Today was our last full day of the tour and we made the most of it! We traveled along the coast of Galway Bay, taking in more spectacular views and getting insight into the region along the way.
Our first stop was at the family-run Connemara Marble factory. The owner of the company showed us all the different shades of marble from different quarries around the country, from the black Galway marble to the red rose and light green. It was so interesting to walk through the workshop where they cut and polished the marble to create jewelry and other pieces.
Next, we drove through a region called the Burren. It’s a limestone plateau at the edge of Galway Bay and offers the one shade of gray that complements the other forty shades of green. The landscape here is very unique and quite rocky—the name “Burren” actually translates to “stony place.”
We took a short break to stroll through the little village of Ballyvaughan, passing picturesque pubs and cafés.
By lunchtime, we made it to the place I’d been most excited about: The Cliffs of Moher! It was almost unreal seeing them in person. In this case, I can let a few photos do the talking for me.
It’s safe to say we were all sufficiently wow-ed.
This has been an incredible trip through the Emerald Isle. I learned so much from our amazing Tour Director Allie and have gained an appreciation for Irish culture through everything I’ve done while on tour here. Our fearless bus driver Tommy led us through some of the most beautiful green landscapes I’ve ever seen, and navigated us through the winding streets of some very welcoming towns and cities.
Traveling with a group was such a fun way to get to know a new country, since it meant I got to meet some wonderful people and share the experience with them. Sadly, the time came to say goodbye at our farewell dinner. We’re all heading home with great memories—and many of us are already thinking ahead to where we’ll be going next!
Missed one of Courtney’s posts? Want to catch up on her trip? See her full live blog here.