After a beautiful morning exploring Bunratty Castle, our coach headed toward Doolin. In Doolin, we stopped at O’Connor’s a traditional Irish pub. My meal at O’Connor’s was one of my favorite meals of the entire trip. As O’Connor’s was a traditional Irish pub, I took the opportunity to order traditional pub fare… fish and chips.
We finished lunch quickly and walked around the shops of Doolin. I picked up a few pieces of Irish chocolate from the local candy store as gifts for loved ones back home.
Irish Rail Tours- Cliffs of Moher
Our next stop on tour was the highest sea cliffs in Western Europe, also known as the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs run 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) and are majestic. The weather the day we visited the Cliffs of Moher was lovely. We were able to view the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges.
The Cliffs of Moher features several walking paths, a visitor center, and several shops. After taking in the majestic view of the Cliffs of Moher, we headed into the visitor center. The visitor center features historical information about the region, interactive exhibits, and perhaps most importantly clean restrooms!
After the Cliffs of Moher, our coach headed towards Galway. Our last stop of the day was a visit to the Burren. The Burren is a national park halfway between the Cliffs of Moher and Galway. The Burren means “rocky” place in the Irish Language and is a limestone landscape that occurred naturally. Oliver Cromwell referred to the Burren as, “no tree to hang a man, no water deep enough to drown him and no soil deep enough to bury him.”
Our first day ended in Eyrie Square in Galway. We dropped our bags off of our hotel and headed into Galway for a late dinner.
- Amanda is a native of Richmond, VA. She enjoys writing, blogging, traveling, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.