The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren - The Edge of the World
Buy discounted tickets from us at the school
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's most visited natural attraction. Their stunning beauty is breathtaking and we would strongly recommend you to visit them during your time in Ireland. There are a number of tour options from which you can choose from to bring you to the cliffs. These tours will bring you through the Burren landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is equally as impressive as the cliffs.
If you’re looking to go on a day tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, we sell discounted tickets here at GBS.
The tours lasts a full day and you will make a number of stops on the way; The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Dunguaire Castle and the Ailwee Caves.
We recommend that you be prepared for any kind of weather as it changes quite frequently in Ireland. Bring a packed lunch, a bottle of water, a warm jumper, sun cream, a camera and waterproof clothing.
The Cliffs of Moher
The cliffs tower at over 200 meters from the ocean and span 8km in length. There is a scenic walkway along the top of the cliff and have your camera ready to catch the wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Aran Islands and Connemara. Sunsets here see the sky turn a kaleidoscope of amber, amethyst, rose-pink and deep garnet-red.
The area is a haven for big wave surfers and the waves are known for being some of the biggest in the world. See if you can spot a few surfers when you visit!
Stretching across northern Clare, the rocky, windswept Burren region is a unique striated lunar-like landscape of barren grey limestone that was shaped beneath ancient seas, then forced high and dry by a great geological cataclysm. It covers 250 sq km of exposed limestone, and 560 sq km in total.
The springtime and summertime are the best times to visit the Burren as this is wildflower season. There is a large variety of wildflowers which provide brilliant, if ephemeral, colour amid its stark beauty. You'll find such colour peering up through the cracks in the rock.
The Burren region is unlike any other and has to be experienced firsthand to fully understand the significance of the landscape.
The Dunguaire Castle is located in the beautiful seaside town of Kinvara. The castle was built in 1520, and was originally occupied by the King of Connacht, Guaire Aidhne. The castle stands 75 foot tall and is the most photographed castle in Ireland!
Doolin is a small town in West County Clare, and is considered by some to be the traditional Irish music’s capital of Ireland. On a clear day it’s visible from GBS windows in Salthill. It’s a great place to stay or make a short stop when visiting the Burren or the Cliffs of Moher for your lunch or for a warm cup of tea.
County Clare has always been a hotspot for traditional Irish music. In the sixties and seventies there was a traditional Irish Music Revival and during this time the two most talked about places to hear traditional Irish music were Dublin and Clare. Today, Doolin has been coined the music capital of Ireland for the calibre of musicians that make their way there to play tunes in the local pubs.
Doolin is a popular spot for adventure sports and the landscape supports activities such as rock climbing and hill-walking. There’s a Rock Climbing and caving centre that’s worth checking out, but is only open in the summer months if you care to come back!
The ancient Ailwee cave is the most impressive caving system in all of Clare. At the entrance to the cave, visitors are greeted with the remains of one of the last bears in Ireland. The cave features an underground river and waterfall, as well as many large stalactites and stalagmites. Please be advised, the Ailwee caves are only available seasonally.