One of the best things about travelling in Ireland is that the weather is pretty much the same all year round. We tend to experience four seasons in one day regardless of whether it is July or November. Granted, this could be viewed as a negative, but what it really means is that you can come prepared at all times. The temperature sticks to an average of 15’c all year round and rain can and should be expected at all times.
If you are planning a day trip from Dublin to visit the Cliffs of Moher this Winter (or even this Spring or Summer!!) there are a few packing essentials that every good tourist should remember to bring. To make your trip more enjoyable, we have put this quick packing list for a winter bus trip to the Cliffs of Moher just for you.
If a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher is on the agenda, check out the Wild Rovers day tour to the Cliffs of Moher and also take in the sights of Galway City and the Wild Atlantic Way.
The main point to remember? Expect the unexpected!
1.Walking boots with a good grip
While these aren’t essential and not owning a pair should definitely not stop you from travelling here, they really are the best choice of footwear for visiting the wild west coast. Due to all the heavy downpours experienced in Ireland over the past few months, the paths at the Cliffs of Moher are pretty much mud baths and slipping at the Cliffs of Moher is really not something you want to do! Not only will you get covered in mud and possibly freeze to death, there is also that you could slip and fall off the edge of the cliff. Not a pleasant end to your stay in magical Ireland!
2. A warm winter jacket
Ireland tends to be a little chilly all year round but as the Cliffs are exposed to the wild winds and rain blowing in from the Atlantic, it can be one of the wettest, coldest and windiest spots in Ireland. Be sure to wrap up warm and carry a waterproof jacket or poncho in your bag at all times. Even if it’s a beautifully sunny day, you will still likely get wet as the wind works in magical ways here and funnels water from the ocean up the sides of the cliffs and right over onto the visitor centre footpath!
3. Hat or headband
Besides keeping you warm, a hat or headband is essential for a trip to the Cliffs of Moher, especially for girls! The wind can get so crazy there that without a hat or headband to tame your hair, all your photos will have you looking like Mufasa from The Lion King and you might even find it difficult to see where you’re going. A scarf can be both a help and a hindrance as while it will keep you warm it will also blow all over the place and might even make its own way off the side of the cliff!
4. A good camera
Investing or simply remembering to bring along a good digital camera is paramount to a good trip to the Cliffs of Moher. There will be so many incredible photo opportunities that are too good to miss out on. If you have a tripod, we highly recommend you bring that along too. Just 5 minutes from the visitor centre, walking towards O’ Brien’s Tower is one of the best spots to get panoramic shots of the cliffs from above without ever needing to go anywhere near the edge.
5. A selfie stick
Love them or loathe them, a good sturdy selfie stick can work wonders at the Cliffs of Moher. Not only does it mean you won’t have to keep asking strangers to take your picture, but the wide angle photos they produce are pretty spectacular. If you are travelling solo you can also attach your phone to your selfie stick and use the stick to keep your phone propped up on the ground so you can take photos from more interesting angles rather than sticking with the classic selfie shot.
6. A good pair of binoculars
If you are interested in watching some bird life or getting a better look at the cliffs and the wild Atlantic waves below, bringing along a good pair of binoculars is a great idea. If you don’t own any, fear not, as there are some coin operated viewing stations which anyone can use at their leisure to enjoy this particular landscape of Ireland.
What NOT to pack
We strongly advise you leave your umbrella at home. The winds here can be so strong that at best you will return to the bus with a broken umbrella and at worst you might injure someone or even worse, injure yourself!
While a packed lunch can be fun, we advise you keep some room in your stomach for some tasty freshly caught Galway Bay Oysters which can be bought in many of the pubs in Galway, the last stop on out Cliffs of Moher day tour.