Cliffs of Moher

Hi all. You can read about our first day in Galway here and here. You can read about our second day in the Aran Islands here.

Our last day in Galway had us up early with bags packed and on the bus. We would be heading to the Cliffs of Moher for the bulk of the day. We stopped first at The Burren. The Burren is part of a really interesting geological landmark. We pulled the bus over and hopped out for some pictures.

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Once we were all done taking pictures at The Burren, we were piled back onto the bus and drove the rest of the way to the Cliffs of Moher. It was really exciting to get to see the Cliffs of Moher. Again, I think it’s one of those kind of iconic Ireland sites. Like, if you’re going to Ireland, you’re going to make a point of seeing the Cliffs of Moher.

I was really excited to see the Cliffs because they filmed the cave scene in Harry Potter 6 at the Cliffs of Moher. Being a huge Harry Potter nerd, this had me really excited!

Eventually, we got there and got unloaded from the bus. We were given our tickets to explore the tower that’s there and then we were left on our own, with the express order to be back at the bus by a certain time so we could get back to Dungarvan that night.

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That cave is where HP 6 was filmed! You can go cave diving there! We were not allowed, otherwise I totally would have!

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That’s O’Brien’s Tower, but more on that later!

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It was a perfect day to go see the Cliffs! It was beautiful up there… albeit a little windy!

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We had a lovely tour guide who was very knowledgeable about the birds who live on the Cliffs. They have Atlantic Puffins there! And I was super excited to get to see them. I unfortunately didn’t see any, and therefore don’t have any pictures.

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At this point, we started the hike over to O’Brien’s Tower. The tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien a descendant of Brian Boru, who I’ve talked about before here, as an observation point.

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We were told that that’s the rock that Harry and Dumbeldore stand on in HP 6!

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The climb up into the tower was probably one of the scariest things I have ever done! I have never been on a smaller or narrower set of spiral stairs before in my life! And they were old! I was afraid we were all going to fall through them! But, we made it safely to the top, and then safely back down!

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Being up in the tower really let me appreciate the beauty of where I was. It provided some extra height (and some extra wind) but the views form up there were completely worth it!

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The roomies and I, of course, had to stop and get a group shot!

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After we were done exploring, we headed into the main building for some lunch (and some snacks for the bus ride back to Dungarvan), before we hit the gift-shop. The gift-shop there was pretty big, so be sure to check it out if you ever go! The main building itself had a lot of really cool stuff to check out about the history of the Cliffs and the buildings there.

After lunch, and gift-shopping, we piled back onto the bus and set back off for Dungarvan. I really loved getting to see Galway! Next time I’m in back in that area of Ireland, I’m definitely going back! It has a different vibe than the rest of Ireland!

Stay tuned to read all about my trip to London!

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