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From Galway: Full-Day Cliffs of Moher and Sightseeing Tour

1. From Galway: Full-Day Cliffs of Moher and Sightseeing Tour

Following pickup, head to Dunguaire Castle on the outskirts of Kinvara. Take some photos at one of the most photographed castles in Ireland before heading through the beautiful, stone landscape of the Burren and past Corcomroe Abbey. This 12th-century Cistercian Abbey is known for its distinguished carvings and rich ornamentation. Then, follow the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of the County Clare, passing Black Head and seeing Fanore Strand. From here, admire the Aran Islands locking in Galway Bay and, in the distance, the mountains of Connemara. Stop for some pictures before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher for a 2-hour stop. One of the most spectacular sights in Ireland, the cliffs rise 214 meters (about 702 feet) out of the Atlantic Ocean and offer one of the most amazing views in Ireland. Next, return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, famous for its annual match-making festival. A photo stop at Doolin pier gives you a chance to feel the Atlantic wind in your face and to see the power of the sea as it crashes in on the shore. During the summer months, there is an opportunity to join a cruise to the base of the Cliffs of Moher (cruise not included). After you’ve worked up an appetite on the beach it’s onto Doolin Hotel for lunch (lunch not included). Try any of the local sea food dishes, you won’t be disappointed.

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From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

2. From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

The Cliffs of Moher cruise sets out from Doolin Pier and follows the cliffs, allowing you to experience them from below their stunning heights. While boarding, passengers will take in amazing views of the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and The Burren. After sailing for about 20 minutes or so, the ferry will make a stop underneath the famous O'Brien's Tower, perched high atop the Cliffs at their highest point. The Cliffs of Moher rise to a magnificent height of over 214 meters which you can really appreciate by sea. On-board you will enjoy an entertaining and informative expert commentary, allowing you to learn about the local history and wildlife. The Cliffs of Moher base is home to a diverse range of wildlife such as birds, basking sharks, dolphins and seals.  The ferry will circle back passing by An Branán Mór, the great sea stack, which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony. The great sea stack plays host to thousands of sea birds that make it their summer home. The ferry will get you up close to view birds such as puffins, guillemots and razorbills. Along the journey back to Doolin Pier, you will pass the sea cave from 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' and the famous surfing spot 'Aill na Searrach' where the 'Aileen' wave is caught.  This one hour journey along the cliffs provides many fantastic photo opportunities and is never the same experience twice.

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From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

3. From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Set sail from Doolin pier and embark on a voyage of discovery as you cruise along the coast to the world famous Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy scenic views of the islands of Aran and amazing limestone rocks of The Burren in North Clare. Approach the Cliffs of Moher to get a fantastic view of the headland of Aill na Searrach, popular with surfers for the wave they call the Aileen. Continue to the large sea stack of An Bhreannan Mor, just below the highest point of the cliffs. Marvel at all the tiny people strolling around the Visitors Centre and O'Brien's Tower observatory as you cruise off the coast for about 20 minutes. Benefit from the services of the experienced crew who will point out areas of interest and help you look for sea birds, such as gannets, guillemots, razorbills and Atlantic puffins nesting on the rocks. Return to Doolin and enjoy more amazing views on the 20-minute journey back to the pier.

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The Aran Islands & The Cliffs Cruise

4. The Aran Islands & The Cliffs Cruise

You will be guided south along the Wild Atlantic Way and into the lunar-like Burren region. From there you'll head to the picturesque fishing village of Doolin where you’ll board the ferry to Inisheer (Inis Oirr) – the smallest and most vibrant of the Aran Islands. Explore Inisheer, home to ancient churches and castles, one of the Irelands most beautiful beaches, lighthouses, shipwrecks, and several cafes and pubs. You can take a pony and carriage, hire a bicycle or stroll the country roads. On your guided return journey, cruise alongside the foot of the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular journey which puts the 214m high, 8km long cliffs into perspective. Stop for a hearty meal at a traditional local pub before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher. You will receive free entry to the cliffs and the eco-sensitive visitor center. Take a stroll along the cliff edge and consider how tiny everything looks from above! Once you depart the cliffs you will take the coast road home, following the Wild Atlantic Way before one last stop at the stunning Baby Cliffs in Ballyreen where you can walk atop the Burren. Return time in Galway is approx. 7:30 PM.

