We finally did it! We made it to the Cliffs of Moher. This has been a bucket list item of mine for years. For a variety of reasons we had not been able to make it to the Cliffs up until now. Theo not loving the carseat being the main one. The other being that the weather really needs to be just right to visit the Cliffs. The weather changes frequently on the west coast, and it’s often rainier and cloudier. The Cliffs can often be shrouded in a big cloud of fog, so you can’t even see anything. We wanted to save the Cliffs for a certain sunny day. That day finally came!
We had taken a small road trip with Theo to Northern Ireland in the fall and the drive was pretty much exactly 3 hours as well. We left on a Friday night at 7pm, which is exactly Theo’s bedtime. We gave him a bottle in his carseat and he drifted right off and slept until we reached our Bed and Breakfast. We drove back the next evening during his wakeful hours, but we broke up the drive a bit and it all worked out really well. We decided to try that same approach with the Cliffs. So we set out on a Friday night and got to our Bed and Breakfast in Donegal at around 10pm. The downside of doing it this way is we see nothing the whole way there, but to save ourselves the frustration of a screaming baby for 3 hours we felt it was worth it to drive through the night.
The advantage of driving through the night is that in the morning when we wake up were that much more in awe of the view! Donegal is a tiny village. There really isn’t anything there besides hostels and bed and breakfasts and a few pubs. It was really quaint to wake up in the countryside. People often stay here when they’re going to see the Cliffs.
When we woke up in the morning we took a nice walk through the village/town and just enjoyed the scenery. We had heard the Cliffs are best to see later in the day, since the sun sets in the West and illuminates them the further down it goes. We ended up getting to the Cliffs around 11 am, and while they were absolutely beautiful I would say that the timing suggestion we had received proved to be right. It was still fairly foggy and the Cliffs were turning out pretty dark in our photos. We decided to have lunch at the cafe inside the visitors center and wait out the sun moving just a little bit.
The tickets you purchase for parking include access to the visitors center, which is pretty cool. They literally built it into the cliffs and it really blends in. They have information inside all about the cliffs and the wildlife around. A couple hours later around 1 pm we headed back out and the cliffs were less in the shade. We wandered around a little bit and up the trail for a bit. There are walls that go for quite a while or you can walk on the other side of the wall if you’re daring. If you visit the cliffs with children it’s nice to know that you have a wall barrier there.
All in all it was a great day and we’re glad we saw the Cliffs. There isn’t much else to see nearby, so that’s the only downside, but they are definitely worth seeing if you have the time while in Ireland.