Shel Silverstein always warned me about this.
The Cliffs of Moher. Literally the edge of the world. It felt like it, anyway. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland…Although I have said this multiple times throughout the duration of my blogging, but THIS place has no competition with any other place I have visited. No picture could possible explain the natural beauty and mystery this coast holds as you are standing on top of the world.
We were picked up by the same tour guide who helped us to Wicklow, and drove all the way to the west country of Ireland. Since it was 7:00am when we were picked up, our guide decided to get our adrenaline running a little. He gets on the loud speaker, “hey! so we are stopping over here on this road, I have a bag of spray paint – follow me, we are going to graffiti some walls. If you see a cop, you don’t know me! GO!” We all run out after our tour guide with spray paint for all of us. We end up at the U2 Graffiti wall in Dublin. The recording studio where U2 recorded their first album had a full all dedicated to them full of art. So, our first opportunity to legally graffiti was in this alley.
It was an incredible feeling to be so close to such a significant part of history and get to leave my name on this wall. Let’s just say, we were a little more awake when we got back on the bus.
It is about a 3.5 hour drive by bus since Dublin is on the right coast of Ireland. In reality, a few hours to get across country isn’t half bad. We stopped at a couple places along the way to take pictures of this incredible country.
This castle was randomly places on our journey up the coast. We only had a short 20 minutes or so visiting the exterior. We continued to make our way to the cliffs and each stop only got better.
And for those of you who know me, understand that I do handstands everywhere. So, just to prove I am still a cheerleader/gymnast at heart….
This coast was breathtaking. We took so many pictures just in hopes we would capture what we were seeing. Cows and sheep on one side of the road with beautiful cliffs and the ocean on the other side was unbelievable. Not to mention the weather was perfect. We all wanted to stay for hours and enjoy the view, but we had places to be.
A short time down the road, we finally pulled into a parking lot near some grassy fields. Our guide gave us almost 2 hours to explore our final destination before our return trip to Dublin. It seems like a lot, but trust me – it wasn’t even close to being enough time….
My last adventure in Ireland was more than I could ever hope for. I will never forget the feeling of being on those cliffs and understanding what life is all about. Moments just like this. Ireland was so gorgeous in every form of the word and I am blessed to have the opportunity to travel and explore this incredible country.
We leave for Scotland tomorrow. On to another 10 days of making memories with the people and places I will never be able to replace.