Doolin to Cliffs of Moher-coastal walk

My last attempt at the Cliffs coastal walk wasn’t particularly successful. When my friend Sarah told me she wanted an activity based reunion, I figured we’d give it another go.

I had learned my lesson and started in Doolin. We had great intentions of walking from Doolin to the cliffs and on to Liscannor, a mere 16km. After a few minutes, with both of us avid photographers, it became apparent that even 8km to the Cliffs was going to take a LONG time.

We were lucky that there were nearly any other people out walking and enjoyed the nicest walk with the most spectacular views. 

Once we got closer to the Cliffs of Moher, the crowds are massive but the best of the walk was before that so we didn’t mind.

Luckily, there is a shuttle bus in operation and for 6 euro we got a lift back to Doolin. I would LOVE to do the 8km from the Cliffs to Liscannor as the views are supposed to be astounding so hopefully I can do that next time. 

I’d recommend that you ask a local for the road to the start of the walk as it’s not brilliantly signposted. Once you’re on the path, you’re set. 

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Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk

I wanted to make use of the sunshine last week so I decided to head to the Cliffs and do the coastal walk. It all started off so well.  I took the coast road from Ballyvaughan and the weather made the place look so good.

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Eventually, I made it to the Cliffs.  The cost of the car park for a student is just 4 euro.  I arrived at about midday so there weren’t too many in the car park.  The coastal walk is only 8km so I headed off with my phone, water, a few walking snacks and great intentions.   I’ve never developed such an aversion to people as I did on the coastal walk.  They are everywhere. I mean literally I couldn’t escape them.  I had to line up to take my photos as every one and their friends were taking photos also.  I thought that when I was over the “official” Cliffs of Moher part, it would all quieten down and be grand.  No such luck.  It was possibly the least enjoyable experience I’ve had in Co. Clare. i turned around after about 3km because I was getting so annoyed.  Not to worry, next time, I’ll start on the other side and end at the Cliffs.  I took some pictures that you can see below.

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Driving around the Burren…

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I had a lovely post written on my day driving around the Burren but just as I posted it, everything disappeared.  Here’s a brief description of how I spent it.  I started off in Ballyvaughan and drove in the direction of Fanore.  My plan was to just stop whenever I saw other people stopping.

Just a few kilometres out, there were a tonne of cars stopped on the side and that was how I discovered Murrooughtoohy.  This is the point that you can see Connemara, Galway Bay, Aran Islands and Black Head.  It’s very beautiful and you can walk and climb across the Limestone pavements.

Off I went again and just before Fanore a few more cars had stopped to take picture of the beautiful scenery so I did also.  If the weather had been nicer, I would have stopped at Fanore beach but it was really dull so I didn’t.  I drove on enjoying the view until I reached Doolin and there I stopped into the Irish craft shop.  It was a nice spot and you can pick up some nice Irish gifts.  Doolin was packed and the buses were everywhere so I stayed going and was almost going to stop at the Cliffs. Then I saw the amount of cars and decided against it.  I stopped at the Rock Shop instead.  I had heard the most glowing review about it last weekend so I stopped in.  To say that they have a lot of stock is an understatement.  You could potentially spend the entire day just browsing around.  I didn’t eat anything there but I do hear that the soup is the business.

Continuing on I drove through Lahinch, Ennistymon and stopped to see the high crosses in Kilfenora.  The Kilfenora timeline is there also and free of charge and while I wasn’t patient enough to read it all, it seems really interesting.  Lisdoonvarna was the last stop on my journey and I got some great shots on Corkscrew Hill before I finally returned home.