One of Ireland’s most enduring attractions is also its best natural wonder. Cliffs of Moher. Under the gusty winds and waves of the Atlantic Ocean, these lovely chunks of rock broke out of the water and formed a towering sea cliff. Some of them reach as high as 214 meters (702 feet) and stretch all the way to the horizon, where thousands of seabirds, including puffins and guillemots, nest during the summer. The Cliffs of Moher, along with The Burren, form a geopark that enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status.
Daily tours depart from Dublin throughout the year with flights to the Cliffs of Moher. They are located on the west coast of County Clare, which is across the river from Dublin. This means that tours from Ireland’s capital, Dublin, tend to last all day and include a number of other notable attractions along the way, including the Castle, the 2020 European Capital of Culture – Galway City and Kilmarnock dua Abbey. Here are three of the best routes for a trip to the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin.
Full day tour of the Cliffs of Moore
From 45 euros per person
This is one of the more comprehensive full day tours of Ireland’s Atlantic Coast from Dublin. The Cliffs of Moher are the focus of this trip, and you can take a short hike to the top of the cliffs with access to the Atlantic Edge exhibit. You can also see more of the Atlantic coastline, the lunar landscape of Burren and Galway Bay from the comfort of your coach. You’ll also add some historical and cultural attractions to the day’s itinerary, such as the 15th-century Bunratty Castle in the fishing village of Kinwala, and lunch at the traditional music centre Doolin.
Full guided day tour of the Moher Cliffs
From 48 euros per person
Another good option for visiting the Moher Cliffs, this ten hour trip is shorter but has a more minimalist itinerary. This means more time on the cliffs, about two hours to wander the trails, take photos at the different lookout points and learn more about Ireland’s relevant history at the visitor centre. The only other stop today is the city of Galway, the 2020 European Capital of Culture. Here, you’ll have an hour of free time to explore downtown. As with all tours on this list, sturdy, comfortable footwear and rain gear are highly recommended.
Full Day Tours of Moore, Boren and Galway
From 55 euros per person
This is a great 14-hour option for a tour group that can add some extra sights along the way and still leave enough time on the cliffs of Mount Moher. Considering that about 5 of those hours are spent commuting across the country to Dublin, this is a better option. Along the way, there are also stops at Kilmacduagh Monastery and its sloping roundhouse, unusual views of The Burren, and driving tours along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. There will also be time to explore the cobblestone streets of Galway.