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From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island and Cliffs of Moher Ferry

5. From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island and Cliffs of Moher Ferry

Inis Oírr, also known as Inisheer, is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. It is the closest island to the Doolin Pier with a population of about 300 people. The new express ferry provides the fastest crossing to the Aran Islands with only a 15 minute journey from Doolin to Inis Oírr. Inis Oírr is a charming island with a lot to offer. Visitors to this island can enjoy medieval ruins, seal colonies, a shipwreck, a lighthouse, fantastic walks and much more.  Upon your arrival, you can choose to walk, rent a bicycle, hire a horse and cart or take a mini bus tour to see the best parts of the Island.   After enjoying about 3 hours on Inis Oirr, the ferry will depart the island at 1:45 PM. With this option you will take the ferry back to Doolin via the Cliffs of Moher. This ferry journey brings you to the Cliffs of Moher's highest point beneath the famous O'Brien's Tower. From here, there is an expert on-board commentary which is both informative and entertaining.  The ferry will circle back passing by An Branán Mór, the great sea stack, which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony. The great sea stack plays host to thousands of sea birds that make it their summer home. The ferry will get you up close to view birds such as puffins, guillemots and razorbills. Along the journey back to Doolin Pier, you will pass the sea cave from 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' and the famous surfing spot 'Aill na Searrach' where the 'Aileen' wave is caught.  This one hour journey along the cliffs provides many fantastic photo opportunities and is never the same experience twice.

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From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise

6. From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise

Take a day trip to the Aran Islands and see the Cliffs of Moher by cruise on this tour awarded the "Best Irish Experience 2021" award by travel2ireland and the ITTN. Enjoy exploring Inis Mór with an audio guide. Sail through the sea and take in incredible views of the Cliffs of Moher on your return to Galway. Depart from the Galway city docks and admire the stunning views of the Connemara and Clare Coast before arriving on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Learn about the history, heritage, and culture of the Aran Islands via an audio guide. Spend 4.5 hours on the island to enjoy sandy beaches, stone forts, and the serenity of island life. Your return journey takes you along the Cliffs of Moher. Formed 300 million years ago, the cliffs rise to a magnificent height of over 200 meters which you can only truly appreciate from the water. Listen to your audio guide while onboard to learn why the Cliffs of Moher are so iconic. See Ireland’s largest sea bird colony, 'An Branán Mór Sea Stack,' and a sea cave used during a Harry Potter film. Watch out for puffins, dolphins, seals, and basking sharks that call these waters home.

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From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island & Cliffs of Moher Cruise

7. From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island & Cliffs of Moher Cruise

This tour combines a visit to the smallest island Inis Oirr and a cruise underneath the Cliffs of Moher. Explore the island for a few hours and return to Doolin via Cliffs of Moher. Inis Oirr (Eastern Island) is only a 30 minute ferry journey from Doolin. There are many attractions to be found here including ancient castles, a shipwreck, a lighthouse, one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, a modern playground and several fine pubs and cafes. The 3 pubs all serve good, local food and traditional Irish music can be heard on a daily basis. The Cliffs of Moher are the crowning glory of the Clare coastline. Like a viewing platform for prehistoric giants who wish to peer over the edge of Europe, the cliffs provide an unrivaled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean, a world unchanged since the pre-Celtic masters of magic, the Tuatha Dé Danann who ruled Ireland.

