On a clear day, the Cliffs of Moher (Aillte an Mothair, or Ailltreacha Mothair) are staggeringly beautiful. The entirely vertical cliffs rise to a height of 214m, their edge abruptly falling away into a ceaselessly churning Atlantic Ocean.
One of Ireland’s most photographed places, the cliffs of Moher are a progression of vast promontories, the dark limestone stands in a rigid formation. Majestic views stretch across the sea to the Aran Islands and north along the coast to the hills of Connemara. Incredible sunsets here see the sky turn a kaleidoscope of amber, amethyst, rose pink and deep garnet red.
Top of the list for many visitors to Ireland, it includes a high-tech visitor centre, a 19th-century lookout tower and a wealth of walking trails. A boat trip out from Doolin harbour can provide the best views of these awesome cliffs.
Cliffs looking South
Explore the Cliffs of Moher
Begin your visit to the Cliff with a stop Visitor’s centre. Covered in turf and cut into the hillside, the cliffs’ state-of-the-art visitor centre has engaging exhibitions covering the fauna, flora, geology and climate of the cliffs, and an interactive genealogy board with information on local family names.
Follow this by walking out to the Cliff’s edge for the stunning panoramic views. Pay a visit to O’Brien’s Tower and clatter up the spiral iron staircase to the roof-top viewing platform of this historic stone tower for the Cliffs of Moher’s best photo-op. The structure was built back in 1835 as an observation post for the tourists who, even then, flocked to these dramatic headlands. The views take in five counties on clear days.
Trails to explore
Spend the rest of your visit exploring the trails running north and south along the clifftop. Trying to get the perfect photo is an adventure in itself. If that’s too energetic for you, buy an icecream, find a nice place to sit, and soak up the view!
All I can say is Wow! The cliffs were one of the things I really wanted to see when I came to Ireland and they didn’t disappoint!