Cliffs of Moher is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland and it is easy to understand why. It is a spectacular sight to see the high steep cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. At the highest point the cliffs are 214m.
I had hoped to go here independently and to hike along the coast for some hours, but unfortunately the bus connection between Galway and Cliffs of Moher was not god on a Monday in the end of February, so I ended up on an organized day tour instead. The promised 2h at the cliffs turned out to be 1h 15min, so not much time for hiking. When leaving the bus I went straight up to O Brian’s Tower, a round stone tower from the 19th century from where there are good views over the cliffs. There was an admission of 2 Euro to enter so I skipped it and walked back to follow the path above the cliffs to the south instead. In the beginning of the trail a new path has been constructed next to the old one, which is closer to the cliff edge, and between them there is a stonewall. A bit further away there is no stonewall and the path goes quite close to the edge. Unfortunately I had too little time to hike all the way to Hag’s Head.
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre is situated next to the car park. It is mainly an underground building in the hillside and it blends in very well with the surroundings. In the visitor centre there is a gift shop, bathrooms and two cafés. There is also an exhibition, The Edge. The exhibition is about the cliffs and is shown with four thems; ocean, rock, animal and man. The Ledge is an audiovisual theatre.
I came to Cliffs of Moher on a daytour from Galway and in the price of the tour a ticket for the visitor centre was included (6 Euro in February 2013). As it was a sunny day, though cold, and as we didn’t have more than 1h and 15min at the cliffs I was not interested in spending time inside. Only on the way back to the bus did I go inside for two minutes to have a quick look. To visit the cliffs doesn’t cost anything.
Situated in County Clare the cliffs of Moher are spectuclar cliffs that rise up to 213 meters and a range of 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of Co Claire. From the clifts you can see The Aran Islands, Galway Bay as well as the 12 Pins and the Maum Turk mountains. Take a walk up to the O'Brien's Castle for a better view. Since this place has become so busy with tourists you will never find a time when your on your own. A huge car park caters for the hundreds of buses that stop off. In the last year the local council have built a cafe along with the usual over prices shops for your to spend your money. I loved this place years ago, before the tour buses arrived. Still its a great place to view one of the most spectular sites in Ireland. Admission is six euro just for the the cliffs but does include the Visitor centre and the Exhibition. Students get a discount but you have to produce your card. If you want to visit the castle it will cost you another 2 Euro. Revenue is generated through admission to cover costs and improve facilities.
The next stop after lunch in Doolin on the tour was the Cliffs of Moher, an 8 km wall of stratified rock that rises vertically out of the sea to a height of 710 feet. As we were piling off our bus, our guide told us that she wanted us to stay to the right, she had 54 people on the bus coming there and she wanted 54 going back with her and she certainly wasn't coming in after us should we get blown off the cliffs. So I started off going right and climbed up the right hand set of stairs to the top, the sun was shining but all of my photos taken towards the south turned out to be a bit hazy as I was shooting into the sun. You can climb to the top of O'Brien's tower for an even higher view, there's a 2€ admission fee to do that, drat I left my money on the bus. You can also take pictures to the north from here, those turned out a bit clearer but the view not as dramatic.
I walked back down the right hand stairs and started up the left hand stairs, it is a safe paved walking path up to a point. When I got to the signs that said "Please Do Not Go Past This Point", I stopped along with 3 or 4 other people who also knew how to read. If I must be completely honest though it wasn't the sign that stopped me, I do have this *minor* fear of heights things going on and that path is right at the cliffs edge and we only had an hour for the whole visit and my time was running short.
If you are just viewing the Cliffs of Moher and come by bicycle or on foot, it is free to visit, if you drive there, you will have to pay to park in their lot, currently it is 8€ per car. We only had about an hour at the Cliffs so I didn't have time to even look inside the visitors center to see what was there, there is also a charge for that which is what is listed on the website under Book Tickets.
If you've seen the movie "Princess Bride", the Cliffs of Moher were used as the Cliffs of Insanity, I may need to go back and see that movie again.
The Cliffs of Mohr are among the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.
We were here on a nice clear day in early June and were able to observe both the cliffs, which are some 400-700 feet above the Atlantic, but also the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. We also saw some towers along the edges of the cliffs (photo 4 and 5).
After we visited the brand new Visitor's Center, my grandson went up towards O'Brien's Tower (which I don't think was open), but I asked one of the rangers where I could best see the Atlantic Puffins and he indicated that I should walk the other direction so that was what I did. The puffins live in large colonies at isolated parts of the cliffs and on the small Goat Island. Also present are hawks, gulls, guillemots, shags, ravens and choughs. If you look at the cliffs and see white edges (photo 3), that's probably the bird guano and if you use your binoculars there, you will see the birds nesting there.
