I defied gravity last weekend.
If there’s one place that you must visit while in Ireland, these magnificent cliffs are it. This awesome (in every sense of the word) sight blew me away. Literally. But more on that later.
We took a guided day tour to the cliffs and Galway with a family owned company called MacCoole’s Tours. Our journey began with a 3-hour bus ride to the western coast, with our first stop at their family farm.
We hiked up a little hill for some breathtaking, blustery views. This area is called the Burren, known for its distinctively rocky terrain.
And elusive mountain goats! It’s very hard to spot one alive…
While we were browsing possible tour options, I was drawn to MacCoole’s claim that their day trips involved baby lambs. And by drawn I mean sign me up IMMEDIATELY. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly baby lamb season 🙁
But we did find this fine lass 🙂
And her friends
And this little cutie!!! So I did get my dose of baby cuteness after all.
After the hike, we found ourselves inside Granny’s cottage, fulfilling its promise of homemade hospitality with fresh baked carrot cake, apple pie, and hot tea.
Obviously, I was the only weirdo taking photos of my food.
Soon, we were off to the main attraction.
And what an unbelievably stunning sight it was.
As gorgeous as it was, the January weather was far from ideal.
So back to what I mentioned in the beginning about defying gravity: On this day, I got a taste of what it must be like to be caught in a tornado. I swear I’m not exaggerating when I say that I flew.
The winds were so gusty that I had absolutely no control of my body at one point and went hurtling towards the barrier by the cliff. My friend had to catch me before I crashed into the stone wall.
There were two walking paths–one with a stone barrier, as pictured here, and one directly along the top of the cliffs.
Needless to say, I didn’t actually go on the cliff path because I wasn’t ready to be blown into the ocean to my untimely demise. I have so many more places to go and things to see yet!
Best hair day of my LIFE.
On the way home, we stopped at various vantage points.
Like this beautiful coastal sunset.
One of my favorite things about Ireland is stumbling upon castles and ruins along the way.
Like this 500-year-old castle. No big.
Are you as in love with the quote in the title of this blog post as I am? It’s courtesy of my #1 study abroad inspiration, Amy. It was SO hard to resist using it for my Howth post, but I think holding out for the Cliffs of Moher was worth it. It’s my new philosophy for life 🙂