My final full day in Ireland started off with hopping back onto the Paddywagon tour bus at 7:30 am to head to the famous Cliffs of Moher.
On our way, we stopped at a castle to take photos and to stretch our legs. There were some tourist shops and a cafe at this rest stop, so I spent some time browsing before getting back onto the bus.
After the castle, our journey continued onwards until we finally arrived at the famous Cliffs of Moher. Here, we were given two hours to see the cliffs and eat lunch.
My friend, Maria, and I decided to walk/hike the Cliffs of Moher first before getting our lunch. There were two path options: one with a stone “fence” and one without any barrier. For part of our journey, we opted to stay behind the safety of the stone fence. This path happened to be crowded and narrow. At some point, Maria and I decided to hop over a low part in the stone wall and walk on the other side where there were fewer people and we could see the beautiful Cliffs of Moher more easily. The farther we walked, the better the view of the cliffs became, which is seen in the progression of photos I took below. I am sure I said many times “this is so beautiful.”
I definitely think some form of a water-resistant shoe is needed when going to the Cliffs of Moher. Rainboots or hiking boots provide warmth and grip on the muddy/wet path and traction with the high winds. I could not believe the number of tourists that wore impractical shoes to the cliffs. I am talking about high heels or white shoes…crazy! There were also the risk-takers who chose to get as close to the edge as possible for the PERFECT Instagram photo. I had to look away several times.
After taking tons of photos and admiring the view, Maria and I made the trek back so we could grab some food.
I think it was at this point that I decided I am not a fan of organized tours. If you are only in Ireland for a brief time (or any other country for that matter) and want to see the highlights or main attractions, booking a day trip like a Paddywagon tour is perfect! You hop on a bus and the driver drops you off at all of the sights for a limited amount of time. What I did not like is that I had a limited time at each designated location. We drove around 4 hours from Dublin and only had 2 hours at the Cliffs of Moher. For me personally, I wanted to walk/hike along the path more, but there simply was not enough time. When I go back to Ireland (someday), I will rent a car or take a train myself so I can go at my own pace.
When our time was up at the Cliffs of Moher, the Paddywagon driver took us to the Baby Cliffs. This area we only spent 30 minutes at and the views were gorgeous! Once again, I had to look away several times because of how close to the edge my peers were getting for photographs.
Our next stop happened to be a small Irish fishing village. It worked out that this was not a long drive from the Baby Cliffs because someone ended up getting carsick and we had to do some cleanup on the bus. The buildings were colorful and fun!
After our brief pit stop, we drove the rest of the way to Dublin.
For dinner, my friends and I went to the Brazen Head, which is Ireland’s oldest pub! We all had some Irish cider and Irish food. If you are in Dublin, I think the Brazen Head is a must! The atmosphere is fun and live music occurs on certain nights of the week. Unfortunately, we did not experience said live music because we did not stay late enough.
Our group split in different directions after dinner. I went with Maria and Taylor to get ice cream at Cloud Nine, which is right across from Temple Bar. The area around the bar was bustling at night and very lively. A great place to people watch if you ask me!
Well, that concludes my time in Ireland. Please stop back here tomorrow to see my day one recap of Wales!
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