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If you’re looking for a Cliffs of Moher day trip from Dublin then the Paddywagon tour bus is for you! As it is one of the most visited tourist sites in Ireland, it’s a must while visiting. For budget travelers, the Cliffs of Moher tour is affordable but it is a longer tour, you’re on a bus for about twelve hours. I was lucky in that I made friends with the people next to me, so the time driving between locations was spent chatting with them.
Paddywagon Tours to the Cliffs of Moher
On the way to the cliffs, the tour stopped at a few other locations, such as the Kinvara Fishing Village. I wasn’t impressed with this place much. Maybe it was because there was hardly anything going on for the 30 minutes we stopped there, but I could have done without it. Had there been more time, there may have been things to do, I’m just not sure.
Another stop on the Paddywagon Bus Tour was a Benedictine Abbey, this place was really gorgeous. No one lives here anymore, it’s just ruins now but still incredible. It’s surrounded by hills and greenery as far as the eye can see. Next stop was the Baby Cliffs, not all that thrilling in my opinion. There was a stop off for lunch then onto the Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs of Moher Tour
The Cliffs of Moher are really pretty and were well worth the long trip. If you’re lucky you’ll get a day like I did that was really clear. I had heard that it can get pretty gloomy out there and you can’t see too much when it does, so check the weather before you go. Also, wear good shoes, you’ll be doing a fair amount of walking. They run for about 14 kilometers (about 8.7 miles). At the southern end, they reach a height of 120 meters (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean. Their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) is just north of O’Brien’s Towmeters a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs where the tour lets off.
A note about the Cliffs of Moher, don’t lean on the electric fence to move out of the way for people coming along the narrow passage, you will get shocked! So much for being nice!
After the Cliffs of Moher, we went to Bunratty Castle, it was okay, but not worth the while to get there. Once again, if I had more time, it may have seemed more worth it. I’ve heard great things about Bunratty, but I just didn’t experience it. It’s surrounded by restaurants, as you can see, so it loses some of its regal effect. However, it is the most complete castle in Ireland and they have done a lot of restoration on it. After, our stop at Bunratty Castle we headed back to Dublin!
Again, the Cliffs of Moher tour from Dublin is about twelve hours long so it will be a whole day trip. However, I do feel that it was well worth the time and money spent. The Paddywagon tour company has student discounts and does go to other locations such as Giant’s Causeway, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny, Galway, Kerry, and others. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, they have a tour for you as well!