There are few places that you can stand on the edge of the world.
The Cliffs of Moher are certainly one of those places. Jagged, untamed and heart-stoppingly sheer — a walk along these natural wonders can only leave you in awe. Extensive trails along the edge offer endless photo opportunities as well as thought provoking questions such as; ‘I wonder why there are no railings, isn’t this a rather gusty place…?’ To answer that question, there just isn’t and yes, yes it is rather windy up there. Spend the day walking along the sheer cliffs and taking in the splendor as you enjoy a picnic lunch in the lush green grass. The drive out to the Cliffs of Moher is almost equally stunning, winding through rural County Clare with views of old stone walls, farmhouses and livestock.
The west coast town of Galway may be “the most Irish” city you will encounter and possibly the only one that you’ll still hear Gaelic spoken in the pubs and shops. The bustling center of town, Eyre Square is the perfect place to wallow away a sunny afternoon and enjoy sports and picnics in the grassy area. With colorful iconic pubs, narrow cobblestone streets and live music in the street performers as well as in nearly every restaurant and pub, this small city really packs a punch. A favorite moment of mine came from sitting in a dark pub packed wall to wall, enjoying a frothy Guinness while jotting down travel tips from two French gentlemen, drinking in some of the most amazing live music, and then catching some traditional Irish step dancing from locals — all in one evening.
Staying in Galway places you in the perfect location to explore the surrounding areas such as; Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, The Cliffs of Moher, and endless scenic drives.
Galway is among the top ten “most friendly” cities in the world and without a doubt, as soon as you arrive, you will feel that. Have a walk about the city, order yourself some Beef & Guinness stew and a pint and take a deep breath — you’re in the heart and soul of Ireland.
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