The Cliffs of Moher

World-Famous For Good Reason

John McKinney

Leaving from Ballyferriter and heading north towards Doolin to see the Cliffs of Moher, we took a mountain road called the Conor Pass. The Conor Pass provides magnificent views from the road. At the top of the pass, there is a vista point you can pull off at. Wanting to hold on to the Dingle Peninsula as long as we could we pulled the car over for a hike without hesitation. Climbing the hills next to the lookout led us to a high hill with a 360° view of the valleys below. Hikers here had created a rock mound, with each hiker adding a rock to the pile. At this point, it was a few feet in diameter and almost as tall as I am. We added our own rocks to the pile and made our way back to the car.

Adare For You

Just south of Shannon is a small town named Adare. With thatch roofs covering all the homes, Adare seeks to maintain an old Ireland feel. There isn’t much here, to be honest. However, there is a park across from the Adare Heritage Center that is a wonderfully tranquil place to have a picnic lunch if you happen to be driving through.

The Cliffs Of Moher

Arriving at our B&B in Doolin, our host told us of a small area on the side of the road we could park at and walk up to the Cliffs of Moher. It’s a small pull-off area that barely looks like you can park there but is apparently where the locals park. You don’t have to pay and you get to experience the Cliffs from a totally different perspective. Most people park in a parking lot and walk out onto a platform to gaze out at the Cliffs. The path we took was far more rewarding, it was a small path that led us to the edge of the Cliffs. The only safety “feature” was a small sign warning us of the dangers of the cliffs. We never really felt in any danger but we also were cautious about getting too close to the edge of the cliff.

The Cliffs of Moher were stunning, I can absolutely see why they’re so famous the world over. Continuing on the path, we eventually came to a paved area that had short walls stopping you before you go to the edge of the Cliffs. This much safer area was the official Cliffs of Moher. Once we were behind the safety of the walls, we stopped experiencing that same “woah” feeling that we had felt during our hike up. If you go to the Cliffs of Moher, don’t be afraid to take the small path beyond the signs warning you of the dangers of leaving the safe area, it’s well worth the risk.

With it nearing 9 pm, which is when most of the restaurants stop their food service, even though sunset wasn’t until 10 pm, we headed back to Doolin to grab dinner. Doolin is known for its traditional Irish music, so we made sure to choose a small pub that had live music. We chose Gus O’Connor’s Pub, which was walking distance from our B&B. The food was delicious and the music was great. If you’re looking for a place to grab a pint and listen to traditional music, Gus O’Connor’s is a great choice.

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