Everyone has to see the cliffs. They are breathtaking. Hike to them from Doolin. It's about 8 miles, but sometimes you can con a ride from a tour back to Doolin once you get there. Almost every tour company stops for lunch in Doolin after visiting the cliffs. They really are a site to see, although you will encounter plenty of tourists, souvenir carts, and various groups on your way up. If you happen to be there on a clear day you can see the Aran Islands. I've always been lucky when it comes to the weather, but I have heard that on really foggy days you can't even see the edge of the cliff so you might want to consider that when planning your trip and kind of play it by ear.
The highest cliffs in Europe, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most popular tourist spots and a must see for people visiting the Doolin area.
The best time to see the cliffs is outside of the busy Summer months when hoardes of tourists flock to see them but even in Summer if you walk a bit up or down the Cliffs from the main car park you will be rewarded with stunning views and avoid the worst of the crowds
There is a small visitor centre (free) selling souvenirs with a coffee shop & toilets although if it's food you're looking for I'd save my money and head for a pub in Doolin or one of the other towns in the area.
The charge for using the carpark is €2.50 per car.
The Cliffs of Moher (in Gaelic: Aillte an Mhothair) are located in the parish of Liscannor at the south-western edge of the Burren area near Doolin, which is located in County Clare, Ireland. Since the Cliffs themselves have no VT location, they need to be listed under County Clare or under Doolin.
I had never heard of these cliffs before my trip, but I was certainly was glad I had come because it was beautiful. As of June 2009 the Cliffs were in 5th place in the Seascapes section of the "New Seven Wonders" competition.
The cliffs rise 394 ft above the Atlantic Ocean and boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views. Try to come when it is a clear day. It was clear when we were there and the sun came out which made it much nicer. I could not only see and photograph the puffins nesting on the rocks below (one of the most unusual of the 29 species that are there), but also could see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. I actually could photograph Inisheer (which is one of the Aran Islands Lighthouses) in enough detail to identify it.
You can also turn around and look at the Irish countryside
Since we were on a bus tour, we didn't have to book tickets but the website on the Cliffs now allows you to book tickets on line at a 15% discount.
As I live in Ireland, I know that Cliffs and Aran Cruises have a combo trip to visit the Aran Islands and view the Cliffs of Moher all in the same day. The boat is named the Jack B . It is a very good service direct from Doolin Pier to the Aran Islands. I have to say it is a most enjoyable trip.
Breathtaking is the only way to describe the Cliffs of Mohr. Walking to the edge of the cliffs is definately not for people that are afraid of heights. One person in our group actually had to go back to the car just from watching the rest of us stand on the edge, especially when I walked to the edge along the grass parts. I've heard they have added some more fencing since, so that may not even be possible anymore. This is a must stop on your trip through Ireland. Make sure you lay on the ground, with your head over the edge, it is a very cool perspective.
These cliffs are amazing. It’s a very touristy place, but it is worth it. We walked to them from Doolin (it took a few hours), but it was worth it. If you’re walking, be careful, since you will be sharing the road with cars (driving very fast). There is no separate walking trail. The Cliffs are under renovation (as of June 2006) and a wall has been built separating people from the cliff’s edge. But while we were there, people were jumping the wall and hanging out at the edge of the cliff. Becareful if you go near the edge, since strong winds have been known to blow tourists off the cliff before. There is parking lot near the Cliffs and Bus Eirran stops here from many nearby cities. There is a gift shop and restaurant close to the Cliffs.
The walk from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher is about 3 miles, but it feels longer than that since it’s mostly up hill. The walk is along the Burren Way, but the entire way is along a paved road. It is a little annoying to have to move to the side for cars moving by (and there’s a lot since their also going to the Cliffs). But the walk is very beautiful and throughout it you get a great view of the villages around and the ocean.
I guess many people experience fog or rain but we were so lucky. Our B&B guy (Noel O'Connor, Twin Peaks) was also the local taxi driver. He drove us up to the cliffs and we walked back the 5 or so miles to town. What an incredible experience. At the top you have O'Briens tower which I had to see as i am an O'Brien. It was not open in January, oh well that was ok. It was VERY windy up there. It cost a few euro to park but it cost nothing to see the cliffs so it was free for us. There is a nice gift shop and tea room in the visitor center.
..............being built, so expect a massive building site if you visit the cliffs this year. I suspect it's horrendously busy in the season, so try to visit early or late in the day. Worth seeing though.
The Cliffs of Moher simply must be seen to be believed.
Go, if you're in the area- even if you're in the country- just go!
And yes, I was adventurous and climbed to the edge on my stomach and hung my head over. Now I understand Vertigo. And it was a stupid move. Lots of people die each year from getting too close to the edge of the stoic cliffs. The wind is always fierce and can easily push you like a stab in the back, so I don't recommend doing that stupid thing I did.
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