Prior to studying abroad, whenever I thought of Ireland I thought of the Cliffs of Moher. So obviously it had to be our first stop!
We decided to take a tour to the cliffs and got even more than we thought we would. The tour not only took us to the cliffs, but also the Burren. The Burren a vast landscape in County Clare. As we drove up to the Ailwee Caves in the Burren, there was green as far as the eye could see. The bright green farm land is separated by stone walls that makes the Irish landscape unique.
Before heading up to the caves we stopped by Dunguaire Castle. It was so picturesque with the water glistening as the sun beat down on us through the crisp air. We wandered around the castle and explored the surroundings.
We weren’t expecting to go to the Ailwee caves, but once we got there, it was an experience I was glad we got to have. Walking into the dark depths of the caves brought us into another world. We ducked our way through the cave and crossed bridges while learning about the history of the environment surrounding us.
Once we were out of the cave it was time to move on to our next destination, the Cliffs!
My excitement grew as we got closer to the Cliffs. As soon as we got off the bus the wind was blowing our hair like crazy. Wind is all part of the experience. As the cliffs came into view I was in awe of the vastness of the well-known landmark.
We went to the left and started walking toward a castle that stood facing the cliffs. We were lucky enough to go on a nice day and got clear skies making the cliffs even more beautiful. After taking picture after picture, we decided to go to the other side and explore.
The paved path eventually ended and we were met with mud and puddles. Luckily I had worn my waterproof boots, but the puddles were so deep we decided to try and go around them. After climbing over the edge, we found ourselves in a mud pit.
We continued to waddle our way through the mud, determined to get on top of the cliffs. Each step I took was deliberate in an attempt to not sink deeper than my boots until I took one wrong step and slid down a tiny mud bank. With my side covered in mud, all bets were off. I was determined to get there.
Once reaching our final destination, we took in our surroundings. One way laid the ocean and the other way was filled with green grass as far as the eye could see.
After a delicious lunch of seafood chowder, we were on our way back to Galway.
On our way we stopped at the “mini cliffs”. This was one of my favorite parts of the tour because it was something I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise. We pulled off to the side of the road and got out to explore. We were able to get even closer to the edge here and the landscape was different than that of the Cliffs of Moher, it was rockier.
Overall, we had a great first excursion out in Ireland!
Check out this video of our adventure: