The landscape of this world we live in will forever have me in awe at how beautiful it is. Of course, Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher lived up to the hype and far exceeded our expectations. Thanks in part to our wonderful tour company, it will be a time we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.
The Tour Company
We chose to visit the Cliffs of Moher by taking a day tour with Paddywagon Tours out of Dublin, Ireland. Because everything seems to be green in Ireland, of course it made sense that their fleet is made up of giant green busses all complete with WiFi.
If leaving from Dublin, Paddywagon Tours has 3 convenient pick-up locations across the city.
- Paddys Palace, Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin
- O’Connell Street – “Discover Ireland” Office, next to Savoy Cinema
- Tourist Office, Suffolk Street (Molly Malone Statue)
The group tours are made up of approximately 50 people. If this isn’t your pint o’ Guinness, Paddywagon also offers private tours for an additional fee.
What the Tour Includes
As you can imagine, a lot of your time is spent sitting on the bus, but with so much beautiful landscape to see, you won’t be bored. You’ll also be thoroughly entertained by your driver while he sings, tells stories, and informs you of all the wonderful sights you’ll be seeing.
On our tour to the Cliffs, we made a stop in Ballyvaughan (normally this would be Kinvara but it was overran with tour busses and there was no place for us to park), drove along the scenic Wild Atlantic Way, Burren, and finally onto Doolin for lunch before a short 10-minute drive up to the Cliffs. I recommend the Salmon at Fitzpatrick’s Bar. Hands down the best salmon I have ever eaten!
After your time at the Cliffs, you’ll hop back on your giant green Paddywagon and depart for Dublin. Along the way, one last stop will be made in Bunratty for a pint or shopping before returning to Dublin around 8PM.
Note: This tour also offers the option to get a view of the Cliffs of Moher from below by boat for an additional cost. Due to the weather, this wasn’t an option for us.
At The Cliffs
Arriving at the Cliffs of Moher, you will be given your entry ticket (included in the price of the tour) and kicked off the bus to spend 1.5 hours wandering the area. Stroll through the Visitor Center, purchase a souvenir, or walk up the steep path towards the Cliffs to take in all its beauty. There are few sights more fascinating than standing at the edge of a 700-foot tall cliff above the Atlantic Ocean and letting the time pass by.
Sadly, when we arrived at the Cliffs, we were greeted by rain and fog so dense we could barely see 15 feet in front of us. After walking through the crowded visitor center, we cinched up our rain jackets and decided to brave the weather. After about 20 minutes, the rain stopped, the fog began to lift, and we caught our first sight of the cliffs.
We wandered all over the area hopping through puddles and daring not to fall in the mud or tumble over the cliff in the wind. We were also able to capture a picture for our 2016 Christmas Cards!
*Entire fleet is equipped with WiFi
*Entry fee to the Cliffs is included in the cost of the tour
*Friendly, knowledgeable staff
*Good bang for your buck
*1.5 hours is not near enough time to walk around at the Cliffs of Moher
*Narrow roads + big bus = scary as hell
Our Final Thoughts
We couldn’t have picked a better tour company to take us to the Cliffs of Moher. Our driver, Paul, was fantastic – very funny, knowledgeable, and a damn good driver on those narrow roads. Beware, he’s a heavy drinker and was running on an 18-pint bender from the night before (or so he says). Should we ever find ourselves on the Emerald Isle again, we will definitely book another tour with Paddywagon Tours (the Giant’s Causeway is calling our name).
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