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  • Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

    1. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

    Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information.

    Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for 2 hours.

    Go to the visitor's center for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, and a video from the underwater caves.

    Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest gro...

    It was a lovely day and we were able to see so much of the cliffs and Galway. I wish we had more time in Galway, but overall it was a great day.

  • Cliffs of Moher Tour and Galway City from Dublin

    2. Cliffs of Moher Tour and Galway City from Dublin

    The Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay are both iconic Irish sites that should be on every visitor’s itinerary. See these spectacular sights, take a short hike at the Burren, enjoy lunch at a traditional Irish pub, and see historic castles along the way. Detailed Itinerary 6:50 AM: Begin your adventure that will take you from Dublin to Ireland's west coast. As you head west you’ll pass the Guinness factory and Kilmainham Jail, and later the Curragh horse racing track and some of Ireland's historic castles. 10:40 AM: Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, walk along the edge of the cliffs and take in the spectacular views. On a clear day you’ll be able to see the Aran Islands. Entrance to the site and the interactive show inside the visitor center are included in the tour price. 12:45 PM: It's time to head to Doolin village for lunch. Well-known for its traditional Irish music, Do...

    I had a great trip. Our guide was Bud, a super cheerful guy who made what could feel like a very long bus ride a lot of fun and fly by! He gave good tips for where to go on the stops. The cliffs are beautiful and we got enough time to trot around and take photo's. We had a tasty lunch in the pub with very quick service as well. The ride from the cliffs to Galway is full of gorgeous views. The stop in Galway was just long enough to have a good stroll around the centre. I would 100% recommend going on this trip.

  • From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    3. From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    The Cliffs of Moher cruise sets out from Doolin Pier and follows the cliffs, allowing you to experience them from below their stunning heights. While boarding, passengers will take in amazing views of the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and The Burren. After sailing for about 20 minutes or so, the ferry will make a stop underneath the famous O'Brien's Tower, perched high atop the Cliffs at their highest point. The Cliffs of Moher rise to a magnificent height of over 214 meters which you can really appreciate by sea. On-board you will enjoy an entertaining and informative expert commentary, allowing you to learn about the local history and wildlife. The Cliffs of Moher base is home to a diverse range of wildlife such as birds, basking sharks, dolphins and seals.  The ferry will circle back passing by An Branán Mór, the great sea stack, which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesti...

    I travelled with family including my 82 year old mum who can transfer but needs a wheelchair for walks 50yds plus however the staff were excellent and courteous helping her on and off boat etc.

  • Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin

    4. Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin

    Discover the number 1 visitor attraction in Ireland on a full-day sightseeing tour to the Cliffs of Moher. You will depart Dublin in the morning by luxury bus, and drive across Ireland to the Atlantic coast, arriving at the masterpiece of nature in the early afternoon. Proudly patriotic and 100% Irish guides provide a fun commentary that helped them to be named the most fun tour in the world by more than 900,000 voters at Hostelworld.com. Stop en route at Doolin to experience Ireland's traditional music capital. Pull over for a hearty Irish lunch and pint of Guinness on the lovely western shore. Drive along the dramatic limestone coast and lunar landscape of the Burren to see the only place on earth where Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean flora grow together. Look out for 28 different types of orchid in season. Then, arrive at the cliffs to enjoy a short hike among the staggering rock ...

    Lovely day out with great stops. Our tourguide Gary was lovely and we had such a nice day. We stopped at the baby cliffs as well and in a lovely village. Would recommend this tour to everybody.

  • Cliffs of Moher and The Burren Full-Day Coach Tour

    5. Cliffs of Moher and The Burren Full-Day Coach Tour

    Get back to nature on an amazing coach trip to The Burren and Cliffs of Moher, and listen to the history of Galway and the surrounding area as you journey through the windswept landscapes of Ireland’s limestone terrain. Visit Dunguaire Castle to see the former residence of the King of Connacht. Explore the underground caves at Aillwee Cave, or get up close with falcons and owls at the Birds of Prey Center. Continue over Corkscrew Hill to arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, where you will have 1.5 hours to explore at leisure and see the colony of seabirds on the cliffs. Stop in Doolin for a bite to eat, and travel back to Galway along the Wild Atlantic Way.

    The trip was very nice, it was the last trip i took before leaving Ireland and one of the highlights. The tour was well planned and the tour_guide was amazing, well informed and caring. Thanks

  • Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Burren Coastal Drive

    6. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Burren Coastal Drive

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin for a scenic full-day drive through the counties of Kildare, Limerick and Clare, passing the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and world-class golf and surf resort of Lahinch. Your ultimate destination is the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you will get premium entrance to the new Atlantic Edge, an interpretive visitor experience that gives you a virtual reality birds’ eye view of cliff edge life above and below sea level. Then, walk along the cliff face and experience the power of nature at work. Feel the fresh air blowing off the ocean, and the sheer height of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. Visit O'Brien's Tower, standing proudly on the headland, with panoramic views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Next, drive deep into the Burren, traveling along Europe’s edge! See native flora, ancient monuments, and megalithic tombs in Burren National P...

