Ireland, Day 10: The Stunning Cliffs of Moher and the Stark Wilderness of the Burren

877 - Cliffs of Moher

For more on Ireland, see my posts from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, and Day 9.

Leaving behind our beloved Dingle was a sad proposition, but luckily there were still lots of Irish highlights ahead of us on Day 10. To get to some of them, we began our day by driving our bus onto a ferry and crossing the River Shannon. We then continued on to our destination: the Cliffs of Moher.

Before arriving in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher were one of my most anticipated destinations; I had seen how beautiful they looked in photographs, so I figured I would be blown away in person. And, luckily, this turned out to be true: they are absolutely gorgeous. Another thing they are? Quite windy and chilly. Still, getting your hair messed up in the wind is a small price to pay for views like these:

871 - Cliffs of Moher

868 -Cliffs of Moher

870 - Cliffs of Moher

873 - Cliffs of Moher

872 - Cliffs of Moher

Next up, we drove to the Burren, an area of vast limestone formations. From afar, the landscape looked quite desolate and barren, but up close, it was actually quite fascinating, with tons of flowers and plants peeking through. We met up with local expert Mary Howard, who led us on a short walk around the rocks, sharing her expertise and enthusiasm along the way. The Burren was one of the most unique environments I’ve ever seen!

896 - The Burren

911 -The Burren

916 -The Burren

909 - The Burren

914 -The Burren

In the evening, we arrived in the town of Galway, where we would spend two nights. We mostly used Galway as a base to explore other spots in the area, but it was a nice city nonetheless. Galway is Ireland’s most international city, so we decided to take advantage of that and have something other than seafood or pub food. We wound up at Thai Garden, where I had some of the best Thai food of my life – not an experience I expected to have in Ireland!

919 - Thai in Galway

After dinner, we wandered around Galway a bit, taking in some of the colorful buildings (something I never, ever got tired of photographing while in Ireland) and walking past the park where JFK visited in 1963:

918 -Galway

920 -Galway

928 -Galway

922 -Galway

What this day reminded me was that there are so many highlights in Ireland. Just when you visit a place like Dingle and wonder what can possibly come next, you wind up finding even more treasures!

Practical Information:

  • Cliffs of Moher: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland | +353.65.708.6141
  • Burren Guided Walks: Old Road, Fanore, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland | +353.65.707.6100
  • Thai Garden: Spanish Arch, Quay St., Galway, Ireland | +353.91.567.865

10 thoughts on “Ireland, Day 10: The Stunning Cliffs of Moher and the Stark Wilderness of the Burren

  1. I visited Ireland way back in the mid 1970’s. It left me with wonderful memories of a lush country, hearty folks, robust laughter, a musical accent I can never quite capture, and now a yearning to return.

    1. I think the memories you list capture Ireland perfectly today as well – particularly that lovely musical accent. And I myself am also longing to return, even though I’ve only been away for about a month!

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