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Cliff of moher hike

I will be taking bus from Salthill (Galway) to Doolin. Is it possible to get off the bus early and walk the cliffs into Doolin instead? I will have a backpack but I could walk a few miles with it. Alternatively, I could walk from Doolin along the cliffs then turn around and go back. Ideas?

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Thank you so much. That is the best info Ive seen yet. Did you wear tennis shoes or are hiking shoes needed?

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On Bus Eireann route 350 from Galway to Doolin (and on to Ennis), there are several Doolin stops before the Cliffs Of Moher visitor center. If you get off at the stop before the Cliffs visitor center, you can walk to the visitor center (about 5 miles) and then catch a bus 350 back to Galway from the visitor center parking lot. There is no entrance fee if you arrive on foot or (I think) via public transport. This direction you will be walking more uphill some places. Alternatively, get off bus 350 at the Cliffs visitor center and walk to Doolin, mostly downhill, and get the bus back to Galway from Doolin.

If you have more time, and it is in season, there is a seasonal shuttle bus that runs to the Hagshead parking lot at the other end of the Cliff walk. I walked from there to the visitor center along the higher part of the cliff walk and then caught a shuttle bus to where I was staying in Doolin.

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Thank you so much! I will be going from Galway to Doolin and staying a few nights there. Im so excited for the cliff walk. Would you say hiking boots are needed or just regular walking shoes?

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I have some LL Bean trail runners which are lighter weight than a real hiking boot but more water resistant, better traction, more support than a sneaker. These were perfect. I saw people in similar shoes, in heavier hiking boots, and many in sneakers. Comfortable, sturdy shoes with decent tread is what is usually suggested. Sneakers could be ok but as with other outdoor activity in Ireland, rain is always a consideration.
Enjoy the trad music in the pubs at night while you are in Doolin.

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The Cliffs of Moher Walk is 18km long starts at Doolin Inn, Fisher Street.
Cliffs of Moher Visitor centre 7km, Hags Head (Kilconnell) 12km, Liscannor 18km Finish.

350 Bus Eireann goes to Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center and Liscannor.
There is a local mini bus from Doolin which will take you to Kilconnel (Hags Head).

As you are looking to stay in Doolin a couple of days you can walk to Hags Head and back, bring a picnic and enjoy the day (24km)
or recommend taking the bus or taxi (approx €20-25) to Kilconnell/Hags head and walk back to Doolin 12km, this way prevailing winds are on your back, and its pretty much down hill, and when you are finished you are back at your accommodation to get refreshed.

Also while in Doolin, check out a day trip to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise, spend a day exploring the Burren (rent a bike or an electric bike), Doolin Cave with the largest stalactite in Europe and great live music every night of the week in the local pubs. There are also some lovely walks and hikes around Doolin to explore the Burren lunar landscape.

Hope you enjoy your stay and here is a link to the hiking map and more information on the Cliffs. https://www.doolininn.ie/the-cliffs-of-moher-coastal-walk-from-doolin/

Safe travels
Anthony

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Thank you, Anthony. You have great information and so many options. I am so looking forward to this trip!