Cliffs of Moher#3 in Best Things To Do in Galway
One of Ireland's most iconic sights sits about 50 miles southwest of Galway, and according to travelers, can't be missed. Visitors describe the breathtaking scenery of the Cliffs of Moher as "stunning" and "simply awe-inspiring." Stretching for 5 miles, this natural wonder stands 702 feet above sea level at its highest point, offering views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Maumturk Mountains, as well as the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands on a clear day. Between April and July, Atlantic Puffins nesting on Goat Island can be seen from the cliffs. There are three main viewing platforms, all of which offer different vistas, as well as O'Brien's Tower, which was built in 1835. After you've walked the cliffs, stop by the visitor center, which houses interactive exhibits, a virtual reality tour of the cliffs from a bird's-eye point of view, historic images and much more.
If you didn't rent a car in Galway, you can still easily reach the cliffs via public bus and coach bus. Bus Éireann offers five daily services to the Cliffs of Moher on its seasonal route 350 bus (available starting in May). If you'd rather take a coach bus, Galway Tour Company offers year-round tours and is well-reviewed by travelers.
The Cliffs of Moher are accessible to visitors year-round, except the days surrounding Christmas. Visiting hours vary by month, but generally, the attraction welcomes tourists starting at 9 a.m. until as late as 9 p.m. in the summer. June, July and August are considered peak season. If you're visiting in the summer, you'll want to avoid the hours between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. if you're hoping to sidestep the seasonal crowds. Admission costs 6 euros for adults (around $7); entrance is free for youths 15 and younger. The entrance fee covers access to the visitor center, the Cliffs of Moher pathways and platforms, an informational leaflet and a site map, and parking. You'll have to part with an additional 2 euros (less than $2.50) if you'd like access to O'Brien's Tower. On-site facilities include restrooms, gift shops, ATMs, a restaurant and a coffee shop. Touring the attraction is self-guided, but you can download a free audio guide app for your smartphone. Visit the official Cliffs of Moher website for more information on what to bring and wear, wildlife viewing and to book your tickets.
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#1 Wild Atlantic Way
This western coastal route, which begins in the north of Donegal and runs 1,500 miles through nine counties ending in the south of Cork, is a breathtakingly scenic experience. No matter how much of the route you choose to experience, you'll find a wealth of attractions along the way, including the famous Cliffs of Moher, castles, golf courses and the largest stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere at Doolin Cave, among many, many others. For an on-the-go guide to the route's highlights, consider downloading the free Wild Atlantic Way App (available for Apple and Android), which also works offline.
Recent visitors who drove along the route called it "wild and wonderful," with "spectacular scenery." Reviewers also noted that the route is well-marked.
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