Trip Report: Majestic Cliffs of Moher & Doolin Cave (Ireland)

Cliffs of Moher

TRIP REPORT INDEX

PartTitle
1Trip Report ✈ 15 Days – Ireland & Poland on Miles + Points
2Trip Report ✈ 15 Days – Ireland & Poland Daily Highlights
3Review: Aer Lingus Lounge – New York City – JFK
4Review: Aer Lingus NEW Business Class – JFK / DUB (Dublin)
5Review: Aer Lingus Revival (Arrival) Lounge Dublin Ireland
6Review: Sheraton Athlone Hotel (Ireland)
7Trip Report: What To Do In Athlone, Ireland in 24 Hours
8Trip Report: What To Do In Galway, Ireland in 24 Hours
9Review: Aran Islands (Inishmore) + A Wormhole That Could Kill
10Trip Report: Galway To Doolin, The Burren, Castles & Forts
11Trip Report: Majestic Cliffs of Moher & Doolin Cave
12Review: Hilton Dublin Hotel & 6 Hours in Dublin
more to come

SUMMARY

Majestic Cliffs of Moher – Fantastic!

The Cliffs of Moher were the main reason we visited Doolin, Ireland, but I didn’t realize there was much more to do (including those things covered in my previous post). We visited the Cliffs both in the evening and the morning looking for the best views. Had I known earlier, I would have stayed at least 1 more night to have time to hike The Wild Atlantic Way. Be sure to check it out BEFORE completing your itinerary!

CLIFFS OF MOHER

We originally planned to visit the Cliffs of Moher (pictured above) in the evening to try to catch sunset as people say the views are better (and there are less people and parking and entrance is free). There was no sun to be found in the evening or the following morning but the cloudy skies made for a bit o a dramatic back drop. I WISH I HAD READ ABOUT THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY BEFORE I PLANNED MY ITINERARY! “The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route.” Had I planned an extra night in Doolin, I would have opted to hike the coastal trail from Doolin to The Cliffs of Moher. The photos on their website are amazing.

The view opposite the Cliffs of Moher:

Cliff of Moher

There are many viewing points at the Cliffs of Moher. You can walk in the entrance, snap a few pictures and leave but that would be a waste. I can’t imagine being here when it’s crowded — there were only a few people enjoying the evening views.

Cliffs of Moher

DOOLIN CAVE

The Doolin Cave was not originally on my list of things to do but I’d glad we discovered it. Book online to save 20% or grab a flyer from a B&B or restaurant can also get you 20%. This privately owned cave has the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere – it is 7.3 metres (23feet) long. Sometimes these types of places are Disneyfied — but fortunately, this one is not. Here is the entrance:

Doolin Cave

The group climbed down many stairs. This is the walls of the hole that was dug with only hand tools so as not to disturb the massive stalactite. Adding the fact that this was privately funded is amazing!
Doolin Cave

First everyone gets helmets. It’s very dark down there…and easy to bump your head. I saw it happen a few times.

Doolin Cave

Finally, we entered the room with the giant stalactite! How much does it weight? About 10 tons.

Doolin Cave

Doolin Cave

The stalactite was found in 1952 by two students, Varley and Dickenson. Here is the original tiny hole where the students entered and later discovered the stalactite!

Doolin Cave

On the way back to Dublin, we this area looked interesting so I pulled over, jumped out, and climbed down for a few photos:

The Burren - BMW

The Burren

Our last view of The Burren on the way back to Dublin:

The Burren

 

My Cameras: These photos were taken using my Canon S110 Digital Camera (which has been replaced by the S120) as well as my larger Nikon D50.  I love the S110 – it’s tiny, fits in my pocket, and takes amazing pictures/videos.

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