Cliffs of Moher



Last updated: January 28th, 2024

What are the Cliffs of Moher?

The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Ireland and a top tourist attraction. Here are some key details about the Cliffs of Moher:

  1. Location: They are located on the west coast of Ireland, in County Clare, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

  2. Size: The cliffs rise dramatically from the ocean, reaching a maximum height of 214 meters (702 feet) and spanning a distance of about 14 kilometers (8.7 miles).

  3. Visitor Centre: The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is a modern visitor centre built into the hillside that offers exhibits about the cliffs, the surrounding area, and its wildlife. It also provides facilities for the vast number of tourists that visit each year.

  4. Wildlife: The cliffs are home to a variety of seabird species, including the Atlantic puffin, and they provide a fantastic vantage point for watching these birds, particularly during the nesting season.

  5. Geology: The cliffs are primarily made of shale and sandstone, and their layers tell a story that spans over 300 million years.

  6. Cultural Significance: They have appeared in various films, music videos, and literature, making them not only a natural but also a cultural landmark.

  7. Safety: While the views from the cliffs are breathtaking, it's important to stay safe. There are marked pathways and viewing platforms for visitors, but some areas near the cliff edges can be precarious.

  8. O'Brien's Tower: Near the midpoint of the cliffs stands O'Brien's Tower, a round stone tower built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O'Brien as an observation tower for the hundreds of Victorian tourists that frequented the cliffs at the time.

The Cliffs of Moher offer a dramatic and beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and are a must-visit for anyone traveling to Ireland.

Background

On Tuesday, June 20th, 2023 I took a day trip to Cliffs of Moher through Wild Rover Tours. The tour also included driving the Wild Atlantic Way and stopping in Galway City.

Itinerary

  • The bus departed from near the Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin at 6:55AM. Along the way we had one bathroom break/ food stop.
  • We arrived at the Cliffs of Moher at 10:45AM and had 2 hours to explore. I spent the whole time walking to be able to get to the North and South viewpoints.
  • From the cliffs, we drove along the Wild Atlantic Way with a short stop at the Baby Cliffs of Ballyreen at 1:25PM.
  • At 3PM we arrived at Galway City and spent 2 hours there. Here I had time to go to a pub and have a Guiness.
  • We arrived back in Dublin around 8PM with one bathroom break along the way.

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