(originally posted 16 Oct 2018)
Today I am going to be talking all about how we spent our second day in Ireland on the dope coach buses (that have built in WiFi), learning all about sheep herding pups, and exploring the extraordinary Cliffs of Moher!
Let me start by talking about the different modes of transportation available in Dublin, at least the modes we put to practice! Foot, which is obviously the cheapest but sometimes not practical or simply not an option. The public bus, which will get you around any part of City Center for a small fare. They do have a 3, 5, and 7 day pass available where you pay a flat rate for X amount of days and then you don’t have to pay the fare each time you get on the bus. I think this is definitely a smart option to consider even if you’ll only be in the area for a few days. There is also train, which is a good option for any travel of decent distance, it’s what we used to visit the Blarney Stone. And for a lot of tourist attractions they offer tours, which use coach buses. That is what we did when we visited the Cliffs of Moher. And of course car, which is an option if you’re willing to rent! Be mindful that in Ireland the steering wheel is on the opposite side of the car and they drive on the opposite side of the road than we do in America!
Now, CLIFFS OF MOHER!
Like I said earlier, tours are offered by different tour offices where they take you to and from the location and you get to learn all the background knowledge and history. It’s really easy and convenient because actually getting to these locations is probably the most troublesome. The only down fall (at least for us) was that they are all day adventures. Literally 12 hours tied to this specific location. But, for the Cliffs of Moher we felt like it was worth the price and the commitment. We didn’t want to have another mess up like we had the morning prior and screw up one of our days! So we bought the tour tickets, met the bus at 7am, and we were on our way.
Like I said earlier, these buses have on board FREE wifi! Which is AWESOME! Especially for international travelers like ourselves who didn’t have an international data plan. It was about a three hour bus ride to the first destination; Sheep Dogs! We got to learn about the history of sheep dogs and how they are taught. We got to watch an bada** demonstration of the dogs in action, and we got to meet all the dogs as well as ask any questions! This was such a unique experience and we joked that if Bella started acting up when we got home we would ship her off to Ireland for training!!
(We have awesome video footage of the demonstration that will be in our Ireland vlog on our YouTube channel. I will let you all know when it goes LIVE!!)
Our next stop on the tour was visiting the Cliffs of Moher by BOAT! This is something Andrew’s mom and uncle suggested and it was SO WORTH IT! We got on this small boat in freezing temps (and rain) and hit the water. This boat tour was definitely a little scary. The ride was SO rocky and unsettling. It felt like you were on a standing rolling coaster (we also have awesome footage of this, which will be in our blog). It was hard to stand let alone walk around! There was even a point where I ALMOST FELL OFF THE BOAT. Now, this may be an exaggeration but there are Andrew’s and Alex’s words, not mine. Had I been a little closer to the edge or had the boat not rocked back the opposite way I could’ve been a goner. The tour lasted about 45 minutes to an hour and was such an awesome way to experience the Cliffs.
You can sort of see the craziness of the water in this picture!
Alex, Mariela, me, + Andrew
Alex and I especially got soaked when ocean water came on board with us! When we stopped for lunch we tried to dry our feet by the fire!
After a quick lunch we hopped back on the bus and headed for the top of the Cliffs! We got to see an ancient castle and beautiful scenery along the way! Once we arrived we only had a set amount of time before we had to be back on the bus (another downfall to doing tours, this didn’t really feel like enough time for this specific activity).
The Cliffs of Moher are no joke, and there are people who have sadly lost their lives here. After visiting we did some googling and found out there is actually one person who fell from the Cliffs and SURVIVED. Crazy. To read more about that I attached the article that we read!
It was a bit of a trek to the top of the Cliffs and there are two different ways you can take- a left and a right. The left takes you to a point where you are actually on top of the cliffs with incredible views of the cliffs below, the ocean, and it makes for a sick photo op! (But be extremely careful, especially during rainy seasoning). And the right takes you to a point with a cool castle and a view of the cliffs from above.
VIEWS FROM THE LEFT.
All in all this was an AMAZING day. Not only was it incredible to witness the Cliffs of Moher from so many different view points, experience a boat tour in rough waters, but views and days like this one always bring me the biggest sense of gratitude and that is was leaves the biggest imprint on my heart. These are the days and moments I live for. I am so thankful I got to experience this feeling in a beautiful country surrounded by people I love.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are a MUST.