How to Take the Perfect Cliffs of Moher Trip From Galway

Cliffs of Moher Guide

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Galway is surrounded by beautiful countryside which is easy to visit during even a short trip.

If you’re staying two days or more you’ll have plenty of time to see the city and explore the Cliffs of Moher. I’d recommend making a couple of stops along the way which I’ll explain in this post.

Cliffs of Moher tours from Galway

If you don’t have your own vehicle, the best way to get to the Cliffs of Moher from Galway is a day tour. These depart Glasgow early and transport you to all the below stops.

We travelled by air-conditioned coach as part of a small group tour. Everything was well organised and we had enough time at each stop.

Book a tour with Viator for €45.

Cliffs of Moher itinerary

Whether you take a tour or self-drive, here’s how your day could look:

Read next: What to do in Galway, Ireland

9.30am – grab coffee in Galway

I believe every day should begin with caffeine. My favourite coffee shop in Galway is Jungle Cafe set in an indoor garden. It’s just a one-minute walk from Galway Coach Station where tours depart.

10.30am – stop at Dunguaire Castle

A 30-minute drive from Galway sits Ireland’s most photographed castle. Dunguaire has a fairytale feel and is set on the pretty Galway Bay so I added to the statistic by snapping a load of pictures.

Dunguaire Castle
Dunguaire Castle Galway

11am – drive through the Burren

This national park is a scenic area with loads of weird, wonderful cliff formations and woodland. You’ll even see ‘fairy rings’ which are objects naturally in a circle (trees, rocks and mushrooms all count). When the locals deem them a fairy ring it’s taken very seriously: you mustn’t enter inside one for fear of a curse, and you should only walk around one in a clockwise direction.

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11.30am – see Poulnabrone Tomb

From Dunguaire Castle, it’s a 40-minute drive through the Burren to Poulnabrone. This ancient structure is a tomb estimated to have been built 5,000 years ago. To put that in perspective for you, that makes it older than Egypt’s pyramids!

Poulnabrone Tomb

12pm – pass through Lisdoonvarna

This small town has an interesting claim to fame. It’s home to Europe’s largest matchmaking festival which takes place every August. Even if you pass through the village outside of this time you’ll see the multicoloured Matchmaker Bar where it all began.

12.30pm – stop in Doolin

This little village is adorable. If you know me you’ll understand that this colourful cottage was my highlight but you might be more than excited by the famous Doolin Chocolate Shop.

Doolin is also a ferry launching point for visiting the Aran Islands from March to October.

Pink house Doolin Ireland

1pm – lunch in a country pub

We stopped at Gus O’Connor’s in Doolin and filled up on hearty beef and Guinness stew. Am I Irish yet?

Guinness stew Gus O'Conners Pub Doolin Ireland

2.30pm – arrive at the Cliffs of Moher

Finally – the highlight of my day!

At the bottom of the cliffs keep an eye out at for the cave where Harry and Dumbledore destroyed a Horcrux in the sixth Harry Potter film.

If you’re lucky you might even catch sight of a puffin. But if not, this whole area is totally stunning and there’s no way you’ll be disappointed. The sun set towards the end of our visit so we got to see the cliffs in all types of light – see the sequence below.

Cliffs of Moher Ireland
Cliffs of Moher Ireland
Cliffs of Moher Ireland

Don’t forget to check out O’Brien’s Castle on the cliff edge.

O'Briens Castle Cliffs of Moher
O'Briens Castle Ireland

4pm – head back to Galway

Set off at 4 and you’ll be back in Galway for 5.30pm. Loads of time for dinner and experiencing the Irish drinking culture!

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2 thoughts on “How to Take the Perfect Cliffs of Moher Trip From Galway

  1. ANITA J SIMPSON says:

    Glad to see this post! We will travel from Galway to Cliffs on route to Dingle. Another tour guide suggested to get to Cliffs early to beat the bus crowd, however I like your leisurely pace from Galway (having only arrived in Galway the day before). We will visit at end of Sept and have a car. Thoughts?

    • Rose says:

      Hey Anita! I think early is always best if you want to beat the crowds!

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