You would think that these nesting sites would be safe from anything except another bird, but apparently people climb down the cliffs to collect eggs as there are warning signs that prohibit that.
Cliffs of Moher run from Doolin village to Liscannor bay . Public excess to the cliffs is at the visitor Center. Here you can park your car. Have refreshment , shop for a postcard etc . See the cliffs in safety The land either side of the center is private. and in some area's the edge is unprotected This land should only be entered if you have permission of the land owner. These fields are part of a working farm.
That is what everyone is doing. The walk along the Cliffs of Moher is the main attraction for the tourists, along the route you will find spots where you can look down the dangerous cliffs. It reaches a height of 200 meters at some places.
I could not see anywhere, where it was possible to find a path going down to the shore.
This is one of the most popular spots for tourists after the Guinness Storehouse. The best time to go there is in the Autumn on a cool, clear chilly day. There are just too many people there in Summer. However, it is definitely worth the trip. The scenery is fantastic. There is a car park near the entrance to the cliffs which is pricey if you are only staying for a short while at €8 but if staying for a few hours is good value. There is a row of shops on the way to the cliffs and an interpretive centre set into the hillside as you walk towards the cliffs themselves. The design is actually quite neat and blends in with the surrounding hillside very effectively.
The new visitor's center which cost €22 million to build is nestled into the hillside (mostly underground) and has a restaurant, exhibits in four areas OCEAN, ROCK, NATURE and MAN. and a movie about the area. It was officially opened in Feb 2007 by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
In 1993 Reddy O'Riordan Staehli Architects won an international architectural design competition to replace the existing visitor and interpretative centre at the Cliffs of Moher...
To minimise the visual impact.., the design strategy proposed an underground building on the site of the existing facility. .. the original, much smaller, centre .. was demolished..
Probably Ireland's most popular tourist attraction for many year, the cliffs now have new visitor's centre (Feb 2007) complete with interpretive centre, cafe, shops etc. It could have ruined the place but it's actually very well done, being built to blend into the surroundings. That went some way to justify the steep 8 euro parking fee!
The cliffs themselves reach 214 metres (702 feet at their highest point) and it's possible to see spectacular scenery of the coastline and islands. As well as the scenery the area is designated as a Special Protected Area for birds.
At the far end of our morning walk along the Cliffs of Moher, we came to this sandstone platform that had been worn away by the elements. It was an exhilarating experience to walk (or should I say creep) out to the end of this slab and then to peer over its edge at the sheer drop into the Ocean below! The pinnacle protruding from the water is a 70-metre (200-foot) chunk of rock known as Breanan Mor. As with the cliffs themselves, it is made up of ridges of sandstone and siltstone which are, in turn, covered by thousands of birds nests. On the headland is O'Brien's Tower near the tourist centre. This particular moment was the best of this trip and is one of my all time greatest travel memories!
The Cliffs of Moher are a realy fantastic place to get gorgeous views of the sea. I was ther in early January and the power of the waves bashing into the cliffs was awe-inspiring. The wind was so ferocious that we were bent double trying to walk against it. It blew my beanie right off my head in an instant and I chased it for over 100 metres before I eventually caught it. It was so strong that it was blowing water right up the cliff face like a waterfall going upwards.
This beautiful cliffs are about 8km long and rising to a height of 200m out of the sea.
Even on the sunny day, the wind can be very strong. If you like the thrill, step over the slate bariier and down onto the stone platform. I didn't go up to the edge of the cliff to look down the water, instead I enjoyed watching the birds flying, people playing folk music (selling their CDs), etc. When I visited there the weather was very nice, and I could see the Alan Islands from the cliff.
There is a gift shop and a cafe by the parking lot.
If you have time, you can go to the Hag's Head in the south, or up North to the O'Brien's Tower, where you can enjoy the best view of the cliffs.
The walk along the Cliffs of Moher is the main attraction for the tourists, BUT only at a very few places you may look down the dangerous cliffs, that have a hight of 200 meters at some places.
No matter how far you walk along the cliffs of Moher, you will NEVER have a chance to find a path going down to the shore!
The best place to look down the cliffs and maybe see some birds is next to the parking, where you may lay on the floor and look down !!
O'Brien's Tower was built already in the 19th century by a local farmer for the many tourists, who came to see the famous Cliffs of Moher. You will have to pay a small fee and then you may climb up the steps in order to have a better view of the landscape around, but I am not sure, if I could recommend it or not, as the cliffs are even further away than at places, where you may walk directely along the cliffs - free of charge !
To step up O'Briens Tower might make sense on a clear day, when you want to have a better view of the Aran-island !