After grabbing a couple of cheese toastie’s from a local McDonalds, which are surprisingly addictive, it was only around 7:15 AM, as we waited for our tour bus that would take us across the country of Ireland to visit part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
After a little over two hours, one coffee stop, and an Irish vocabulary lesson from our driver (going out for a ‘craic’) we finally arrive at the Cliffs of Moher. We were a bit disappointed as we’d heard how the view is never as good on a smoggy day, which this day definitely was. When we first stepped off the bus, it was drizzling and we could just make out the Cliffs from afar. Fortunately for us we must’ve been carrying along some Irish luck, for the closer we walked towards the Cliffs of Moher, the bluer the sky got. By the time we were halfway up the pathway, it was still cloudy but with sun beginning to shine through and we had a full and perfect view of the Cliffs of Moher.
After over an hour wandering, taking photographs and admiring the view, we walked away and made our way over to O’Brien’s Tower, and at the same time the clouds came back almost cloudier than before. Safe to say, luck was on our side.
The Cliffs of Moher is one of those attractions that leave you in awe, especially when you’ve spent years in awe just from the photos alone. You really gain a new appreciation for the natural beauty of nature.
The views of fields out in the distance is another amazing site to see, in it’s own right. Being native to New York City, it’s easy to get lost in the concrete jungle and forget that some places are so amazing simply because they aren’t overdeveloped.
The Cliffs of Moher visitor center was ridiculously overcrowded to the point where you could barely move, but the short filmed “The Ledge” is actually a cute find as it shows the Cliffs from various angles and we were able to grab some Murphy’s ice cream. Actually the best ice cream you will ever eat, and the only shop that will ever compete with Ample Hills Creamery.
*Tip: Whenever you pass a Murphy’s in Ireland, get Murphy’s
*Tip 2: Get the Dingle Sea Salt flavor, which is actually made in Dingle.
*Tip 3: Don’t climb over the small fence built to keep you safe to take a “ledge selfie” on the Cliffs of Moher, because I watched two people almost fall to their doom, there is a memorial for those who’ve lost their lives in the Cliffs and because if you die, you won’t get to try Murphy’s.
Finally, we all re-boarded the bus and took a short drive to the Burren, which we didn’t get to spend much time at whatsoever. My one pet peve with tours, is that they often try to throw in more than they can legitimately fit into the schedule. But this just means I’ll have to go back!
Our next stop was Galway City, which we also felt was a bit rushed but we did have a good amount of time to roam the city center and check out a bunch of shops including some used bookstores. But definitely another place we’ll have to go back to on our own time. I’m definitely guilty of being one of those travelers that want to see as much as possible, but there are certain places that you wish you could just relax, and get lost in for a few hours or a few days.
We also passed through at least twelve smaller towns that were so small we hardly knew we were passing through them. Our driver said, “You’ll notice as we drive through these small towns that each one has at least one church and two pubs, so you see where our priorities lie.” When it comes to clashing personalities in these small towns, his response was, “If someone you aren’t fond of comes into the pub, you just go to the other one.” Our driver was top notch on this tour.
Once we got back to the east coast, we knew there was only one spot that could quench our hunger: Nandos.
*Tip 4 – When in doubt go to Nandos.
They get Nandos, and we get KFC back home; which seems like a very unfair negotiation to me. So if anyone wants to petition to have a the best fast food restaurant opened in one of the best cities (I’m bias), I’m definitely in.
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