Today we left Dublin and ventured to the opposite side of the country to visit the Cliffs of Moher as well as the city of Galway. The craziest part about it is that it only took about a three and a half hour bus ride to get there. If you were to drive that far in Texas you wouldn’t even be halfway across the state. But, aside from the long bus rides there and back, the trip was an amazing experience.
The Cliffs of Moher was our first stop, and it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. On the way there we passed through the green hills that most people think of when they hear about Ireland. The countryside of Ireland is so unique, because there’s so many old houses and castles, along with the sheep and cattle that are scattered about the hills. When we arrived at the Cliffs of Moher, the view was unbelievable, and it’s crazy to think that all the cliffs were just naturally made there over time. From the cliffs, you could see the Aran Isles all the way across the ocean until the fog closed in on the cliffs. It was cool to see the shift from the clear view of the cliffs to not even being able to see them anymore as the fog closed in. We made it there just in time to see both of the phenomenal sights. In regards to the economic development of the cliffs, it was very present. The Cliffs of Moher have become one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Ireland, and it was evident when we went today. There were people all along the cliffs, as well as within all the shops that are stationed at the base. With all the revenue that is made from the cost of touring the cliffs as well as any food or souvenirs that are purchased, it’s evident that the country is continually developing in this industry.
Our next stop was about two hours away down the coast of Ireland to a city called Galway. Galway is another major tourist destination in Ireland. Just off the coast, there is a whole town full of pubs, restaurants, stores and much more. Much like Dublin, except at a much smaller scale, it’s no surprise that Galway continues to attract tourists. While there we went to a small restaurant that served authentic Irish fish and chips, one of my best meals on the trip so far. We went to the harbor to eat our food, and it was nice to see a different part of Ireland than we’ve been used to seeing while in Dublin.
Today’s excursions were by far the most unforgettable of our trip. From the rolling green hills to the beautiful views of the cliffs and the inviting atmosphere of the town of Galway, the trek across the country was one that I’ll remember for a lifetime.