June 8, 2018
Trip Report: Galway, Cliffs of Moher, and Aran Islands in Ireland 

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After spending a few wonderful days in Cork, we rented a car and made our way to Galway. There isn’t a whole lot to do or see in Galway itself since it’s a fairly small city. We spent the first day walking around and exploring Galway. We took a day trip on the second day and visited the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher-two stunning sites worth visiting if you’re in the area.


Galway



Although there wasn’t a whole lot to do in Galway itself, the city had plenty of the traditional Irish touches which made it worthwhile. Look up the Latin Quarter in Galway to find the long street above. Located in the middle of the city, it’s full of shops, pubs, and street entertainment. The whole area is a lot of fun and well worth a visit. Every pub is slightly different. You’ll find tons of Irish, and non-Irish cuisine here, and plenty of live music to keep you entertained.



Europe is built on thousands of years of history. I’m used to seeing old structures pop up where they don’t belong, but this was an eye opener even to me. There’s a large shopping mall in the center of Galway which is built around the city’s old medieval walls. I mean, how cool is that?!


Aran Islands



The Aran Islands are a chain of three islands off the West coast of Ireland. To get there, you need to drive about an hour and a half from Galway to Doolin. Then you take a ferry from Doolin out to the islands. We ended up visiting Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands.



The drive down from Galway to Doolin goes along a route commonly called the Wild Atlantic Way. You’ll drive through several small towns and the coast of Ireland with plenty of beautiful spots for photos. We saw this donkey on the side of the road near an old medieval well.



There isn’t much to do on Inisheer island once you get there, and that’s the point. The island is tiny and has a small local population. It’s a cool place to visit to see unspoiled parts of Ireland. You can rent a bike, a van, or a pony drawn carriage to take you around the whole island in one hour. You’ll find the ruins of an old castle at the very top and a shipwrecked vessel on the shores of the West side of the island.



Cliffs of Moher



Pictures don’t really do justice to the Cliffs of Moher. They’re 700 foot tall cliffs rising out of the Atlantic Ocean. Our ferry back to Doolin came up close to the bottom of the cliffs. We saw tons of birds flying around, we saw jellyfish around the boat, and we even saw a few puffin birds swimming!



The top view is very different from the bottom view. There’s a left side and a right side at the top of the cliffs and they’re both worth exploring. We only had time to see one so we went left. It’s a remarkable place to visit.


Dunguaire Castle



Ireland is scattered with castles. We just happened to see this one on the side of the highway while driving back to Galway.

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