Wild Atlantic Way, Day Twelve:
This morning we got up, had breakfast and went to the tourist office in Doonbeg to take advantage of the public toilets and free maps. Once we finished planning our route for the day, we headed along the costal route from Doonbeg to Doolin, passing through Spanish Point and Lehinch. We soon passed the visitor center for the Cliffs of Moher, and the car park was full of cars and tour buses. We had already planned to do the costal walk to the cliffs so we drove straight on to Doolin and parked at the harbour. Here we had our lunch and got kitted up for our walk, then we packed up the van and headed off for the cliffs. In total the walk was 18km- the trail hugged the cliff edge for most of the 8km and it was quite hilly, but the views of the ocean crashing over the cliffs where truly amazing and lasted for the whole walk. At one stage the rain started, so we had to take shelter under a hedge until it stopped, but we came prepared with flasks of tea and coffee so we took the opportunity for a hot drink here! The walk there took us about two and a half hours, as we stopped a few times to take photographs and because there was a 25mph wind blowing into our faces the whole way there. When we finally arrived, the best view of the cliffs was revealed to us. The wind would have been strong enough to blow you off your feet if you weren’t careful, so we got a couple of quick photographs and then viewed the cliffs form a safe distance before heading back towards Doolin. The walk back to the van wasn’t so hard because it was down hill and the wind was behind us. We got back to the van around 7pm and we were ready for our dinner, but we didn’t really want to start preparing food so we found a pub called McGanns. The pub looked pretty quiet from the outside, however when we went inside it was buzzing. A lovely lady got us seated at a table after about 20 minutes, and we got our food pretty quickly after. We ordered their vegetarian option which was a mushroom voul-au-vent and chips, and then an extra portion of chips to share because we where starving. After dinner we ordered some drinks and got talking to some young people from who where also from the north. The entertainment for the night was very good, there was a world class piper playing live and it turns out the lovely lady that seated us at our table was multi talented as she was playing the boron and singing with the band! We enjoyed the live entertainment for a few hours, before retiring to the van for the night. We had checked with our waiter beforehand if we could leave the van parked in the carpark over night and he said that this was fine, so we went out quietly and put up our window covers so we would not draw attention to ourselves, and called it a day.