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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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