Any advice for doing this unguided (without Pat)? Is path easy to follow without a guide? Unfortunately can't get up to Doolin by 10am as we'll be coming from Dingle.
If you are reasonably fit and carry plenty fluids you can follow the path which is clearily marked from Doolin to the cliffs of Moher there are no bathrooms along the cliff as it follows the open edge of fields and you should wear good walking shoes/boots. One thing I found after doing the walk a number of times is to dress in layers so you can remove them or put on more where needed. You will see how popular the walk is when you get closer to the interpretive centre. Lots of nice food there and stunning cliff views enjoy!
No problem! The path is very easy to follow from Doolin to Nags Head, via the tourist area at O'Brien's Tower. Allow a good 6-7 hours for the 25 kM round trip, which includes time for photography.
No guides necessary for the path. It's user-friendly, and there is some signage. It's about 10 km one way from around the Doolin port. If you're in good shape it shouldn't take too long. We took our time on the way back to watch the sun start to set, which lit up the cliffs. It was gorgeous. I really recommend making it a day trip if you can. You don't want to rush through this attraction.
If you're short on time and are unable to get to the cliff walk starting in Doolin, I believe there's a parking area (as someone else mentioned) around the main site where O'Brien's Tower is. You can walk around from there, although the full walk is much better in my opinion as it's far less crowded with tourists. I was able to get some spectacular photos all the way leading up to the main site. As you'll see, the cliffs just keep going.
The path is very straightforward, especially if starting from Doolin. Take the road on the left at Fisher St. About 600 yards up it takes a sharp left turn but you don't. Continue on through the gate to the green road. It's a simple walk from there. It's about 8k to O'Briens Tower from there.
It is straightforward to follow the path. Looking on googlemaps, you will find it as part of the Burren Way from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher, except for the part where the Burren way moves away from the coast towards Ballard Road (PollBoy): you just keep following the coastal path. At one stage the path turns to the left in order to avoid an impossible climb, and will guide you to a steep but easy climb. After that the path turns back towards the cliffs.
There is one spot (2/3 of the way) where the cliffs drop steeply off to your right. It is ok to continue following the path if the weather is ok, but if you are too afraid, you can always climb the fence of the grassland next to the path and avoid this tricky navigation.
Is that safe for a solo travel woman?
The path shouldn't be too hard to find and follow if you're planning to leave from the Doolin area. Start near Gus OConnors pub and walk towards the cliffs.
You can park near the tourist information office and head up the incline road about 1/4 mile or so; walk around the metal gate at the bend in the road (or just follow the other hikers). The trail is well marked along the way and you are nearly guaranteed to see others. Don't go inland - it follows the coast.
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