The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren is one of my favourite day trips in Ireland. It leaves Galway bright and early and heads for Kinvara and Dunguaire Castle. Dunguaire is one of Ireland’s many tower houses . Sitting on the shore of Galway Bay it has a great view of the Galway Hookers (boats!) heading out. We just stopped for a short stroll and then on to the next sight.

Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle

The next stop is Corcomroe Abbey, Saint Mary of the Fertile Rock, just inside the Burren. The monastery was built in the 13th Century and by the end of the 1600s it was disused. What’s left still stands today in a field in the north Burren region.


After the Abbey, where would we be without a stroll through the rocky outcrops of the Burren.

The last highlight of the day is what everyone goes on the trip for – the Cliffs of Moher. I go here a lot. 8km long, 214m high. You won’t catch me going anywhere near the edge!

O’brien’s Tower  stands along on the cliff top. This is where I imagined Bill and Fleur’s cottage in Harry Potter to be. The Cliffs were also used for ‘The Cliffs of Insanity’ in The Princess Bride. And they are definitely insane. Insanely high.



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