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Doolin Cliff Walk

Doolin, Ireland
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John M wrote a review 22 May
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The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland and the best way to see them is with Pat. He is a local farmer who has lived there his whole life and helped get the trails built. His perspective of growing up along the Cliffs and his families roots in the area made a wonderful day truly exceptional.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Mac wrote a review 17 May
Lawrence, Kansas7 contributions
Pat Sweeney was an excellent tour guide who brought us along a new and developing path from the Cliffs of Moher to the town of Doolin. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in seeing the beauty and splendor of the cliffs with a touch of personal and local perspective that Pat Sweeney offers. Be aware that this experience does include a very long 3 hour hike.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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124mch wrote a review 15 May
Raytown, Missouri13 contributions
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This amazing hike started off with phone calls with Mr. Pat Sweeney. He is patient, gracious, and the reason why we chose to spend our time away from a day at Dromoland Castle (where the rest of our 90 person group was doing other things). We taxied roughly an hour to get to Doolin and O'Connor's Pub after checking in with Pat that morning to ensure the walk would happen (only cancels due to wind, rain, or fog). We were blessed with incredibly good weather (as the pictures will show!). First off, this is the kind of walking tour I like - one that starts and ends at a pub. The food at O' Connors was well worth the lunch we had (and cider we drank) after our roughly four hours together. A few notes about the walk: it is an easy hike, but it is also a trail hike and that means you should always have sturdy shoes. Beware of the fact that you really ARE going to be an arm's length away from the edge at times (I'm not great with heights), and you really do need to pay attention to Pat and what you're doing. Pat has long legs and can do this hike in his sleep. That means if you want to be able to hear him (when we're not stopped and he's able to speak to the entire group - he does have great vocal projection), you'll need to do your best to keep up with him, which was problematic for a lot of the group. Also, we had sort of an expectation of being the only ones that day (our group was 11 and there were 19 of us in total), so it was impossible for everyone to be near him regardless of desire. There are also times that you will have to go over a small fence or three (literally step up, flip a leg over sort of thing), but for those in our group that needed a little extra time, I know there was some disappointment at the pace. That being said, we were on the go for nearly four hours - if you don't set a decent pace, you'll be out there all dang day. Also, IF you can do the hike as "the down hike" instead of how it is listed on the website (actually results in an 'up' hike), ask Pat. It was gentler and appreciated. It was also a by-product of unexpected events with the local school and taxi schedule. There is another Doolin Cliff Walk fellow that you can find if you google. He's probably the one you want if you want to talk geology and paleontology. We wanted the gentleman whose family has owned and operated farmland for five generations that we would be walking through and next to (coming from the midwest) and we were not disappointed. There are 450 acres of beautiful grounds at Dromoland Castle and plenty of activities. Our group - even those who had never been to Ireland before - did not regret missing that time at Dromoland for the cliff walk. It is a memory we will always treasure (and be sure to get ice cream two doors down from O'Connor's at the ice cream shop!). THANK YOU, Pat, for what you do and are doing for your community, your town, and for your family. We are so very thankful for your time, wisdom, guidance, stories, and charming grin.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Susan S wrote a review Apr 2022
San Angelo, Texas58 contributions33 helpful votes
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Pat , our guide, s a local farmer and business man who is the man behind creating the trail network across the farms so that people from all over the world can experience the amazing beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. He is PASSIONATE, he loves his ability to share his love for these cliffs. He is knowledgeable, entertaining. Friendly, and fun. This trip is 5 hours of a physically demanding hike. I walked 6 miles and had 15,000 steps. It’s narrow and very scary at times, due to the narrow path and proximity to the edge of a straight drop off. But Pat guides you, keeps you safe and lends you a hand. There are plenty of resting points to stop and take pictures. Important to wear very good, stable hiking shoes- not tennis shoes, as you need stable gripping soles. We loved every second of this tour and will say it was our top experience while in Ireland! DON’t miss if physically able! ThAnk you Pat- total blast!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Brendan T wrote a review Apr 2022
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My wife and I booked the Doolin Cliff Walk to take in Doolin to Cliff's of Moher Experience Centre walk. We're reasonably local to the Cliffs and visited numerous times before, usually using Liscannor as our starting point (1.5hrs walk from the south). This time we fancied taking in the other side of cliff but needed some local knowledge of the route. Pat was excellent. Informative, entertaining and passionate about the area. In my opinion the Doolin side is the more scenic side to walk to/from. A small note, if heights are not your thing (they are cliffs!) your will get close to the edge, particularly at a couple of points. Pat will be on hand to help navigate and help. A day well spent and highly recommended. If you get a sniff of a good weather day and want to get out and about in fantastic scenery I can think of nothing better than this walk with Pat.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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