Doolin Cliff Walk
Doolin Cliff Walk
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Sarah R
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
The Doolin Cliff Walk was recommended to me by a friend, so I was eager to try it. I brought my family along & we absolutely loved it! It was a bit muddy but Pat guided us so well. We learned so much & had so much fun. It was such a great hike along the Cliffs of Moher. You get a WAY BETTER view than just going to the Visitor's center!
Written 3 January 2024
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,249 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Stunning. Might get cold, windy and rainy, so dress up accordingly (with good shoes). You need at least a couple of hours to enjoy some of the trails. A small museum and a food court, and some souvenir shops nearby. Do not miss (and don't forget to bring your cameras) . Paying parking lot 3 minutes walk.
Highly recommended.
Written 20 October 2023
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Lisa C
43 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is an exceptional tour/hike. Patrick is so knowledgeable about everything to do with the Cliffs of Moher. Walk/hike lasts almost 4 hours. It is moderately strenuous to strenuous at times but well worth it. Bring plenty of water. Patrick takes you on his family's land so you get up close to the edge of the Cliffs. Outstanding views. Nothing like the ones at the Visitor Center. Much, Much better. We met some lovely folks on our tour. Highly recommend!
Written 8 October 2023
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Kevin G
Severna Park, MD16 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
This was the best tour I did in Ireland. It was stunningly beautiful and Pat was great at sharing what it was like to grow up and live here. If you only do one thing in Ireland do this.
Written 14 September 2023
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kathysong
Middletown, CT99 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
The cliff walk with Patrick Dooley was our most looked-forward-to experience in our Ireland tour, and we were beyond amazed with the experience. Not enough superlatives! We are pushing 70, occasional hikers, and felt totally exuberant about climbing the paths and hills for these amazing views. But what impressed us most was Patrick’s willingness and enthusiasm to share stories of Doolin (third generation) and his excitement about the cooperative he helped forged with other farmers and locals to create and maintain these trails. This is a not-to-be-missed experience!
Written 13 September 2023
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Asia B
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
This was absolutely spectacular, and if all the other glowing reviews aren't enough to convince you, let me add my voice to the chorus: GO! Please don't miss this unforgettable experience.

My mother (60s F) and I (30s F) were lucky enough to be in Ireland for eight days, and this was the highlight of our trip. Pat is really just a fantastic person and the perfect guide. You're literally walking across his and his family's ancestral land, and you'll get to see things you would never have seen otherwise. The landscape is incredible enough, but what really makes this special is the opportunity to see it with Pat. Along the way, Pat will tell stories, but this is nothing like a tour with a bunch of rehearsed speeches. Pat has that unique gift for truly engaging with people and making a connection that feels meaningful.

The hike starts in Doolin (parking was free) and heads up along the cliffs to the visitor's centre. Needless to say, the views are amazing every step of the way. We were SO happy we did this instead of just going to the area around the visitor's centre, which was easily the least compelling part of the entire hike. The visitor's centre is crowded and has barricades and structures that prevent you from seeing the cliffs in their natural beauty. We would not have appreciated the cliffs nearly as much if we hadn't seen them with Pat.

In terms of difficulty level, I think that anyone without notable physical limitations should be fine. My mom is a healthy 67, and she didn't find it overly challenging. It is primarily uphill, which is actually a good thing for anyone with joint issues. There are a couple of steep portions that will have you sweating on a hot day.

The hike itself is probably around three hours, since Pat gives you some time at the visitor's centre before a dedicated bus takes you back to Doolin at 2pm. This gives you enough time to make the 3:30pm ferry sailing if you want to see the cliffs from below (we'd already done the ferry, but this schedule worked well for others in the group).

Overall, I cannot recommend this strongly enough, and I want to thank Pat for taking such great care of us! I'm not exaggerating when I say that this would be worth structuring a trip to Ireland around. Plan to do this and then plan the rest of your trip accordingly!
Written 11 September 2023
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Colleen F
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Walking the Cliff's of Moher with Pat Sweeney is truly the best and only way to experience the amazing views! We enjoyed every moment of this bucket list experience. Pat was a great guide and we learned so much from him about the history of the area. Our group was small and for the most part we were the only ones around during our hike and we enjoyed the quiet and connecting with nature. If our are thinking of visiting the Cliff of Moher I highly recommend Pat's hike from Doolin - you will miss all the crazy crowds and bus tours that are swarming the visitors centre and enjoy the Cliffs in their natural beauty. After our hike we returned to Doolin and enjoyed lunch and the rest of the afternoon exploring the town.
Written 19 August 2023
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Barbara J F
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
Walked with Pat Sweeney in 2013 and again today….he remains the quintessential guide! You haven’t really seen the Cliffs of Moher unless you see them with Pat!
Written 4 August 2023
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Stephanie W
Chicago, IL50 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
I can't recommend this enough. Much better way to experience the Cliffs than going to the visitor center. Pat is amazing - so knowledgeable and funny, and he really looks out for you. The hike isn't too hard. I was nervous about going because I have a healthy concern for heights, but I didn't have any problems even though you do get pretty close to the edge at points. This was the highlight of my two weeks in Ireland! I stayed in Galway and took a bus that arrived in Doolin just in time to catch the tour, then had a couple of hours to kill in Doolin before the bus back. Even though I had rented a car, that made for a much more relaxing day than making the drive myself (and the bus was clean and comfortable).
Written 30 June 2023
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redbeetegg
Chicago, IL13 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Sure, you can drive up to the Cliffs of Moher or take a bus there, but you'll be missing an amazing experience if you don't do the walk up from Doolin instead. Amazing because you'll see so much more, but mostly because of your remarkable host Pat Sweeney. Pat will regale you with fascinating stories and point out all kinds of things you might've missed otherwise, and deliver his narrative with an infectious chuckle. It's not a hard walk, and I'm 68. You'll pass much closer to the cliff edges than you would near the Visitor Center (We saw nesting puffins). Pat will show you where The Princess Bride filmed the "cliffs of insanity" and you'll see the island with the shipwreck that's the location for Father Ted. Pat arranges for a small bus to return you to Doolin. All in all, about four hours well spent amid fine scenery and good company.
Written 29 June 2023
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