This blog was written by Emily Lange, a guest at Abigails Hostel in Feb ’16
Dublin quickly became one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to and certainly holds a special place in my heart now. A friend from back home in Georgia suggested that I stay at Abigails Hostel and I am so happy I listened to her. The staff was so friendly, I made a friend the first three seconds I was in my room, and the location could not possibly get any better.
There are day tours offered through Abigails, but I had a very tight schedule, as I was only in Dublin for three days. I googled other day tours and found the Cliffs of Moher day tour from the Dublin Tour Company. This tour included stops at Dunguaire Castle/ Kinvara, Corcomroe Abbey, Poulnabrone Dolmen, an Irish pub for lunch (best beef stew ever), Ballyvaughan , and of course the Cliffs of Moher.
Admission to the Cliffs of Moher is included in the ticket for the whole tour. Once you make it to the cliffs, you have about two hours to explore and go through the visitor center which I highly suggest! There’s even a gift shop where you can purchase traditional Claddagh rings.
My tour guide was a gentleman named Gary and he was absolutely incredible. The whole way to the Cliffs of Moher he pointed out interesting things along the way, shared funny stories, and really made sure that we were enjoying ourselves. He made a point to learn where everyone was from. When I had a chance to talk to him, he said that there was no doubt that I’m Irish. I thought he was talking about my red hair and without me saying anything he said, “And I am not just talking about your hair, even your facial structure is Irish.” That was a first for me, but I’ll take it! My Irish Grandmother would be happy to hear that.
At the first stop, Dunguaire Castle, I was the first to fall down a hill and make a fool of myself; ladies and gents please wear good shoes and pay attention where you step. It wasn’t long after me that a friend I made almost fell but grabbed onto a branch with thorns- again please be careful! I feel like the castle was the perfect first stop, set on the water it was just absolutely gorgeous.
Surrounded by rolling hills of green, Corcomroe Abbey was definitely one of my favorite stops of the day. I traveled to Ireland solo and was a little anxious about exploring on my own, but sure enough I even made friends during the day tour. At Corcomroe Abbey we were greeted by some cows at the gate and while we were all gathered watching them, I overheard an American accent and turns out this young lady and I lived an hour from each other down in Florida. Shout out to Ellie, Greg, and Laurie!
We enjoyed some traditional Irish food together at the pub we stopped at just before reaching the Cliffs of Moher. All I ever heard about the Cliffs of Moher is how incredibly windy it is there, but we had some luck on our side that day because the weather could not have been better considering this is Ireland. Pictures just do not do the Cliffs justice. The scenery throughout the whole journey to and from the Cliffs was just breathtaking.
I highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling through Ireland quickly. I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to see enough during my short time in Ireland; however, this tour gave me a great taste of where some of my roots are from. The Dublin Tour Company’s Cliffs of Moher tour enabled me to see not only the Cliffs, but so much more of Ireland’s beautiful countryside.
If you’d like to read more from Emily you can check out her blog at https://whattimeandconsequencehavemademe.wordpress.com/