County Clare
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Our most recommended County Clare Day Trips

Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

1. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit Galway and its stunning surrounding landscape and see famous landmarks, including Dunguaire Castle and Kilmacduagh Monastery. Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information. Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for 2 hours. Go to the visitor's center for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, and a video from the underwater caves. Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest ground temperature in Ireland. Arrive in the city of Galway, where you will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Discover its old-world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by. Then drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the 12 Bens mountain range along the way. Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point at around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

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From Galway: Cliffs of Moher and The Burren Bus Tour

2. From Galway: Cliffs of Moher and The Burren Bus Tour

Get back to nature on an amazing coach trip to The Burren and Cliffs of Moher, and listen to the history of Galway and the surrounding area as you journey through the windswept landscapes of Ireland’s limestone terrain. Visit Dunguaire Castle to see the former residence of the King of Connacht. Explore the underground caves at Aillwee Cave, or get up close with falcons and owls at the Birds of Prey Center. Continue over Corkscrew Hill to arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, where you will have 1.5 hours to explore at leisure and see the colony of seabirds on the cliffs. Stop in Doolin for a bite to eat, and travel back to Galway along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Cliffs of Moher and More: Full-Day Tour from Cork

3. Cliffs of Moher and More: Full-Day Tour from Cork

Your full-day tour on Ireland’s west coast begins at 07:45 with a check-in at the Bridge Street tourist office in Cork city. You’ll head off on a drive to Limerick, the capital of the mid-western region, with a stop on the banks of the River Shannon. Shortly you’ll continue on the way to the Cliffs of Moher, where you’ll have a 90-minute stop to explore this site of incredible natural beauty. You’ll receive a complimentary ticket to see the award-winning Atlantic Edge exhibit, which examines the mighty Cliffs of Moher from a variety of perspectives. Next, your drive will take you along the Atlantic coast, as you enjoy stunning views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Travel through the Burren region, and take in the unusual sight of its unique rocky landscape. Then you’ll make a short stop at Bunratty Castle before the pleasant return drive to Cork city, passing through the rolling hills of the Golden Vale en route. You’ll arrive back in Cork at around 18:30. This full-day tour offers superb value for money, and operates 364 days a year. All the professional guides are highly trained and among the most respected in the world of travel.

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Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

4. Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

Check in with us at Dublin Heuston Station at 06:40 to take the InterCity train service to Limerick. Upon arrival, we will join our coach bus and have a short tour of the treaty city, the setting for "Angela's Ashes". From there, we will head north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village (admission included), then to a Doolin Pub for our traditional Irish lunch stop. Then, it's on to the majestic Cliffs of Moher on the country's wild Atlantic coast, one of Ireland's most famous and beautiful attractions. After that, we'll enter the unique lunar landscape of the Burren, rounding Black Head before heading along the shores of Galway Bay to reach Galway, the city of the tribes. After taking some time to take in this beautiful city, we will board our Dublin-bound train, arriving at Heuston Station at 21:00.

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From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway City Full-Day Trip

5. From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway City Full-Day Trip

Begin your adventure from Dublin to Ireland's west coast. Pass by the Guinness factory, Kilmainham Jail, Curragh horse racing track and some of Ireland's historic castles. Then, explore the edge of the Cliffs of Moher and take in spectacular views. Enjoy lunch in Doolin village before boarding the bus again for further adventure. After lunch, depart on a short trek around the karst hills of the Burren. Be on the lookout for orchids and beautiful gentian flowers. Finally, discover the Bohemian city of Galway, renowned for its brightly painted pubs, live music, and cafés. Explore the meandering streets and discover the remnants of the medieval town walls before returning to Dublin.

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Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Limerick

6. Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Limerick

Experience the highest cliffs in Europe on a full-day tour from Limerick, departing the historic city for the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. Stop en route to view King John’s Castle and the River Shannon. Continue via County Clare to the west coast of Ireland. Upon arrival at the Cliffs of Moher you will have 1.5 hours to explore one of the world’s greatest natural attractions. Enjoy a hike or relaxed walk, gazing in amazement at the geological beauty. You will also receive a complimentary ticket to the award-winning Atlantic Edge exhibition, examining all aspects of the mighty cliffs. Depart the Cliffs of Moher for Doolin village, where a pint and lunch in a traditional Irish pub can be enjoyed for those that want it. Along the way, enjoy superb views of the Atlantic Coast and Aran Islands. Next, visit one of the most unusual limestone landscapes on a tour of the lunar-like Burren. This is the only place on earth where Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean flowers flourish side-by-side. If it's the right season, you can see one of 26 different types of orchids that grow on beautiful Galway Bay. After a scenic drive along Galway Bay, stop at Bunratty Castle for the chance to grab a coffee. Imagine the days when Norman knights, Gaelic warriors, and jousting chieftains hung out at the hallowed spot. Depart Bunratty Castle for the short drive back to Limerick and Adare, with an estimated drop off at approximately 17:00.

