From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Tour, including Cliffs of Moher Cruise
This tour operates from 01 April to 31 October.
Departing from the Kinlay Hostel on Merchants Road, Galway at 09:00, your fully trained, local driver / guide will take you on a unique journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher. This amazing, comprehensive tour of the Wild Atlantic Way is certainly not one you’ll regret!
As we head towards the ferry departure point at the fishing village of Doolin, you will pass through the picturesque villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara and Ballyvaughan.
Along the way you will see Medieval ruins, 16th century tower house castles, churches and graveyards, dry stone walls, quays and harbours, ponies, horses, calves, cows, lambs, sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two!
Turning right at Ballyvaughan, your local, driver / guide will take you south following the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of Clare, via BlackHead (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point), Fanore Strand (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point) and the baby cliffs of Ballyreen.
From here you can witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline of Ireland. This is the Wild Atlantic Way.
Arriving in Doolin, you board the ‘Doolin 2 Aran Ferries’ ferry for Inisheer, the smallest and nearest of the Aran Islands.
The Aran Islands, are three limestone rocky outcrops that lock in Galway Bay, consisting of Inishmore (Inis Mor), Inishmaan (Inis Meain) and Inisheer (Inis Oirr).
During the 30 minute ferry crossing, keep an eye out for dolphins that occasionally follow the ferry as it approaches the Island.
Once on Inisheer, you’ll have free-time to yourself to explore the ancient castles and churches, follow narrow lanes between stone walls and deserted white sandy beaches. It’s possible to explore the whole Island by hiring a bicycle or even a local guide with his pony and trap.
The return ferry to Doolin takes you on a guided scenic cruise beneath the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
From here you get an amazing view of the 214m high, 8km long Cliffs of Moher (Wild Atlantic Way – Signature Point). As they say around here “From the Cliffs you see the sea but from the sea, you see the Cliffs.”
Upon returning to Doolin, you re-board the coach and your local, driver / guide will take you to the top of the Cliffs of Moher for a minimum 1 hour stop. Entry fee to the Cliffs and the eco-friendly visitors centre, the Atlantic Edge, is included.
Have a stroll along the summit of the Cliffs and take in the amazing views of the huge ocean and sky.
Departing the Cliffs, you return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, home to the world famous matchmaking festival held every September and once again through the limestone, glacio-karst landscape that makes up the Burren.
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What is included
Guided coach tour
Return ferry, including Cliffs of Moher cruise - subject to weather conditions
Entry fee to the eco-friendly visitors centre at the Cliffs of Moher, The Atlantic Edge, is included,
Weather appropriate clothing and comfortable footware.