Next week, I’ll be sharing the nitty gritty of my trip to Ireland in early April. However, The Cliffs of Mohr and surrounding countryside deserve a post of their own, so that’s what I’m talking about today.
While we were on the Galway side of the country (don’t talk to me about East and West – the compass is not my forte), we took a daytrip to the Cliffs of Mohr. The company we used was called Antrim Tour and our tour guide, Eamon was the best! We started the day driving a tiny bit south to the fishing village of Kinvara, and all the while, Eamon was educating us on the land and the history. Our first tour stop was to see this beautiful ancient fortress, Dunguaire Castle.
Once we left there, we were on the bus for a while, but it didn’t matter because the landscape was absolutely beautiful. It’s exactly what you would think of in Ireland: 50 shades of green with grey skies, and livestock. Eamon started talking about the unevenness of the ground due to…wait for it…tectonic plates shifting. What?! Haven’t heard that term since I don’t know when! Anyway, look at what geology created, it’s called the Burren and it’s incredible:
Now the reason this post is really so important is because once we finally got to the Cliffs of Mohr, I truly thought I may die. I’m not saying that dramatically. The Cliffs – beautiful as they are – were seriously the most dangerous place I’ve ever been, and one misstep and I’d be a goner. The wind was so strong this day, too, so between the slippery, muddy paths lining the Cliffs, the wind and the electric fence, well, odds were ever not in my favor, lol. But, low and behold, we survived. Moral of the story: be. careful.
The Cliffs of Mohr – dangerous as they are – were absolutely stunning. Like, it wasn’t only the danger that took your breath away. I couldn’t understand how the beautiful blue (choppy, scary) ocean I was looking down on was the same Atlantic that’s gross and grey here. We should ask Dumbledore, since this is where he took Harry in Half Blood Prince. Anyway, here is a photo of the Cliffs, but I personally don’t even think the ones featured here do this landmark justice.
I think if you have the time to do a daytrip like this while you’re in Ireland, you totally should. We wouldn’t have known to see the other sights, and even if we saw them, we wouldn’t have learned what we did. In my mind, the best vacations are proportioned between tourist exploration and local wandering. This covered one half of our time in Galway.
Out of curiosity, what’s the most dangerous place you’ve ever been? Before this trip, I would have said the Natural Pool in Aruba!