The Cliffs of Moher lie just north of Ennistimon and run for approx. 8 kms from the watchtower at Nags Head at a height of up to 214 metres . They are one of the most visited sights in Ireland. Personally, I was a little disappointed with the cliffs, probably down to it being a very overcast day and a little drizzle. Plus sharing what would normally be a spectacular view with 15 coachloads of pushy, shovy people (I refuse to give their nationality) that arrived at the same time as us. There was part of the cliffwalk blocked for work while we were there, so part of the views were out of bounds. O'Brien's tower, built in 1835 by Cornelius O'Brien is now re-opened after renovation
The visitor centre is very well laid out and built into a cliff for minimum environmental pollution. Parts of the centre are free to visit, but the short films that are shown are not. It must be said here that the visit to the cliffs are free to visit, although on the website you are not told this. Unfortunately there is only room to park at the official carpark, so very difficult to not pay unless you hike in from Ennistimon or Doolin.
Price is 6€ per adult with reductions to 4€ for students and seniors with kids under 16 free.
Visiting O'Brien's tower costs a further 2€, children 1€ with no other discounts.
It is a well worth a walk around Ennistimon, just to have a look at a nice quiet little town, especially if you are on the way to the cliffs of Moher. You can take the time here to relax a little before being overwhelmed by the tourists and s**t on by the numerous birds at the cliffs. Take a short walk down a little lane to the view of the weir. If it's open refresh the throat at Eugene's or of the other numerous little bars.
located on a hill in the center of ennistimon is the ruined church of st. andrews. the church yard has an interesting collection of irish crosses.
Ennistymon, Ennistymon, Ireland
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eugene's irish pub is located in the center of ennistimon. this pub is has a very interesting decor and a good beer selection.
From Ennistimon, take the R478 through Liscannor towards the cliffs of Moher. About 2 kms before the cliffs carpark you'll see a signpost that indicates the Holy Well to your left. It is just there on the corner, next to Murphy's pub and below a local ancient cemetery where some of the O'Brien clan chiefs are laid. The well is in a little house with thousands of small personal objects along the walls, in a small garden, that pilgrims leave behind after practising the rite. Belos is the very interesting Wiki explanation of St Brigid and the rite.
On the opposite corner to the well, there is a small field, with a monument to Cornelius O'Brien erected in 1853. He was the County Clare representative in Parliament for over 20 years, and the viewing tower and pavement at the cliffs of Moher are also down to his vision of Clare prospering through tourism. His tomb is in the cemetery behind the well. The monument can be seen from a fair way down the road and easier to spot than the sign for the well.