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Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

gapeachy1
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Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

We're traveling to Ireland for the first time in Sept. We get into Shannon Airport at 10:30 a.m. and need to be in Dingle at a bed and breakfast that evening (ideally before 6:30 p.m.). We'd originally planned to drive to Cliffs of Moher, spend about two hours, and drive to Killimer to take the ferry, and then continue on our way to Dingle. We just read about the Kilkee Cliff Walk and now we're wondering if it makes more sense to do that from a timing and crowd standpoint.

What do you recommend?

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1. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

There is a reason that the cliffs of Moher are so popular. They are an incredible sight. The KIllkee Cliff Walk is pleasant and less crowded but not as impressive in my view.

Travelling to Dingle, you also have the option of the Shannon Tunnel near Limerick rather than the KIllimer Ferry. It is just as quick and a lot cheaper (€1.80 compared to €18), and will take you through Adare, if that is of interest

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2. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

Arrive Shannon off a transatlantic flight ? If so Forget adding at least 2 hours driving for loop head and near 3 for the Cliffs and just follow the crowds to Dingle. If you want to see Clare which is a lot more than a couple of bits of coast then have night one in Clare not Kerry.

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3. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

off an overseas flight IMHO just head for Dingle and don't take any chances of letting jet lag set in when you least expect it.....also, agree that taking the tunnel route over the ferry is the way to go.....

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4. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

Thanks for your comments. We're coming in from Edinburgh, not a transatlantic flight. Does that change the recommendation?

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5. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

gapeachy1 if you're already adjusted to Irish time you'll be fine then :-)

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6. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

I was in Ireland last October and we went to both COM and Kilkee. We were at COM first thing, so it wasn't crowded at all, since we had stayed the night before in Doolin. After the COM, which were incredible, we drove down to the Kilkee Cliff Walk and LOVED it! We had it to ourselves. We saw maybe two people there and a cute yellow Lab just running around on it's own. We enjoyed Kilkee very much and drove to this little shop/cafe (closed) parked there in a parking lot (there is a statue of a famous Irish tennis player right beside it) and started our walk along the cliff and big hill and then turned back when we got to the top. It was beautiful and quiet, we had a gorgeous sunny day. As previously posted, it doesn't have the grandeur of COM but at the time of day you'll be there, COM will be crowded. It's your choice. We drove south from there and looked for the Bridges of Ross (couldn't find them - but that's another story!) and then took the Shannon Ferry from there (meh) and headed onto Killarney. Have fun on your trip!

Edited: 11 July 2017, 18:57
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7. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

gapeachy1,

Most of the locals do the walk that starts left of the golf course. There's a small car park there too. The scenery along this side is fantastic.

ktleyed,

It's a shame you couldn't locate the Bridges of Ross.

Edited: 12 July 2017, 07:35
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8. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

The journey from Shannon Airport to Kilkee takes about one hour. The Cliff Walk (that is the one in the West End not the one in the East End) takes about one hour. With a stop in the Diamond Rocks Cafe (say, half an hour) then drive to the Killimer Ferry terminal which takes about half an hour (the ferry leaves the Clare side every hour on the hour) and takes half an hour to cross the river and you are now in Kerry less than an hour from Tralee. So the round trip from Shannon Airport to Tralee takes less than 4 hours. This could be shortened by shortening the Cliff Walk and the cafe stop (but I wouldn't recommend depriving yourself of these pleasures which after all is the purpose of your trip to Ireland). It would add at least one and a half hours to your journey to retrace your steps to the Shannon tunnel. No local would dream of driving 50 miles to the tunnel when the ferry is only 10 miles away.

Enjoy your trip to Ireland and what ever route you take you will enjoy it.

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9. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

What a shame about the Bridges of Ross , I found them easily enough with the Wild Atlantic Way signs . You will just have to come back :)

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10. Re: Kilkee Cliff Walk vs. Cliffs of Moher in Sept.

Kilkee would be the easier option. The statue that someone mentioned of the guy with the tennis racquet is Richard Harris, actor, who spent a lot of time in Kilkee. He was famous for a local racquet sport which was played against one of the high beach walls off the sand. Both the beach walk and the cliff walks are nice.

It would be about 3 hours to Dingle from there if you hit the ferry at around departure time. There will be one every half hour at that time of the day up to around the 14th I would think.

Cliffs of Moher is getting too congested and it takes a lot of time for what you are attempting to do as traffic is slow around there.

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