Galway was the next stop on our itinerary. We decided to stay a couple of nights in Galway to experience another part of Ireland and see the Cliffs of Moher and other sites.
Visiting Galway & the Cliffs of Moher
Snoozles was our hostel of choice for the following two nights. Fortunately, we received a discount for the Cliffs of Moher tour by the Galway Tour Company through our stay at the hostel! For 20 Euros each, we had our tickets purchased and were on our way to the bus stop (only a two minute walk away from Snoozles). Taking the tour, we were able to stop and drive by a bunch of places where our guide told us about the history and folklore. Initially we had intended on renting a car to tour around, but if we did, we wouldn’t have
We drove by many different monuments/landmarks that I cannot quite remember which ones were which.
Dunguaire Castle was our first stop on the tour. They give the opportunity to walk down a trail and up to the castle if we wanted to, although it was a short stop. (Downside to tours).
The Burren (and Poulnabrone Dolmen)
The next stop was the Burren. The Burren is a national park (the centre) located in Kilfenora. It is approximately 250 square kilometres of limestone pavement with cracks called ‘grikes’. In the Burren you will find one of the main attractions the Poulnabrone Dolmen which is a portal tomb. It dates back to the Neolithic period around 4200 BC to 4900 BC. This tourist spot is located located close to the road between Ballyvaughan and Kilnaboy.
Kilfenora – Kilfenora Cathedral
The Kilfenora Cathedral dates back to 1189 and 1200 with some fascinating architecture for you to see with many celtic crosses surrounding the building.
Doolin is a quaint little county and was our lunch stop of the day. The local pub has the most delicious seafood chowder and homemade bread that I have ever had in my entire life. I would highly recommend anyone to go there. It is, however, a very popular tour bus stop so be prepared for loads of busses.
Welcome to the Cliffs of Moher
Finally, we were onto our final destination, the Cliffs of Moher. This tour provides you with (a. Free parking 😉 ) and free admission, along with two hours to explore all parts of the Cliffs. You can go up into the O’Brien’s Tower for a cost. The views were absolutely stunning, and any Harry Potter fan would be in a mini heaven, like myself! While we were walking around the site, our faces were molested by little flies – with some rather unfortunate shots to prove it (of my face). Everywhere we went, the flies were. It got to the point that we had to use our shirts/hair/scarves to cover our faces. Needless to say, it turned out to be quite amusing. I have to say, visiting the iconic Cliffs of Moher was worth 100% of every penny spent.
Ireland “Need to Knows”
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