Ireland is a country that has so many places to explore. The best hidden gems are those that only locals know. You can travel from one end of the country and back within a day which isn’t too common in most countries. As both myself and Darragh live in Ireland we decided that more road trips were needed and what better way to start that with part of the Wild Atlantic Way in Co.Clare. The Wild Atlantic Way is a tourism trail on the west coast, and on parts of the north and south coasts, of the Republic of Ireland.
We got on the road from Limerick Sunday morning and headed an hour outside of the city to our first location which was the beautiful surfing village of Lahinch. We only wish we had brought our swim gear with us to get out into the water. While we were sitting by the sea we saw loads of different places where you can rent surf boards and get lessons. Lahinch Surf Experience has a good reputation from what I hear so we will have to check them out and report back.
After capturing some photos of the waves we continued on our journey to the Cliffs of Moher. Darragh had been to the Cliffs as a child but I had never seen them in person before. The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction that sees over 1 million people visit every year and from the photos below you will see why. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. I was in awe looking at the views. When you are standing near the Cliffs they don’t look real, they look like something from that you see on a postcard. They really are beautiful. Be mindful of The Cliffs in the wind. The path is narrow and the edge is a sheer drop. To visit the Cliffs it will cost you between €4-6 depending on your age. Lots of parking available too.
The next stop was a small village called Doolin. A family friend lives there so we had to call by for a cup of tea and I am so glad we did. Down at Doolin Pier you will catch the most breathtaking views. Being near the sea is my happy place and sitting on the rocks in Doolin I never wanted to leave. It’s a magical place. The ferry to the Aran Islands departs from Doolin Pier. As we were on a day road trip we didn’t have enough time to visit the Aran Islands but it is on our list for the West Coast of Ireland.
While we were on our road trip locals told us that the match making festival that takes place every year in Lisdoonvarna was on. We drove through the lively town for a look to see if there was much going on and the town was packed. People from around the world travel to this famous festival of love. There are pubs in the town dedicated to the festival.
We left Limerick City around 10am and set off on our day road trip. The roads were lovely to travel on and it was the perfect road trip for one day. Ireland is a country that is so manageable to drive around.
Have you been on a Road Trip of the Wild Atlantic Way? Let us know!
Kate & Darragh