The Cliffs of Moher was the first “big” sight I saw when I was in Ireland! I was lucky enough to have my dad come with me for a week when I moved to Dublin for my Masters, and we decided to take a trip out west. I was unsure if it could really be as beautiful as it looks in the photos. I will let you decide for yourself! If you haven’t seen the west coast of Ireland, you must include it on your next trip…
Other than the trip with my dad, I went with my best friend when she visited from Berlin in October. When I went with my dad, it was bright and sunny and clear! It was the opposite with Tiffany- rainy, foggy, and windy as all get up. However, I feel like I have really experienced the Cliffs now. Rain or shine, they will amaze you!
The drive out there was interesting for me; I loved being able to see the rest of the country that I would call home. I found it interesting how small the farms were, compared to Canadian farms. (It seems much less massive and automated, still personal, in Ireland.) I spotted this cottage in one of the towns on the way there, my dream would be to live there! Perhaps a fiver a week will achieve that, haha.
The first thing I noticed was O’Brien’s Tower. It is a bit of walk up all of the stairs- a narrow and round staircase- but really gives you an idea of what it was like to live and work in a round tower.
Once I came back down, I finally took notice of the cliffs and ocean. It is a bit astounding to someone who lives on the prairies. I live with the knowledge that for thousands and thousands of kilometres, there are fields. Maybe some slight, rolling hills if it gets crazy. And then finally the mountains. The ocean is rather unfathomable to me, as it seems to never end.
When we got closer to the small cove, a few things stuck out. There is a piece of rock jutting out of the water, somehow still surviving. I should hope that no boat hits it! There is also a small beach. Apparently people surf out on the west coast- after seeing the waves, I can understand it but my fear of water stops me from ever wanting to actually partake….
The Cliffs really are stunning- that sharp and intimidating rock face meeting a never-ending ocean. And although on one hand feels quite lonely and barren, it is so green and lush. I’m only sad that I’ve yet to see any puffins in Ireland! (One day, it will happen.)
One feature of County Clare that we found quietly interesting are the stone fences- because stones are everywhere in the Burren, farmers used them for fences. They are withstanding, and blend into the landscape itself.
An absolutely wonderful spot to visit! It is one of my favourite places on the west coast (Kylemore Abbey is the other- that will be up in this series in the next few weeks!), and I would recommend a trip out there. I’m thankful for being able to see it in person 🙂