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From Galway: Cliffs of Moher and The Burren Bus Tour

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

Get back to nature on an amazing day trip by coach from Galway to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher. Listen to the history of Galway and the surrounding area as you journey through the windswept landscapes of Ireland’s limestone terrain.   Hop aboard a comfortable and airconditioned coach at a centrally-located meeting point in Galway. Visit Dunguaire Castle to see the former residence of the King of Connacht. Explore the underground caves at Aillwee Cave, or relax and grab a coffee at the café.   Continue over Corkscrew Hill to arrive at the stunning Cliffs of Moher, where you will have 1.5 hours to explore at your own leisure. Head up to see the colony of seabirds on the cliffs on your own.    Stop in Doolin where you can purchase a bite to eat before traveling back to your meeting point in Galway along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Cliffs of Moher and Blarney 2-Day Tour from Dublin

2. Cliffs of Moher and Blarney 2-Day Tour from Dublin

Experience the dramatic landscapes of the southwest of Ireland on a 2-day budget tour to the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, and more. Kiss the famous Blarney Stone, enjoy panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean, and stay in the historic city of Cork to enjoy the local life up-close. Day 1: Dublin - Rock of Cashel - Blarney - Cork Depart Dublin at 08:00 for a relaxing drive through scenic County Cork. The first stop will be the world famous Rock of Cashel. One of Ireland's most evocative sites, you can stroll in the footsteps of St. Patrick flanked by ruins, Celtic crosses and round towers and feel the soul of Ireland. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster until they donated the complex to the Catholic Church almost 1,000 years ago for use as a cathedral. The site is one of the best examples of medieval architecture in Europe. The next stop is Ireland's second city, Cork. Here there is time to visit the English Markets recently visited by Queen Elizabeth II, that offer a wide range of local produce from artisan meats and cheeses and all that is good about Irish fine fare. This is an ideal place to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon you will go to the quaint town of Blarney to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone (optional) at the medieval stronghold of Blarney Castle. Learn the story behind the tradition as you explore the castle’s dungeons, caves and hidden bedrooms. Return to Cork, where you will spend the night. Day 2: Cork - Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Dublin Start the day with a drive through the beautiful Golden Vale, home to some of the best farm land in Ireland. Stop in Limerick to see the River Shannon and get some fine photos of King John's Castle. Continue west to County Clare, enjoying views of the wild Atlantic Ocean as you drive along the West Coast. Marvel at beautiful beaches of golden sand, looking out for dolphins and whales. Admire the lunar landscape of The Burren, where Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean flowers grow side-by-side. Hear inspiring tales of how the Irish overcame the horrors of the Great Potato Famine of 1845-49, when over 1 million Irish fled to all 4 corners of the earth to escape. Upon arrival at the Cliffs of Moher, gaze in awe at the sheer majesty of the cliffs and crashing waves. See why world surf champ, Kelly Slater, came here for the award-winning surf movie “Wave Riders.” En route back to Dublin, enjoy a short photo stop at the 15th-century tower house of Bunratty Castle.

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This is a really great tour! You get a lot in for 1 day. *BE CAREFUL* though if you get motion sickness even relatively easily! This would be a problem for ANY bus tour you take over less forgiving terrain, not just this one, but if you're prone to getting sick in a simple car ride, it is 10x worse on a bus. Fortunately, it was a slow day when I took the tour, so there were only a handful of other people on the bus I was on to witness this; unfortunately, I threw up on two separate occasions from getting so sick (I went to the back and had a bag ready the second time). The tour guide, though--whose name I regrettably forget since I waited several months to review this--was so chill about it it was insane. Due to the small group, we had a bit of extra time, so he also made a special stop along the road to visit a sweet local donkey and we got to feed it an apple. 5 stars for the tour but extra stars for the tour guide.

this tour exceeded all expectations. the cliffs were breathtaking and obviously worth the trip, but every other stop the bus made, from the castle to the impromptu coastal stop was so beautiful and worthwhile. our driver John was incredibly kind, welcoming, knowledgeable and hysterical! we would recommend to anyone.

We really enjoyed this bus tour. We felt very well taken care of and enjoyed all of the sights. Our guide, Mark B, did a great job of navigating the roads and keeping us on track.

A wonderful tour. Our driver John was able to tell us a lot about the country and its people and was very committed. We can only recommend the tour

John the tour guide was very knowledgeable, personal and approachable.