Today was my favorite day in Ireland by far. It was nice to get out of the city and visit the lush, green Ireland that I always imagined. I can’t believe that we made it to the other side of the country and saw such a different Ireland than what we have gotten used to in Dublin. Looking down from the Cliffs of Moher was absolutely unreal. Even as I walked along the cliffs and took pictures, it was hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that it was all real and I was really there.
I thought it was interesting the kinds of crowds that the attraction brought out. There were people speaking languages from every corner of the world and even Irish natives as well. Getting to the site was relatively easy and not overly crowded. I think one of my favorite parts was that even though the Irish government had managed to make this attraction so attractive to people all over the world, they hadn’t taken away its natural charm and beauty. By working the visitor center into the side of the hill, keeping the original stone walls, and keeping signage to a minimum, it still felt genuine. I thought it was so amazing to see something like this and know that humans had hardly interfered with it at all, it was the same cliffs that had been there for hundreds of years. As a visitor, there were definitely times when I felt a bit nervous or unsafe. There were to efforts taken for additional safety measures and no guards or tour guides. To me, I though this actually helped to build the experience more than it hurt it. Again, it felt more genuine and natural instead of an overplayed tourist attraction. I love that the Irish tourism industry has taken measures to preserve its history, even with things as simple as keeping the original stone walls and thin winding roads. They are not trying to suffocate their own natural resources by flooding it with gimmicky tourist attractions.
I absolutely loved my time there today and could spend all day looking out across the sea. I think that this spot is a perfectly preserved spot and a must see for anyone traveling to Ireland.