The Wild Atlantic Way & The Cliffs of Moher

The west coast of Ireland, dubbeIMG_8369d the Wild Atlantic Way, is probably my favorite area in the world to visit.

 

 

Though it’s one of the most visited areas in Ireland,  roads are still small and winding and there aren’t billboards littering the side of the roads or strings of crappy hotels.

I love traveling here because of this. There seems to always be a breeze and the fresh air and secluded corners do retain the wild feeling written in the name.

 

 

 

 

One of the biggest stops along this route is the Cliffs of Moher.

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This was my third visit to the Cliffs. Each time has been completely different and I think this was my favorite. To be fair, last year’s trip was slightly marred by the fact that our bus started giving out half way up the hill to the cliffs and we nearly slid backwards off of the cliffs’ road. For some reason unknown to me, the other bus goers were super laid back during this traumatic brake-less bus incident and I was the only one grabbing my bag and looking for that little hammer you break the glass with. When the bus recovered and we groaned to the top of the cliffs, the time there was spent attempting to return my heart rate to a normal level and weigh out the options for how long it would take me to walk all the way back to Salthill vs. how much I wanted to get back into the terror bus.

 

Needless to say this trip to the cliffs was far less eventful which I was extremely happy about. We used a different tour company for our day trip – Healy Tours – which was a big improvement over last year.

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This time, driving to the cliffs was a lot of fun as the bus driver talked about the local history we passed along the way and had us all cracking up most of the time.

When you get to the Cliffs you can go left or right, and you’ll really only have time to fully walk out and back.

In the past I’ve always gone right – and the view of the cliffs is pretty extraordinary

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This time I went left, and the views are completely different and equally beautiful. What made this day so special is that it was one of the very few crystal clear days and we were able to see much further, with more detail.

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Highlights: Great tour guide, beautiful day, highly recommended!

Lowlight: Obnoxious Canadian girls who interrupted the guide. They also claim to be dancers but walked like they were about the throw down in the thunderdome.

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A trip to the Wild Atlantic Way and the Cliffs of Moher is definitely recommended.

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