islands
The first part of the day began with a ferry ride over to the islands. I am a naturally nauseous person, but somehow, the stabilizers on the ferry enabled me to set foot on land without throwing up (gross, sorry). Once we got there, we had 2-hours to check out the lighthouses, ruins, castle, beaches, horses, and cemetery. It was the perfect amount of time!
Do note, like the rest of Ireland, dress warmly for the Aran Islands. The wind on the ocean on your way over is unreal.
At the end of the 2-hours, we hopped back on the ferry and took a tour of the cliffs from the ocean. Since Irish weather is largely unpredictable, we toured the cliffs during a mist squall (I unfortunately don’t have any crisp photos – a gamble with Irish touring).
The Cliffs of Moher
The infamous cliffs are as grandiose and awe-inspiring as you can imagine. The only drawback is that since it’s the number 2 most visited spot in Ireland, there are people everywhere. It’s a bit of a challenge to get that isolated photo of yourself without a backpack or awkward person in the background.
Nevertheless, the cliffs walkway path is miles long, so if you’re really eager to get a solo shot, it’s definitely possible with some patience.
We only had an hour at the cliffs, so we didn’t make it to any of the ruins on the peaks. That was my one regret with being on a tour – everything was timed perfectly, leaving little wiggle room for expanding upon the stops that intrigue you the most.
Still, as an American, I had no desire to hit the Irish roads. Just before our cliffs arrival, some other American caused an accident in the left lane of the road – no thanks!!
For the daring athletic type, there are hiking trails and bike trails up to the cliffs from the nearby town of Doolin.
At the end of the day, you’re delivered back into the heart of Galway, which was by far the most personable and charming city we explored during our Irish adventure.
Check out a video on my entire trip to Ireland here.
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