Cliffs of Moher Tour(s) outline (Day 1)
Departs On GoBus Coach Outside the Jaffa Deli on Burgh Quay. >> New Coach station Galway >> Kinvara >> Aillwee Caves & Burren birds of Prey >> Poulnabrone Dolmen>> Cliffs of Moher & Atlantic Edge >> Fitzpatricks pub Doolin >> Burren Atlantic Coast >> Galway City.
Please note: the 11am 11:30am are the exact same tours as above without a visit stop to Aillwee Caves & Burren Birds of Prey. 1pm tour is a direct afternoon trip to the Cliffs. All return between 17:45pm & 18:15pm approx
Connemara Tour(s) outline summary (Day 2)
10.00 Dept. New Coach station Galway >> Spiddal >> Galway Bay >> Quiet Man Cottage >> Inagh valley >> Kylemore Abbey & Gardens >> Lough Corrib & Cong village >> Galway City >> Dublin City.
Please note: The 10am tour travels along by Spiddal & Galway Bay out to Connemara. The 11:30am tour travels along the leafy banks of lough corrib out to Connemara .All return at 21.45 approx.
Day 1 – We opted for the earlier 7:15am GoBus transportation service to get to Galway from Dublin in order join the optional tour to Aillwee Caves which departed Galway at 10:05am. GoBus portion was arranged by Healy Tours. Once we arrived at the Galway Coach station, we checked in with Healy Tours and were led to our tour bus. Arnie was our awesome guide/driver for the day. He was very informative, knowledgeable and more than anything, hilarious so it made for an entertaining ride. Aillwee Caves was our first stop and as a disclaimer, Arnie made it sound like it was a moderate hike but it turned out to be an easy walk as the pathway was entirely paved. On our way to the cliffs, we stopped somewhere and switched to a bigger bus as there were additional people that opted out of the optional Aillwee Caves that joined us. In the interest of getting to the cliffs before the weather turns bad, we had a consensus and skipped Poulnabrone Dolmen. We had an hour and a half to enjoy the cliffs. Before getting off the bus, Arnie informed us our options on which sides of the cliffs to see. If you want to get closer to the edge, the left side is definitely the way to go and we chose to ignore the signs posted and climb over the rock wall. A lot of people were doing this and wasn’t any guard in sight so we didn’t get into any trouble. After the cliffs, we made a very late lunch stop in Doolin. There’s a few options but we chose a bar called Fitz’s. The food there didn’t look appetizing but I just wanted an Irish Coffee so it was okay. The drive back was along the Burren Atlantic coast so it was a nice drive and we made a quick photo stop. DunGuaire Castle was our last quick stop for photos and then we were back to Galway.
Day 2 – We got picked up from our hostel for the 10:05 tour. Our guide/driver was either Patrick or Fredrick. He was a little hard to understand as he had an accent and his commentary was putting us to sleep. The rainy drive to Kylemore Abbey was long and we made a pit stop along the way. We also picked up some people to join the tour along the way. We drove passed a bunch of lakes and at one point ended up getting stuck at a temporary stop light in the middle of nowhere for about half hour. The exhaust fumes from the cars ahead sitting idel was intoxicating and gave me a headache. We finally made it to Kylemore Abbey and was allotted 2 hours. It was rainy and windy so it wasn’t the best weather to be outside walking around the gardens or the grounds. We made a photo stop at some lake but no one wanted to get off the bus due to the weather. We made another pit stop somewhere and then we were back in Galway. We had a little over an hour at the Galway coach station before the last scheduled GoBus took us back to Dublin. This day 2 tour was not as interesting as day 1 and felt like a blur as there wasn’t much to see. I would say skip it if you are press for time.