Shore Excursion: Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, and The Burren Tour from Galway

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Join this spectacular journey along the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the iconic Cliffs of Moher. See medieval ruins, 16th century tower house castles, churches, graveyards, drystone walls, quays, harbours, ponies, calves, cows, lambs, sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two!

Driving along the coast of Clare, witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline. Board the ferry in Doolin for...
Join this spectacular journey along the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the iconic Cliffs of Moher. See medieval ruins, 16th century tower house castles, churches, graveyards, drystone walls, quays, harbours, ponies, calves, cows, lambs, sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two!

Driving along the coast of Clare, witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline. Board the ferry in Doolin for Inisheer, the smallest and nearest of the Gaeltacht Aran Islands. Keep an eye out for local bottlenose dolphins that occasionally follow the ferry. On Inisheer, explore ancient castles, churches, narrow lanes, stone walls and deserted white sand beaches. 

The return ferry takes you on a guided scenic cruise beneath the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Returning to Doolin, you go to the top of the Cliffs of Moher where you can take a stroll along the Cliffs. Departing the Cliffs you return to Galway.
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Itinerary Details

You depart Galway in the morning with your local trained driver guide who will take you on a unique journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher. Heading towards the ferry departure point at the fishing village of Doolin you will pass through the picturesque villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara and Ballyvaughan.

Along the way you will see medieval ruins, 16th century tower house castles, churches and graveyards, dry stone walls, quays and harbours, ponies, horses, calves, cows, lambs, sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two.

Turning right at Ballyvaughan, your local driver guide will take you south following the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of Clare, via Black Head (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point), Fanore Strand (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point) and the baby cliffs of Ballyreen.
From here you can witness...
You depart Galway in the morning with your local trained driver guide who will take you on a unique journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, through the lunar-like landscape of the Burren and on to the Cliffs of Moher. Heading towards the ferry departure point at the fishing village of Doolin you will pass through the picturesque villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara and Ballyvaughan.

Along the way you will see medieval ruins, 16th century tower house castles, churches and graveyards, dry stone walls, quays and harbours, ponies, horses, calves, cows, lambs, sheep and maybe even a leprechaun or two.

Turning right at Ballyvaughan, your local driver guide will take you south following the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast of Clare, via Black Head (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point), Fanore Strand (Wild Atlantic Way – Discovery Point) and the baby cliffs of Ballyreen.
From here you can witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean as it battles the coastline of Ireland, this is the Wild Atlantic Way.

At approx. 11am you will be in Doolin to board the ferry for Inisheer, the smallest and nearest of the Gaeltacht Aran Islands. The three Aran Islands are three limestone rocky outcrops that lock in Galway Bay, consisting of Inishmore (Inis Mor), Inishmaan (Inis Meain) and Inisheer (Inis Oirr).

During the 30-minute ferry crossing, keep an eye out for a local bottlenose dolphin that occasionally follows the ferry as it approaches the Island. Once on Inisheer, you’ll have time to yourself to explore the ancient castles and churches, follow narrow lanes between stone walls and deserted white sand beaches. It’s perfectly possible to explore the whole Island by hiring a bicycle or even a pony and trap.

The return ferry to Doolin takes you on a guided scenic cruise beneath the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. From here you get an amazing view of the 214m high, 8 km long Cliffs of Moher (Wild Atlantic Way – Signature Point). As they say around here, “From the Cliffs you see the sea but from the sea you see the Cliffs.”

Then, arrive at the top of the Cliffs of Moher. Re-board the coach and your local, your driver/guide will take you to the top of the Cliffs of Moher for a minimum 1-hour stop. Entry fee to the Cliffs and the eco-friendly visitors centre, the Atlantic Edge, is included. Have a stroll along the summit of the Cliffs and take in the amazing views of the huge ocean and sky.

Depart Cliffs of Moher, return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, home to the world famous matchmaking festival held every September and once again through the limestone, glacio-karst landscape that makes up the Burren.

At approx. 6.30pm arrive Galway city to initial departure point.

Important Details

Included
  • Entry/Admission - The Burren
  • Driver/guide
Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Kinlay Hostel Galway, Merchants Road, Eyre Square, Galway, H91 F2 KT, Ireland


9:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Important: A voucher (additional to Viator voucher) will be supplied after booking with departure times, departure point, directions and details. Please print out and bring with you to validate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

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Based on 12 reviews

Reviewed: October 25, 2019

Patrice L

We not only had a beautiful day for this tour, but the small group van provided an even more intimate and informative event. Our driver was a bit of a character and added a few fun stops that were unexpected. We stopped in Lisdoonvarna for the matchmaking festival, which was a real treat, and that was not included on our tour, so this was the perfect tour if you ask me. Everything that day was fabulous and worth the time and expense. Loved it!!!


Reviewed: August 14, 2019

Deborah H

This trip was great! Our tour guide and bus driver, Peter, was fantastic and very knowledgable. The sites were wonderful. The only problem was the rough boat ride to/and from the Aran Island. Be aware of going during rough weather. The crew was great at assisting those who suffered sea sickness - this was due to the terrible weather the evening before. However, once we reached the island, the weather cleared and the return trip was much better! It was a wonderful day filled with memorable events and sites.


Reviewed: July 15, 2019

Patricia P

Our guide, Raymond, was funny, entertaining and very interesting. Even though you see a lot in one day, you have enough time to enjoy each stops. Great places and great views!


Reviewed: July 12, 2019

ADHIRAJ S

It was a very comfortable bus ride. Driver Allen knew the history, the specifics and kept us enthralled.
He has a great sense of humour, friendly and very helpful.
He made the journey interesting and enjoyable.


Reviewed: July 3, 2019

Victor E

Our tour guide Alan Daniels couldn't have done a better job on our tour. We had a wonderful day at the Cliffs and on Aran Island. The trip was well organized and Alan did a great job getting us there and back while entertaining and educating us about the Burrens, the Cliffs, and the Aran Islands. Alan made mention of Corcomroe Abby along the way. We went back to visit and found it to be an extraordinary place we certainly have missed had he not mentioned it. We would do it again!