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From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour

7. From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour

Depart from the Kinlay Hostel at 9:00 AM and take the scenic journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher. Pass  the picturesque villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan and Doolin. Turing right at Ballyvaughan, your local, driver/guide will take you south following the Wild Atlantic Way. Witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline of Ireland. Your driver / guide will drop you at the Quay at Doolin, from here you start your walk via the village of Doolin along the cliff path to the Cliffs of Moher. Have 5 hours to yourself and meet your drive/guide at the visitor's center.  Return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, home to the world famous matchmaking festival held every September.

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From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher Small Group Tour

8. From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher Small Group Tour

Your first stop is the 13th-century King John’s Castle in Limerick. The castle itself was built by the notorious King John, brother of famous Richard the Lionheart, and it is widely regarded as one of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe. Learn about the medieval era of Ireland, ranging from the Viking invaders to the Lords of Ireland. Following your visit to King John’s Castle, drive through Lisdoonvarna, home of the oldest matchmaking festival in the world. The pass Kilfenora, home to one of Ireland’s most popular traditional Céilí bands. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way, brimming with magical views, including over the Aran Islands and the surfing beaches of Fanore and Galway Bay. During the coastal drive, go off the beaten track and view the famous Baby Cliffs of Moher. Shorter than the Cliffs of Moher, these smaller cliffs offer the ideal opportunity to see whales and dolphins. Gaze over the magical limestone landscape known as the Burren region. Dating back over 300 million years, this rugged landscape is home to over 1,100 species of plants ranging from arctic flora to Mediterranean perennials and is one of the most fascinating regions of Western Europe. Stop at the traditional village of Doolin, boasting some of the best Irish pubs and restaurants. Order a local dish for lunch, such as Doolin’s famous seafood chowder, soda bread, and freshly brewed Guinness. Arrive at the world famous Cliffs of Moher, to enjoy a relaxing walk and breathtaking views. The cliffs offer a stunning view of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, and the rugged Connemara wilderness. You will also have the chance to see many of the 30,000 birds nesting in colonies along the cliffs and explore the award-winning Atlantic Edge Exhibition. You will return to Dublin at approximately 7:30 PM, where you will be dropped off in downtown Dublin, or at the same location that you were collected from. 

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Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Burren Coastal Drive

9. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and Burren Coastal Drive

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin for a scenic full-day drive through the counties of Kildare, Limerick and Clare, passing the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and world-class golf and surf resort of Lahinch. Your ultimate destination is the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you will get premium entrance to the new Atlantic Edge, an interpretive visitor experience that gives you a virtual reality birds’ eye view of cliff edge life above and below sea level. Then, walk along the cliff face and experience the power of nature at work. Feel the fresh air blowing off the ocean, and the sheer height of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. Visit O'Brien's Tower, standing proudly on the headland, with panoramic views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Next, drive deep into the Burren, traveling along Europe’s edge! See native flora, ancient monuments, and megalithic tombs in Burren National Park, and look out for the unique Fairy Forts and Celtic Crosses. Continue around Galway Bay to medieval Galway City, passing the Blackhead Lighthouse and fishing village of Kinvara, famed for its Galway Hookers (boats). Upon arrival in Galway - described by W.B. Yeats as “The Venice of the West” - enjoy a 30-minute guided walk, and learn about the city’s trade connections with Spain. You will have some free time to explore the narrow streets on your own, or relax in boutique stores and quaint cafés. Then, sit back on the return drive to Dublin, enjoying the on board entertainment, including extracts from the show “Riverdance” and other examples of Irish culture.

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Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin

10. Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Discover the Cliffs of Moher, the number 1 attraction in Ireland on a full-day sightseeing tour. Depart Dublin in the morning by luxury bus, and drive across Ireland to the Atlantic coast, arriving at this natural wonder in the early afternoon. Stop en route at Doolin to experience Ireland's traditional music capital. Pull over for a hearty Irish lunch and pint of Guinness on the lovely western shore. Drive along the dramatic limestone coast and lunar landscape of the Burren to see the only place on earth where the Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean flora grow together. Look out for 28 different types of orchids in season. Arrive at the cliffs to enjoy a short hike among the staggering rock formations. Soak up the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Aran Islands before entering the interpretive Atlantic Edge Exhibition and award-winning Visitor Center. Visit the set of the movies “Princess Bride” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” Capture photos of the scenic spots along the way, including the traditional fishing village of Kinvara and the 15th-century Bunratty Castle.

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What people are saying about County Clare

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8,753 reviews

The trip was so good. Me and my friends had a very good time at the locations. The trip was good and entertaining. The guide was so knowledgeable about everything, The guide was the best point of the whole trip. His commentary along the trip and the funny conversations making the whole tour coming along made the trip lively. The trip was worth the value.

Super punctual, very well accompanied, clean and comfortable coaches. We had Dave as a guide and Sidney as a driver and they were just fabulous. Highway recommended. We would do it again anytime.

The tour with Alex as a fun story teller was great. He obviously ran the trip very well organised. We get the chance to learn the history while on board.

It was a good experience, and a good alternative to visit the West Coast from Dublin. Don't need to take a lunch, you will take it on the way!

Dave and sydney were excellent tour guides and driver. Learned a lot of things and appreciated Ireland even more