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“Not just #1 in Doolin, the #1 thing to do in Ireland...do not miss”
Review of Doolin Cliff Walk

Doolin Cliff Walk
Ranked #1 of 6 Tours in Doolin
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

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.

2  Thank Bill M
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Pat is changing tourism in Doolin. Incredible journey with a great view and great stories. We have told everyone about this hike! Thanks Pat!

1  Thank brittanychandler
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Pat Sweeney is the best tour guide I have ever had anywhere. His passion for his hometown and these cliffs is palpable. He was ready to have a great time walking the cliffs that he walks every single day. He answered our hundreds of questions, encouraged us to see the cliffs from different views and was just the epitome of Irish hospitality. I would do this 1,000 times. The walk is a bit challenging but you don't have to be a marathon runner, just be ready. The views are so much better than driving to the top and looking down but it's a hike so wear appropriate clothing. I had chucks on which wasn't ideal but I made it. Hiking boots and a raincoat is best. There are waterfalls that actually fall upward if you can believe it so you will likely get wet. You dry out quickly and with Pat as your guide you don't really mind. My husband and I did this with 5 other people and couldn't stop smiling for days after it. "Remember when Pat said this..." It takes about 3 hours and then he gives you an hour to walk around for more pictures. A bus takes you back down which we skipped because we had a car so not sure how long that adds to the trip. It is hands down my favorite memory of Ireland. He also has a B & B that we didn't stay in but I will when we go back. Literally, if you can only do one thing while in Ireland, make it this.

2  Thank babsnola
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Walking the Cliffs of Moher was such an amazing experience, and it couldn't have been better without our tour guide Pat Sweeney. His stories about growing up in the area and his immense knowledge of the cliffs enabled us to have such an enjoyable experience. If it wasn't for the cliff walk with Pat, we would have missed out on so much that the cliffs had to offer. We will definitely come back to Ireland and will for sure take another walk with Pat!

1  Thank laura w
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is one of the great truly spectacular locations in All of Ireland. I have been here dozens of times over the past 45 years and it always fills me with awe. From the view of the cliffs being pounded by the Atlantic to the sight of the three islands called Aran just off the coast and the view of the Pins in Connemara across Galway Bay, this is the highpoint of any trip to County Claire.

3  Thank wbrucec
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