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Departure: 9:00am, Applegreen Filling Station, Athlone
Return: Around 7:30pm, O’Connell Street, Dublin
GALWAY (self explore)
Our next stop will be in the town of Galway. Here you will have 1 hour to explore this amazing little city with its old world charm and cobbled streets. Our guide will walk you down to Shop street and Lynch’s Castle. After this mini-walking tour you will have the rest of the time to explore the small city of Galway on your own.
A harbour city and the fourth biggest city in Ireland. It is hard to believe how much of its old charm the city preserved during the years, despite Ireland’s very fast expansion during the 1900s. Lynch’s Castle, The Spanish arch and the Shop Street, where you will see buskers and other artists doing their trade, are just a few examples of what you can expect for you visit to Galway.
Travel along the WILD ATLANTIC WAY
From Galway, we will join the coastal route and follow the entire Wild Atlantic Way from Galway to Ennistymon. Driving through stunning small villages and towns that are full of history and folklore. Pointing out places like Dunguaire Castle, The Twelve Bens mountain range and on a clear day the Aran Islands. If you get lucky, you might even see dolphins playing in the waves on this truly amazing coastal drive.
Arriving at the Burren National Park for a 30-minute stop on our way to the Cliffs of Moher, you will notice the strange limestone landscape. Described as a lunar landscape, you will notice it does not look like any landscape you will expect in Ireland. Karst limestone rocks as far as the eye can see. These rocks are considered the oldest rocks on earth. This strange landscape holds many secrets, and the warmest ground temperature in Ireland. Although this will be hard to believe with the cold winds that comes in from the Atlantic. On closer look, you will find Mediterranean, Alpine and Arctic plants.
Created during the Ice Age, this landscape still shows the scars of ice plates sliding down this karst stone landscape. With the highest temperatures in Ireland all year round, the tropical plants found in the crack of this landscape is absolutely fantastic. Yes, you read that last part correctly. Tropical plants in Ireland. Growing in the wild. This area boasts unique flora and fauna not found anywhere in Ireland.
CLIFFS OF MOHER
The Cliffs of Moher is our main stop on this day tour. Here you will have more than enough time (at least 1.5 hours) to explore Ireland’s most visited natural attraction. And also explore the interactive centre located inside the visitor centre, included in the tour price.
The Cliffs of Moher span 702 feet into the air, towering over the Atlantic ocean. With stunning views of the Aran Islands and the Twelve Bens Mountain range. Cementing its place as the most visited natural tourist attraction in Ireland and a photographer’s dream. After doing the ledge experience inside the Visitor centre, you will have ample time to explore the cliffs in both directions.
After reaching Ennistymon, we will turn back inland to visit 2 more of our unique stops on this fantastic Cliffs of Moher Tour. Passing through small villages like Corofin. We choose this route due to the abundance of animals and farm activity that you will see. Lots of horses, sheep and cattle on the way. This route also takes us back into the Burren National park passing some amazing lakes and offering up some stunning views over the landscape.
During our 30-minute top at Kilmacduagh Monastery, you will have the opportunity to take pictures of a 12th century round tower and an abundance of 11th to 13th century ruins. Kilmacduagh monastery is considered to have the finest collection of early Christian monastic building in all of Ireland. Round towers at monastic sites in Ireland are very rare. And we think this round tower that is leaning over by more than 2 feet is extremely unique. This stop is an amateur photographer dream.
Before heading back to Dublin, we will stop in Loughrea for 30 minutes. We stop next to the lake. And on a sunny day, this makes for a truly wonderful memory of small town Ireland. Loughrea is a town with a wonderful and old history. Dating back to Strongbow and the Norman invasion in 1236. Besides taking pictures of the lake, you will have the opportunity to stock on on food and drink for the drive back to Dublin as this is our last stop for the day.
Arrive back in Dublin around 7:30pm