Cliffs of Moher County Clare Tour
Atlantic Way offer the Cliffs of Moher County Clare Tour taking in all attractions such as Bunratty Castle, The Burren National Park, The Cliffs of Moher and the Loophead Drive. We offer 2 tours, the Green tour and the Blue tour. For those who want a full day to discover the entire county the Blue tour is for you. For those who want to focus on the highlights the Green is a half day tour.
There are 2 tours of the County Clare. We cater for 4 or 6 group sizes for our tours.
Cliffs of Moher Half Day Tour
The shorter route (Green on the map) leaves Limerick stopping in Bunratty for a photo stop at Bunratty Castle and the world-famous pub Durty Nellys. Driving on through the market town of Ennis with its lovely small narrow streets.
Driving through The Burren National Park we stop at the amazing Poulnabrone Dolman. This is a 5,000-year-old megalithic monument. We drive to the town of Ballyvaughan and along the coast road to Blackhead. This provides us with a great view of the Aran Islands as we travel along the Wild Atlantic Way.
We drive through the town of Doolin famous as the mecca for traditional musicians. Up the road to world famous Cliffs of Moher where we stop for an hour. You will need this time to enjoy this wonder of the world.
Heading home we drive through the coastal town of Lahinch with its famous golf links. Then through the town of Ennistymon and enjoy the rest of the journey back to your hotel. This Cliffs of Moher County Clare tour takes 4 hours.
Cliffs of Moher Full Day Tour
The full day tour (Blue on the map) travels the green route to the town of Lahinch.
This includes all of the above attractions (Bunratty Castle, Durty Nellys, Ennis, The Burren National Park, Doolin, Cliffs of Moher) and include many more detailed below.
The tour then breaks off from the half day tour and travels down the coast along the Wild Atlantic Way by Spanish Point, Doonbeg and arriving at the seaside resort town of Kilkee.
The cliffs at Kilkee are not as high as Moher but are spectacular with many sea stacks giving a 3-dimensional aspect to the cliffs, next stop is the Bridges of Ross to see the sea arches carved from the wild Atlantic Ocean. We are now on the Loophead route with the furthest point being the Loophead Lighthouse and next stop North America, the very interesting tour of the lighthouse is included in the tour.
As we turn for Ennis, we visit the heritage town of Kilrush. Kilrush is a large market town with a very busy port in times gone by. The Vandeleur Walled Gardens are worth a visit . We now make our way back to your hotel.
This Cliffs of Moher County Clare tour with the Loophead drive takes 8 hours, so really a full day. All attractions are part of the tour. Lunch is not provided but an hour is built-in for lunch in one of the many seaside towns.
Further Information on Tour Locations
Cliffs of Moher Weather
There is an old Irish saying: “Is iomaí athrú a chuireann lá Márta dhe”- There is a lot of weather in a March day. The same could be said for every other day of the year in Ireland. The weather is highly unpredictable and we often have the four seasons of weather in the same day. The Cliffs of Moher can be cloaked in fog one minute, basking in the heat of sun, the next minute. When visiting the Cliffs of Moher it is always best to come prepared for all types of weather, a rain jacket and a pair of walking boots are always a good idea.
Occasionally there are high winds or other hazardous weather conditions at the Cliffs of Moher. The visitor center follow the Met Éireann weather warning protocols in such instances.
History of the Cliffs of Moher
We have more information with in depth history around the folklore of the Cliffs of Moher on the page below.
Cliffs of Moher in the Movies
The Cliffs have appeared in many Movies and Song Videos.
- The Yank – 2013 – Wet Ears Productions
- Blind Pass – 2012 – Midnight Pass Productions
- Burke & Hare – 2010 – Ealing Studios
- Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince – 2009 – Warner Brothers Studios
- Into the West -1992 – Parallel Films
- Hear My Song – 1992 – Miramax
- The Princess Bride – 1987 – MGM – “The Cliffs of Insanity”
- The Mackintosh Man – 1973 – Warner Brothers
- Ryan’s Daughter- 1970 – Warner Brothers
- The Guns of Navarone – 1961 – Columbia Pictures
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is a must on your itinerary to Ireland. The Castle, built in 1425, is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland and contains furnishings, tapestries and works of art from that period.
The castle is famous for the night time medieval banquets which operate there throughout the year. Reservations are a must for these banquets.
Bunratty Folk Park, set on 26 acres, is a stunning recreation of 19th Century Ireland and features various types of farmhouses, a church, a magical walled garden and village street complete with pub, post office and various shops.
There is also a fairy village and a children’s playground to entertain the younger guests.
The Burren National Park
The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. This is an extremely appropriate name when you consider the lack of soil cover and the extent of exposed Limestone Pavement.
The Burren is a karst landscape of bedrock incorporating a vast cracked pavement of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites.
The Burren region is internationally famous for its landscape and flora. A visit to the Burren during the summer months will leave a person amazed by the colourful diversity of flowering plants living together within the one ecosystem.
Loop Head is a slender finger of land pointing out to sea from the most westerly point of County Clare. Loop Head peninsula, has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Shannon Estuary on the other, with barely a mile of land saving it from island status.
The spectacular cliff scenery along the Peninsula’s coastal roads are breathtaking. Looking out to sea as there is always the chance of seeing dolphins or whales, soaring gannets and kittiwakes or perhaps, a seal popping its head above water.