    Great experience! You have 2 hours to visit the Cliffs of Moher and 2 hours in Galway. The cliffs are simply wonderful. Richard and Paulo make amazing hosts. They kept us entertained throughout the long drive. Highly recommend!

  • Cliffs of Moher and More: Full-Day Tour from Cork

    7. Cliffs of Moher and More: Full-Day Tour from Cork

    Your full-day tour on Ireland’s west coast begins at 07:45 with a check-in at the Bridge Street tourist office in Cork city. You’ll head off on a drive to Limerick, the capital of the mid-western region, with a stop on the banks of the River Shannon. Shortly you’ll continue on the way to the Cliffs of Moher, where you’ll have a 90-minute stop to explore this site of incredible natural beauty. You’ll receive a complimentary ticket to see the award-winning Atlantic Edge exhibit, which examines the mighty Cliffs of Moher from a variety of perspectives. Next, your drive will take you along the Atlantic coast, as you enjoy stunning views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Travel through the Burren region, and take in the unusual sight of its unique rocky landscape. Then you’ll make a short stop at Bunratty Castle before the pleasant return drive to Cork city, passing through the rolling h...

    Very nice trip! Not too long and not too short. Some extra little photo stops that were really nice. Go and do it! The cliffs of moher are amazing to see!

  • From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    8. From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

    Set sail from Doolin pier and embark on a voyage of discovery as you cruise along the coast to the world famous Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy scenic views of the islands of Aran and amazing limestone rocks of The Burren in North Clare. Approach the Cliffs of Moher to get a fantastic view of the headland of Aill na Searrach, popular with surfers for the wave they call the Aileen. Continue to the large sea stack of An Bhreannan Mor, just below the highest point of the cliffs. Marvel at all the tiny people strolling around the Visitors Centre and O'Brien's Tower observatory as you cruise off the coast for about 20 minutes. Benefit from the services of the experienced crew who will point out areas of interest and help you look for sea birds, such as gannets, guillemots, razorbills and Atlantic puffins nesting on the rocks. Return to Doolin and enjoy more amazing views on the 20-minute journey bac...

    This trip was a great experience, allowing to see the full extension of the amazing Cliffs of Moher from the sea, from a totally different than the one visible from the top of the cliffs.

  • Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Limerick

    9. Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Limerick

    Experience the highest cliffs in Europe on a full-day tour from Limerick, departing the historic city for the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. Stop en route to view King John’s Castle and the River Shannon. Continue via County Clare to the west coast of Ireland. Upon arrival at the Cliffs of Moher you will have 1.5 hours to explore one of the world’s greatest natural attractions. Enjoy a hike or relaxed walk, gazing in amazement at the geological beauty. You will also receive a complimentary ticket to the award-winning Atlantic Edge exhibition, examining all aspects of the mighty cliffs. Depart the Cliffs of Moher for Doolin village, where a pint and lunch in a traditional Irish pub can be enjoyed for those that want it. Along the way, enjoy superb views of the Atlantic Coast and Aran Islands. Next, visit one of the most unusual limestone landscapes on a tour of the lunar-like Burren. This...

    It was amazing, cliffs were beautiful and the other sites were worth it ! Perfect day and the guide was hilarious and fun :)

  • From Doolin: Inis Mor Ferry and Aran Islands

    10. From Doolin: Inis Mor Ferry and Aran Islands

    Inis Mór, also known as Inishmore, is the largest and most traveled of the Aran Islands. Its very name, which means big island, suggests its size compared to the other islands. The population of Inis Mór is about 900 people. This day trip departs Doolin Pier at 10:00 AM and then departs the island at 4:00 PM to return to Doolin Pier. The ferry journey from Doolin Pier to Kilronan Harbor on Inis Mór takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The Aran Islands are believed to be an extension of the Burren Region in County Clare. The famous rocky landscape has helped to create its iconic image of an island divided by fields separated by winding stone walls. The stunning views from this Island reveal an Atlantic gateway from Connemara to Clare.  You won’t be short of things to do and wonders to see on the island of Inis Mór. A full day is needed to see the sights of this beautiful island.  The fer...

    The Inishmore experience was awesome. Enjoyed the travel to/from on the ferry. I have a mobility disability and the crew could not have been more accommodating.

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What people are saying about The Burren

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9,129 reviews

Daniel was an AMAZING guide! So funny and knowledgeable, and had lots of fun games for us to play to pass the time (with prizes!) He even wrote our names for us in Ogham. 10/10 recommend this tour, you won’t regret it !!

Sean was great, He knows history of Ireland very well and he is such a funny dude. We enjoy this experience so much. Thank you very much. It was be tiring but lovely day.

It was a great tour! We loved cliffs and Galway! Our tour guide Daniel made this tour even more special!

The tour was absolutely worth every single cent. Had a really great time.

we had a lovely time and evryone was so nice and friendly