We booked the tour to the Cliffs of Moher via Dublin Tours on October 18th 2016. Our front desk at Kinlay House Hostel, where we were staying, helped us book it just the evening before.
Our family of 4 took the bus at 7am from Dublin. We got back to Dublin at 9pm. That’s a very long day!
This is a single day trip and at this time of year (the Fall) the following were included – not in this order however:
• 1 ½ Hour Stop at Cliffs of Moher
• FREE Admission to Cliffs
• Dunguaire Castle/ Kinvara
• Poulnabrone Dolmen
• Ballyalban Fairy Fort
• Leamaneh Castle
• Kilfenora/ High Crosses
• Doolin/ Lisdoonvarna
• Black Head
It’s a cross country trip. The drive is only really 3hrs each way but you make stops along the way to the places listed above. At several spots you can get out and explore, grab a bite to eat, take a food break or use the restroom/toilets.
We started the drive off with Ferkal (sp?). He was really nice, funny and even better, he had my family sit up front. Everyone else was like, Why do they get to sit up front?
Well, here’s a tip, if you want to sit up front, be chatty, friendly and smiley with the driver. We didn’t realize this is why we sat there. We found out that Drivers like to chat, that’s partly why they work for a tour company. When they have people near them who are speaking other languages or not engaging, then it makes their job harder and less enjoyable.
So, CHAT and enjoy your guide/driver. They are giving their knowledge, humor, driving and time to you so engage with them. And yes, they are getting paid to do this job but they also take pride in their job and knowledge so give them some courtesy.
Ferkal did have to leave and switch drivers at one point, about 3hrs in. We then got Angie. She was wonderful.
Loved her spirit, attitude, friendliness as well as her needing to hush the other passengers in back who were speaking Italian loudly off an on.
We made a lot of stops and learned a lot along the way. The Fairie stories and white hawthorn tree seem to have stuck with me the most. Stories parents told their children to control them with fear so kids wouldn’t disobey or seek out trouble were very interesting to me. Angie is still scared of many things to this day because of all these childhood stories.
We got out and saw Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara that looked cooler from afar than in person. We could’ve just driven past it in my opinion. Isn’t it beautiful in photos? In person though, it’s all locked up and you just walk around this very small perimeter.
Personally, my family of 4 loved the stories and history being told to us but we didn’t really need to get out to see some of these sites along the way. I know there needs to be a build up to the main event (the Cliffs of Moher) but for us, the other stops were just time killers.
The Cliffs were honestly amazing. There was plenty of time to explore but not so much that you were just waiting around either.
Check out all of our pictures of our time at the Cliffs of Moher. We HIGHLY recommend this tour and if we make it back to Ireland we would absolutely take another one by this company.