Ireland – Cliffs of Moher & Dingle Peninsula

Cliffs of Moher

Located along the west coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher stand a staggering 214 m (702 feet) above the Atlantic Ocean. From the tops of these sheer cliffs, one can wander along this 8 km (5 miles) stretch taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful landscape. Be prepared to stay for at least a couple hours, if not more! You will often spot cows grazing in the pastures nearby. They definitely aren’t shy around tourists since many of them are often right next to the path, unbothered by those passing through.

My fondest memory of the cliffs was standing along the edge quite a ways out from the beginning point, and looking out towards the incoming storm system. You could physically see the clouds creeping closer, and the water slowly becoming more turbulent – what a cool sight to see!

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula is a scenic 47 km (30 miles) drive characterized by its rolling green pastures, central mountain range, rugged cliff sides and ancient archeological sites. Begin your drive in the charming town of Dingle. Stop by a local pub for a pint of beer or grab a quick bite to eat at any the quaint family restaurants. We grabbed some delicious fish and chips from Out of the Blue and a scoop of homemade ice cream from Murphy’s before setting out for the day.

Slea Head
Slea Head Beach
Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula coastline
Dingle Town
Dingle Town

Northern Ireland – Causeway Coastal Drive

The Causeway Coastal Route from Belfast to Londonderry is a scenic and super fun drive. It can be completed as a day trip or stretched across a few days, it is really up to you and your itinerary. Be sure to stop by these unforgettable sites and seek out some of the filming locations for the Game of Thrones.

Belfast to the Dark Hedges

We began our day at the Gregory Guesthouse in Belfast, where we were treated to a lovely Ulster Fry breakfast, along with a full continental spread. This was my first time having Ulster Fry, and wow I am a fan!  Fried eggs, potato and soda bread, pork sausage, black and white pudding, tomatoes, bacon rashers and baked beans – what better way to start the day than with a food coma!

Leaving Belfast, our first stop was the Dark Hedges, a picturesque street lined with towering beech trees that were planted in the 18th century. Take a walk beneath the canopy and admire the intricacies of the branches amongst each other. This iconic spot is the filming location for the King’s Road in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Next stop was the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a famous landmark along the Causeway Coastal Route with a beautiful walking trail leading up to it. Standing almost 100 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, this rope bridge was constructed 350 years ago by salmon fishers.
Carrick-a-Rede
The trail leading up to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

After parking your car, approach the entrance booth where you pay a small admission fee (£7.00 for adults, £3.00 for children, family and group rates available). Begin your hike by making your way through the lush windswept landscapes, up along the steep cliff sides until you reach a metal staircase. Descend the staircase and wait for the ranger to grant you access to the bridge (he or she will check your tickets).Cross the wobbly rope bridge, taking in the surrounding views and the clear blue water below. Once you reach the other side, continue up the path and snap a few shots of the stunning coastline behind you. Take your time and when you are ready to head back, cross the top bridge and make your way back to parking lot.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
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The surrounding coastline

Ballintoy Harbour

Just a short 5 minute drive away from Carrick-a-Rede, this picturesque fishing harbour is also the filming location for the Iron Islands in the Game of Thrones.
Ballintoy Harbour
The views surrounding Ballintoy Harbour
Ballintoy Harbour
Ballintoy Harbour

The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway, a breathtaking coastline comprised of distinctive hexagonal columns that has stood the test of time against the fierce Atlantic Ocean. Make your way along the stepping stones but be careful not to get soaked by the giant waves that wash up onto the shore.

Be sure to stop by the visitor centre and buy your tickets to visit the Causeway (£8.50 for adults, £4.25 for children, family and group rates available).

Giant's Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway