Last week, we had the chance to go to the amazing Cliffs of Moher, located on the western side of Ireland. We initially thought about doing this trip through a coach bus via Viator, but eventually decided to do a private tour through Kennedy and Carr. Initially, we weren’t sure whether the cost of doing a private tour justified the benefits of (1) easy child care and (2) a less stressful day with driver pickup and dropoff from the apartment we were staying. However in retrospect, this was the best decision that we made our entire trip. It’s hardened to understate how amazing The Cliffs of Moher really are. It’s possible to see pictures as well as drone footage online but there’s absolutely nothing like seeing them for yourself. We were based in Dublin and did this trip as a whole day activity.
Our trip started in the morning at 8am, where we were met outside our apartment door by Cean. He had brought 9-person Mercedes van, which give us ample space to rest and relax on the drive. Thankfully, the weather was absolutely beautiful, and it was great to see the rolling hills pass by as well as the yellow gorse bushes.
The trip to the Cliffs of Moher took about 3 hours, but we stopped briefly at a rest stop (the suprisingly-named Barack Obama Plaza at Moneygall) as well as to see Bunratty Castle. We got to the Cliffs of Moher around 11 a.m. At that time, there were a fair amount of tour buses and people around, but the Cliffs has a lot of open space and the day was absolutely perfect.
At the Cliffs of Moher, we first walked to the right of the visitor center to see a castle with great viewing spots. After this, we went to the far left of the visitor center, which had paths that let one go beyond the protected ledges and sit adjacent to Cliffs themselves. Needless to say at the views were stunning. We took a fair amount of photos, being mindful of the edge. Our driver was fantastic, and actually helped us find the best photo spots on the route.
After viewing the Cliffs of Moher, we went to the fishing village of Doolin and had a great meal there. We then proceeded to go to a unique geological formation called the ‘Burren’, which had an austere ‘lunar’ landscape.
After visiting the Burrens, we had a long drive home, eventually arriving back at Dublin and around 8 p.m. Looking back, this trip was the highlight of our 2-week London-Edinburgh-Ireland vacation, and I would highly recommend this tour (and Cean) to anyone else going to Ireland!