The awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, standing 8km long and towering 230 meters over the Atlantic Ocean , are the quintessential emblem of Irishness, making them one of the country's most visited attractions.
On a clear day the fabulous views from O'Brien's Tower includes the Aran Islands , the mountains of Connemara and the lighthouse at Loophead.
There are few more striking places in Ireland than the majestic limestone landscapes of the burren. The lunar landscape there has evolved over the years into a unique botanical environment where Mediterranean and alpine plants grow side by side. Along with the amazing mix of flora and fauna it is also home to some of Ireland 's rarest wildlife, including the elusive pine martin.
The Burren has also been home to ancient civilisations, the area is dotted with over 2,500 historic sites, including castles, round towers, stone arches, and the 5,000 year old Poulnabrone Dolmen.
Highlights of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Tour
Your Tour of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher leaves Galway through the village of Oranmore, where the vista of Galway Bay unfolds and then heads slightly inland for a while, passing through the oyster famous village of Clarinbridge before heading seawards again at Kilcolgan.
From here, the tour takes the dramatic southern coastline of Galway Bay, through the pretty fishing village of Kinvara and the Medieval Banqueting Castle of Dunguaire. With the broad expanse of the great Atlantic on the right hand side and the white-faced limestone rock of the Burren on the left, this is a truly striking panorama, a botanist's paradise. This is a treasure house for geologists and lovers of the great outdoors.
A short climb provides a view of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey of Corcomroe before heading towards Galway Bay again via Bell Harbour. Beyond the village of Ballyvaughan, the winding coast road turns seaward again, passing Black Head lighthouse.
Out beyond in the blue Atlantic are the three Aran Islands of Inishmor, Inish Mean and Inisheer and the outline of the Connemara coast. Our tour now takes you through the village of Doolin, a wellspring of all that is best in Irish traditional music and song, home of the late Miko Russell.
Now you are at the awesome Cliffs of Moher, rising a sheer 230 meters from the ocean below. After the sightseeing trip at the Cliffs of Moher, the road winds down to Lisdoonvarna for a welcome lunch-break and an opportunity to visit a local pub.
Lisdoonvarna is the home of Ireland's annual match-making festival in September and was once a famous spa where its sulphuric waters were said to have curative and other beneficial properties.
Next you travel to the village of Kilfenora, were so many high crosses adorn the cathedral grounds there that it became as "The City of The Crosses". The village is also the home of the world famous Kilfenora Ceili Band.
Your next stop is the 15th Century Leamanagh Castle, once home to the fiery character Marie Rua who was renowned for having numerous husbands!!!!
Now it time to visit the famous megalithic tomb, the Poulnabrone Dolmen, created by Neolithic farmers.
On to the Aillwee Cave where you can enjoy a 30 minute guided tour that will take you through its chambers, chasms and weird rock formations.
Your journey back to Galway will take you along the main road and you will arrive back to Rusheen Bay House at 5.00 approximately.