"So they're just really big cliffs?" I say to my traveling companion.
At this point I'm not quite grasping what all the excitement surrounding the Cliffs of Moher is all about. I can't really imagine how they could be that spectacular. They are, after all, just cliffs. But they're also Ireland's most-visited natural attraction and so I eventually give in to my fellow traveler's pleas. We book ourselves onto a Cliffs of Moher Tour and the following morning we board the bus for our day of adventuring.
As soon as we're out of Galway, I have to admit that the scenery alone on the way to the cliffs is worth the money we've paid.
We drive past ruined abbeys, mythical fairy forts, and ancient graves, occasionally stopping to explore on foot and stretch our legs. I've heard lots of people talk about how beautiful Ireland is and with every passing minute I'm quickly becoming a believer. There really is something magical about this place.
As an added bonus, there's also good news for any singletons who might be looking for a little Irish romance while they're in the area! In the nearby town of Lisdoonvarna in County Clare every September around 40,000 people from all around the world flock to the tiny spa town. Why, you ask? In hopes of finding love at the town's famous month-long Matchmaking Festival. It's a full month of dances, drinking and matchmaking. It sounds absolutely bonkers and therefore exactly up my street. Sadly though, we've come in July, and so all dreams of meeting a leprechaun lover are dashed.
We continue on our way to the cliffs and as the bus approaches the entrance, I start to get excited.
We set out on foot, winding our way up the path, when suddenly the full power of the cliffs hits me. I'm forced to eat my words because, while they are indeed just really big cliffs, they're also pretty damn breathtaking.
Standing 702 feet (214 meters) tall and stretching for 5 miles (or 8 kilometers) the moment I see them I'm hit in the face by how giant they really are. So yes, I bow my head and now give them my full endorsement. If you ever find yourself in the area, the Cliffs really are a sight not to be missed.
And with that, WE'RE OFF TO ADVENTURE!
Just remember, the Cliffs are very steep and can be a dangerous place, so remember to use caution when walking along the edge, or you might find yourself in a sticky situation.
Our time on the cliffs flies by and before we know it, we're running to catch the tour bus before they decide to leave us behind (though hey, worse things have happened).
The driver takes us on a different route on our way back to Galway and once again, the scenery is spectacular. We also get one last chance to gamble with our lives and play on some (slightly smaller but just as deadly) cliffs. I am STOKED. Two cliffs for the price of one!
After several hours of adventuring, our bus finally pulls into the Galway bus station and thus ends our fabulous trip to the Cliffs of Moher. We had a fantastic day and I can now fully give the cliffs two enthusiastic thumbs up. I mean, really...who knew cliffs could be so cool?