A lot of attractions say they're "must-do", but the walk will give you an experience that you'll never forget. When people ask us about our trip to Ireland, this is the story that we lead-off with each time. Plus any event that starts at a pub & ends at a pub can't be all bad, right?
We really didn't know much about the walk leading up to the trip. We had stayed at Pat/Mary's B&B the previous night, so we saw the walk mentioned in the B&B reviews. The bartender at O'Connors also spoke highly about it, so we decided to give it a try. What we thought would be a walk through some fields with occasional view of the cliff was, in fact, a walk ALONG the cliffs from water-level in Doolin all the way to cliff height all the way up at the visitor center. You are treated to postcard-quality views from the head of the trail all the way to the end. Best of all, you're walking along land that has been in Pat's family for generations. He grew up here, so he's able to tell you entertaining stories throughout the walk. Pat was very engaging & has a highly infectious laugh...you'll be disappointed when the walk ends because you'll want to spend even more time with him.
About the walk, while it is uphill all the way, there are very few areas that I'd call a steep hike...the uphill is gradual. The views though...wow, they are so worth the walk. Every time you think you have seen the most beautiful view of the cliffs, Pat will smile & tell you to wait until you see what's coming up...and sure enough the next view is even better.
The walk also gives you plenty of opportunity to interact with the others on the walk. At the start of the walk, we were 3 separate couples and a guide. By the midway point, we were operating as a team, helping each other, taking photos of each other, laughing and having a great time. By the end of the walk, we had bonded to the point that it felt like we had a secret that only our small group knew about...that we had seen & experienced far-better things than the people who just view the cliffs from the visitor center area.
A small bus is waiting for you at the end & you pay a small fee ($3?) to get a ride back to O'Connors.
I would recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, preferably water-proof if it has been raining recently & bring a bottle of water with you.
If nothing else, do the walk just to meet Pat. His enthusiasm & love of the land just makes you appreciate it so much more. Really, don't miss this one...it's a fantastic experience in so many ways. I'll post some pics, but they don't do justice to seeing & experiencing it in person.
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