Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
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.
My intention had been to visit Cliffs of Moher independently on a day trip from Galway and to do some hiking there. But to my disappointment there were very few buses on a Monday in the end of February, only two arriving before the last one returned and it would not give me more than 2h at the cliffs.
At the hostel where I was staying, Kinlay House Hostel, I asked about the day tours going to Cliffs of Moher to see if that could be an option. I was told that the tour was a better option as it would give me 2h at the cliffs plus stops at interesting sights along the way, and it would be cheaper than going independently. The tour was with Galway Tour Company and booking from the hostel I paid 20 Euro (February 2013) and that also included the ticket to the visitor centre at Cliffs of Moher. The tour started at 10 and finished at 18.
The day of the tour I and a few others were picked up by a small bus and taken to the coach station. To my surprise we there changed to a big coach and it turned out to be fully booked. I think I was the oldest tourist on the bus. In the beginning of the tour we were told that we were not staying 2h at the Cliffs of Moher as the brochures says, but were only staying 1h 15minutes. This was because they used to eat lunch there, but they are very slow at the restaurant there so we were now stopping in Doolin for lunch instead (I wonder how long it has been like that). Well, lunch or not, I was disappointed to get less than 2h at the cliffs.
The bus driver talked almost all the time and gave us lots of information about the places we passed. At a few places we stopped and we got 15 minutes or less at each stop. These are the stops we made:
Ballyvaughn (for bathroom and snacks)
Ballyalban Earthen Ring Fort
Kilfenora (High Crosses)
Doolin for lunch at a pub (not included in the tour)
Cliffs of Moher, where we stayed 1h 15min
I will soon build a separate travel page about this trip and you can find it here: County Clare .
The cliffs are amazing in almost any kind of weather but be real careful if the wind is blowing hard!
Please stop and listen to this and other musicians in Ireland---this guy was in the parking lot for our walk up to the Cliffs of Moher and was incredibly talented! We really do need more musicians in the world, don't you think? Let's give a hand to those that we encounter around the world---they all share the same passion for music, whatever it's origin!
The Cliffs of Moher are a breathtaking part of the coastline of Ireland! These cliffs are about 200 m steep and go horizontally down to the sea. There is a walking path and you can still walk along the cliffs and if you are very daring you can walk all the way up to the edges.... A stunning scenery!
ATTENTION!: While we were visiting there was already construction works going on: In spring (?) 2007 they plan to open a gigantic visitors' center from where you will be able to enjoy the cliffs, but no more walking along the cliffs will be allowed!
Here the famous pic always taken, but nevertheless it's so breathtaking and beautiful, especially if you are from a lowland country like myself. A height of nearly 200 metres. They extent for a distance of 8 km. There's a visitor's centre.
Look closely at the pic and see if you can spot the tree people on top of the cliffs?
On the West Coast of Ireland in Co. Clare, you will find the beautiful Cliffs of Moher. Eight kilometres of rugged cliffs soaring high above the Atlantic Ocean. I know it's a cliche, but really no trip to the Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, arguably the most popular attraction in Ireland. Click on the website below for all the info you will need about getting there, tours, charges etc. If you have a car, you could do The Burren on the same day. Fabulous!
Recommend using tour guide as many roads are very skinny and lots of small places that are worth seeing that likely would miss if just drove yourself. The one I used Dublin Tour Company(www.Dublintourcompany.com) was great and only cost 49 euros to get from Dublin to Galway and back in a day. The company is called Galway Tour Company if already in Galway. Cliffs of Moher are gorgeous and worth seeing as the movie Princess bride and Harry Potter both used these cliffs for there extreme water to steep climb.
If you will start your travel in Ireland,would you visit Cliffs of Moher first,than you drive to Co.Clare to find a dolmen which is one of main symbols in the country,then you could stay in Bunratty castle for a while to see it and an exhibition and a real imitation of very old Irish village,after the next few miles you visit Limerick(ancient capital of Ireland) and King John's castle in city centre.If you'll go to the East do not miss Glendalough lake(one of the best places in the World).Istead of Dublin I would recommend Newgrange(the neolitic complex with magic aura)et cetera et cetera.The weather in September could be OK and there are lots of B&B. Good Luck
We were extremely lucky it was a perfect weather the day we were there. We were told that it's normally windy and rarely on good weather. Brought our packed lunch and enjoyed a good picnic there. The view there is definitely worthed lotsa good shots. Try visit the visitor experience exhibition that showed how the cliffs was formed. They charged an entrance fee of a few euros.
The Cliffs of Moher were high on our list of "Must Sees" while in Ireland, and they did not disappoint. For you fans of "The Princess Bride", the cliffs doubled as the Cliffs of Insanity ("Inconceivable!"), and they were simply stunning. You walk up a rather steep hill until you get to the top where you look out over the rugged coast of the Atlantic Ocean. At the top is O'Brien's Tower, which looks like an ancient round tower but in fact was built in the 1930's for the tourists who would come to visit. It cost us 1 Euro each to ascend to the top of O'Brien's Tower. Wow, just when you think the view can't possibly be any more beautiful...
I was there in 2005, and at that time they were building a new visitors center, which surely must be open by now. I can't wait to go back!
Cliff of Moher is the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland. If like me you dislike crowds, stay away on public holidays, unfortunately the Bank Holiday was the only time my brother could drive me up to the place.
A virtual reality show , THE LEDGE, is an audiovisual theatre. Visitors get a bird's eye view of the stunning cliffs. Not to be missed.
If you are planning on spending most of your time in Dublin or Belfast, but want a chance to see what there is out there in the rest of the country, Paddywagon Tours are a cheap, convenient and fun way to do it.
They have tours ranging from 1 to 10 days going all over the country. I went on a 3 day tour, myself through South and West Ireland, and it was great "craic". The attitudes of the Paddywagon guides are great, and more importantly, it is contagious. The group I went with ended up having loads of fun, stopping at the Blarney Stone, Galway, Killarney, and the Cliffs of Moher, among other places. They were also cool about 3 of us renting a car and following the bus up on the next tour into Northern Ireland. Class organization, and great entertainers!
There were signs around saying it was too dangerous to visit the cliffs, as it was very VERY windy while we were there! But still plenty of people were about. The cliffs are stunning, the way theyre positioned is as if they were created to be photographed! Make sure you walk up both paths to check out each side!
Cliffs of Moher are a bit over-rated by the tourists in my personal opinion, but when you are on the West-coast anyway, why not going there as well. I simply mean it does not make sense to go there as a single destination on a daytour from Dublin, when you dont have the time to explore anything else of the beautiful Westcoast of Ireland. The walk along the Cliffs of Moher is the main attraction for the tourists, BUT only at a very few places you are able to 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 clever 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 are allowed to climb up the steps in order to have a better view of the landscape around, but I am not sure, wether I should 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 !
The cave is situated in Doolin village, some 10 kilometer from the Cliff of Moher. The cave opens for public around 2006. Contact the Doolin Cave tour operator that arrange a group tour of maximum 20 persons for price of 15 Euro/person. Student discount is available. No independent visitor can enter the cave.
It takes around 10 minute driving by the tour bus to reach the cave. Guide is available. You will be given the helmet before entering the cave. And once you will be in the stalactite chamber, you will be amazed with silvery 7 meter height stalactite (one of the world’s biggest stalactite).
The cave was found accidentally by two students who explored the area back in 1952. The discovery leads to the development of the cave today for more accessible for the public and remain interesting for speleologist.