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Soaring to 214m above sea level, The Cliffs of Moher are indeed spectacular

It's true to say that the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's top natural attractions. Laying on the Southwestern edge of the Burren, a rocky, moonscape like landscape, the Cliffs soar 214 metres from sea level. The views from the top on a good day are astounding, with panoramas of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, Twelve Bens mountains to the North in Connemara and the Dingle Peninsula in the distant South.

But cliffs aren't the only attraction in this beautiful corner of Ireland. The cultural gem of Limerick city has plenty to offer the discerning traveller with sumptuous local seafood to sample with a pint of stout. An ancient city nestled on the banks of the River Shannon, Limerick is quirky, bustling and uniquely individual.

A sweeping view of the Burren in County Clare, Ireland with limestone shelves, green grass and the blue sky & sea.
The Burren

It is often considered that the strange limestone landscape of the Burren, is similar to that of the moon. It's home to a staggering 1,100 species of unique plants. Drive, cycle or hike around the spacey terrain with an expert guide to get the full benefits of a visit to this interesting part of Ireland.

Geologically speaking, the Burren has it all with valleys, hills, mountains, plateaus, cliffs, beaches, streams, lakes, turloughs, depressions, and caves. Believe it or not but It is the only place on earth where Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine plants grow side-by-side in perfect harmony.

View from the watch tower on the top of the Cliffs of Moher on the Irish west coast with the sun rising.
The Cliffs of Moher

You'll find the Cliffs of Moher half way along the Wild Atlantic Way tour and you won't be disappointed with some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. They get their name from the Gaelic word ‘Mothar’, which means a ruined fort. This fort once stood atop the cliffs but was demolished during the Napoleonic wars in the early 1800’s and in its place was built a signal tower at Hag’s Head.

They Rise gradually from Doolin and ascend to over 213 metres (700 feet) stretching south for 8km to Hags head. For the majority of visitors, the only way they experience the Cliffs of Moher is by visiting the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. The complex was built in 2007 at a cost of 30 million euro and occupies a small section of the Cliffs. Over 1.5 million visitors pass through the centre annually.

Doonagore Castle is a round 16th-century tower house with a small walled enclosure located about 1 km south of the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare, Ireland.
The High Castle

On your drive south from the Cliffs of Moher, you'll pass Doonagore Castle, a round 6th-century tower house with a small, sheltered, walled enclosure. It's situated about 1 km south of the coastal village of Doolin in County Clare, Ireland. It may have gotten its name from Dún na Gabhair, meaning "the fort of the rounded hills" or the "fort of the goats".

Unfortunately, Doonagore Castle is currently a private holiday home so its inaccessible for viewing by the public. The castle sits on a commanding hill site overlooking Doolin Point and has views of the Cliffs of Moher to the north.

Visit the impressive Loop Head Lighthouse, a beautiful white washed traditional lighthouse & adjacent buildings on your tour of the Wild Atlantic Way
Movie Magic

Experience the dramatic landscape of Loop Head located on the north side of the Shannon Estuary with the sheer power Atlantic Ocean rumbling along the rocky coastline. As you drive south from Kilkee you'll follow the famous Loop Head Drive and be awestruck by dramatic cliffs, tempestuous seas and historic sites.

Is it any wonder that the Star Wars location scouts chose this as the perfect place to film the recent movie, The Last Jedi. There was an air of mystery surrounding the filming with the iconic Loop Head Lighthouse being closed to the public.

Limerick City

Limerick was Ireland’s first City of Culture owing to its rich cultural history & life. Visit world-renowned museums such as the Hunt Museum, as well as the Limerick City Gallery of Art, a beautiful collection housed in the historic Carnegie Building.

The city is one of the oldest in Ireland having been founded by Vikings in the 9th century. The fully restored Milk Market on Cornmarket Row is a colourful, fun, energetic food venue with occasional pop-up restaurant events, artisan foods, antiques, music and art. You could spend a day wandering, exploring, sampling exquisite local food and beverages.

Brightly painted Georgian Doorways line the streets of Limerick City.