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Inis Mor Island and Cliffs of Moher by Ferry from Doolin

8. Inis Mor Island and Cliffs of Moher by Ferry from Doolin

Have the opportunity to enjoy the Island of Inis Mór and even stay the night if you wish. Inis Mór (Inishmore) is the largest and most traveled to of the Aran Islands. Its name means Big Island and has a population of around 900. The ferry journey takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes each way. You may choose any day to return and after your return to Doolin Pier, you will then stay on board for the Cliffs of Moher cruise. Or, if you would like to use your Cliffs of Moher ferry pass another day, that is fine too. You will receive a separate ticket for the Cliffs of Moher Cruise to be used on another day.  The ferry will circle back passing An Branán Mór, the great sea stack, which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony. The great sea stack plays host to thousands of seabirds making it their summer home. The ferry will get you up close to view birds such as puffins, guillemots, and razorbills. Along the journey back to Doolin Pier, you will pass the sea cave from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the famous surfing spot Aill na Searrach, where the Aileen wave is caught. This 1-hour journey along the cliffs provides many fantastic photograph opportunities and is never the same experience twice.

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From Doolin: Inis Oirr (Inisheer) Ferry and Aran Islands

9. From Doolin: Inis Oirr (Inisheer) Ferry and Aran Islands

Visit Inis Oírr, one of the 3 Aran Islands. Board a clean and modern ferry and depart from the Doolin Pier. Enjoy a scenic ferry ride to the island including striking and dramatic views.  Take in breathtaking views of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Discover medieval ruins. Watch the seal colonies sunbathing on the beach. See a shipwreck that was featured in the beloved Irish TV comedy Father Ted. Although it’s the smallest of the Aran Islands you’ll find plenty to do and see in Inis Oírr. Enjoy a walk through the lush landscape and take in the natural life of the island. The flora of this island contains rare alpine species which are under conservation. Look out from the Clare coastline and admire the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher from a unique perspective. Explore the island’s rocky landscapes and fields surrounded by stone walls. If you'd like a snack or a drink during your time on the island, you can stop at one of Inis Oírr's many delightful bars and cafes. After 5 hours on the island, board the ferry make the trip back to Doolin.

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From Limerick: Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

10. From Limerick: Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

Departing Arthurs Quay, Limerick at 8:30 AM daily, your local driver/guide will take you via Bunratty Castle and Ennis to the picturesque village of Doolin in County Clare. Here, you will board the 11:00 AM ferry sailing from Doolin to Inisheer, the smallest and closest of the Aran Islands. The ferry passage takes between 20 and 30 minutes. Once on the Island, you will have 2 hours of free time to explore an ancient castle, church, shipwreck, lighthouse, beaches, cafés and pubs. Return to the ferry, departing at 1:45 PM and, on the way back, sail beneath the Cliffs of Moher. From the sea, you get a unique view of the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Upon return to Doolin, reboard the tour bus before your driver/guide takes you to the top of the Cliffs of Moher. Once there, entry to the eco-friendly visitor's centre, the Atlantic Edge, is included. After your visit here, sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque scenery on your way back to Limerick. The tour returns between 8:30 - 9:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Aran Islands

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Great experience! Amazing landscapes, breathtaking views. The whole experience wouldn’t be so great if it was not for Jerry, our driver. He was very nice and pleasant, kind and incredibly funny, very communicative and full of knowledge that he generously shared with us. We hope to meet him again in our next tour. We highly recommend Jerry for your future tour in Galway.

Gerry(driver&tour-guide) is so great!! My friends and I truly enjoyed the trip on 15/12!! The price is really worthwhile, well, actually, the trip worths more than that price!!! I’d recommend this link to my friend hahaha DD

Jam packed day. Full of different sights and activities. Beautiful day overall. Gerry our guide was brilliant, couldn’t recommend him more, full of information and jokes to keep the day fun. Must do tour!

C’est un incontournable en Irlande, les falaises sont vraiment magnifiques et le guide était top (je ne me souviens plus de son nom, c’était la journée du 25 octobre)

Great views of Dunguire Castle, Cliffs of Moher and the Burren accompanied by a signing Irish entertaining guide.