ireland road trip: dingle peninsula to galway (cliffs of moher)
As day three of our road trip continued, we were headed north along the Atlantic coastline toward the Cliffs of Moher. Our initial route would take us around a narrow harbor, back through Limerick, then up to the cliffs. Thanks to a tip from our host in Tralee, we learned that we could actually take a ferry from Tarbert across the water, cutting about 100km and a significant chunk of time off our trip. Operated by Shannon Ferries, we boarded just a few minutes before departure, paid €18 for a one-way passenger car fare, turned off the engine, and cruised across the water. All went smoothly until I tried to start the car back up. One, two, three tries, no dice. Apparently that petrol/diesel trick isn't so effective with newer cars. I'll spare the gory details, but after about 3 hours, teamwork, Irish hospitality and a whole lot of praying, we were back on the road. [A much more detailed documentation of this experience is here, via The Way Away]
We made it to the Cliffs of Moher about an hour before closing with plenty of time to enjoy Ireland's most visited landmark. Spanning 5 miles, the Cliffs of Moher reach 702 feet at their highest point, Knockardakin, providing unparalleled views. A simple, undulating trail extends along the coastline, bordered by Moher slate flags and hillsides dotted with sheep. The Cliffs of Moher are absolutely worth the visit, and are easily accessible by car or any tourist coach operating from cities throughout the country.
As twilight neared, it was time to hop back into the car and press on toward our next destination: Galway. Not without first stopping for stew and a pint at a roadside pub, of course.