Doolin to Cliffs of Moher

As far as cliff walks go, Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare is pretty spectacular.

Ranked the best ‘cliff-view’ on the planet by Conde Nast Traveler, the Cliffs of Moher are the second most visited attraction in Ireland after the Guinness Storehouse. Over 1.2 million people visited the cliffs in 2015.

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When planning a trip to Co Clare and the Burren Food Trail last year, a friend of mine suggested I include a walk from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher. He knew I’d love it!

During our trip, we stayed in the fabulous Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, which was about a 10-minute drive from Doolin. The weather wasn’t great but we decided to do the walk regardless. It was dull when we arrived in Doolin but the colourful shops and pubs lining the main street made it brighter. We parked up opposite Gus O’Connor’s pub (famous for its traditional music) and headed for the cliffs.

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Looking back at Fisherstreet, Doolin

It was a bit of a steep walk up out of the main street and following the road to the right for about half a kilometre until we reached the sign for the Cliffs!

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From this point the walk was generally easy with the Atlantic ocean on our right and the tranquil, rural landscape on our left. We could see the gradual rise of the cliffs as we followed the track along the cliff edge. The beautiful pinks of sea rose dotted our path, which was a lovely contrast against the dull sky. The views were spectacular and we hadn’t even reached the highest point yet!

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The track took us a little inland for a couple of kilometres until we had made our way closer to the highest point of the cliffs, which stand at 214m high. From here, we joined up with the hundreds of people visiting the centre. Words can’t describe the beauty at this point. It was simply breathtaking.

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We followed the legions of people walking the main path. It was quite surreal how close we were to the edge. Really incredible. My heart was in my mouth as I watched the brave couple (pictured below) shuffle their way as close as possible to the edge for a ‘cliff selfie’. Successfully thank goodness!

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It was too busy to stay for coffee so we decided to keep going and return to Doolin before the rain started. The walk back was just as stunning, passing some curious bystanders along the way too!

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The rain held off for most of our journey, which was about 8km each way, four hours or so in total. I was glad to see the colours of the main street as we made our final descent into the village. Our last stop was the Doolin Chocolate Shop for some well-earned fudge and a triple chocolate bar! Sweet and delicious, perfect after our lovely, long walk.

 

 

 

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