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6 Things you should take to the Cliffs of Moher

 

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Very few people head to Ireland and miss out on the Cliffs of Moher, in fact everyone I talked to recommended heading there first.  We didn’t quite head there first, but we did head over on our third day in Ireland.  We were lucky we had our backpacks with us because a few of the items below I wouldn’t have thought to bring because it was a sunny beautiful day in Dublin when we headed out.

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Some of the following might seem like common sense, however the cliffs were pretty crowded and you would be surprised at the sheer number of people that didn’t have ANY of the things listed below.

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  1. Something to clean off your camera lens.  This is a necessity as there is a fine mist coming off the water there will leave water droplets everywhere.  There are so many Instagram perfect spots you don’t want to mess it up with water spots.
  2. Closed toed shoes.  You would be absolutely shocked at the sheer number of ladies at the cliffs in high heels and open toed shoes.  And this was in the fall!  While the park does have a paved trail, the best pictures are beyond the paved trail down the cliff walk.  This is an area that will always be extremely muddy, slick, and precarious.  Not a place for heels!  Just a quick tip on this as well, the visitor’s center does NOT allow you to wash your shoes off after your hike, so you will be stuck with muddy shoes for a while if you decide to wander down the unpaved trail.
  3. Umbrella, yes even on a day that doesn’t have a cloud in the sky.  The weather changes often and rain is the norm, however even if you are super lucky and get a day when it doesn’t rain (like we did) the umbrella keeps the previously mentioned mist off camera equipment.
  4. Beverage container.  It’s a long walk no matter how you slice it and the visitor’s center is way over priced!  Take a collapsible cup or a reusable water bottle and fill it up at the water fountain to save you a lot of money.
  5. Something to cover your ears.  Especially in the fall, winter or spring time.  We had beanies, but really anything will work to protect your ears from the wind.  It’s incredibly windy along the cliff walk and it can give even the healthiest person a slight earache.
  6. Lastly, time.  This seems like a no brainer, but if you are in Ireland and you don’t have a car, there are tons of tour groups that head out to the cliffs so you can still enjoy them.  The thing is these tour groups give you on average an hour, and honestly that is not enough time.  If you have to do a tour group choose one that allows over an hour because while they say an hour is enough, it’s really not.  If you can rent a car or just take a bus and spend all the time you want there it would be best, the walk can be as short or as long as you want.  Depends on how much you love the views.

 

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27 comments

  1. Oh, Ireland! I’ve got this on the top of my travel bucket list. I recently came back from Wales and on the coast of Llandudno, there are similar cliffs to the Cliffs of Moher… they take my breath away! There’s nothing like being oceanside while the wind sweeps up your hair, breathing in the salty air, hearing the birds cry above you… Magical. ❤

    1. Flights are super, wickedly cheap. We got a $99 flight out of New York to Dublin. I have seen the flights drop as low as $89!

  2. Im always in awe of how beautiful and varied this world is! Those views are incredible! I never would have thought to bring something to cover my ears. Thank you for this valuable list!

    1. I get ear infections really easily so I am always trying to keep the wind out. I hope you feel better soon! Ear infections are the worst in my opinion

  3. You have shared some great and beneficial tips here-something to clean the camera lens seems so important and it is one item that many people can miss. These pictures are beautiful too!

    1. It was my first time traveling with a real camera and not just my camera phone so I didn’t even think about something like that. Luckily we had all our possessions with us when we went!

  4. We recently did a DNA test and want to travel by DNA. Ireland, of course, is on both my husband’s and my list. Thank you for this practical list of items to see the cliffs. I definitely wouldn’t have known what to expect – like something to clean the camera lens. That’s not something I would have normally thought of.

    1. What a neat idea! I have never thought about traveling based on my DNA, I am going to have to look into that!

    1. This trip was the first time I actually took a real camera instead of my phone for pictures and I am really impressed with how all the pictures came out!

  5. So so beautiful and majestic! It would be So worth the trip just to see that. Your ear coverings idea is really good – who would think the wind would be that bad, but I can imagine it gets really windy up there!

    1. Thank you! Hoping you get out to see them in the near future, because pictures definitely don’t do them justice!

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