Well, we made it! The Cliffs of Moher! One of Ireland's most visited sights and rightfully so! The cliffs are about five miles long and my pictures just don't do them justice! They are huge and it is neat hearing the waves crashing and seeing the gulls flying around them.
Parking is at the visiter's center and you pay as you leave. I don't remember the exact cost, but it was around 2 euros.
At the bottom of this picture you can make out the bit of cliff which juts out just below O'Briens Tower. There are big signs warning visitors not to cross over the wall but very few people seem to pay any attention. If you're not a big scaredy cat like me then you can crawl to the edge, lie on your stomach and look over the edge of the cliff to the sea below. I lasted about a second! Instead I just sat further back and took in the scenery. As my friend said, its a fantastic place just to clear your head. Be warned though, bits of the cliff have been known to give way.. You can also follow a path up to the top of the opposite cliff.
One of the most stunning sights in Ireland, and consequently one of the most heavily visited, the Cliffs of Moher stretch for approx 6 miles from Hags Head in the south to just north of O'Briens Tower with as much as a 700ft drop in some parts! Its a beautiful place though and I would go back there in a second. Especially if its a nice clear day to make the most of the views.
There is a car park just south of O'Briens Tower at the visitor centre which costs around €2.50, plus a cafe & souvenir shop
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.
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..
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.
For the best views, climb O'Brien's Tower which stands atop the highest point on the cliffs. The tower is not ancient but still picturesque and offers great vistas. It is hard to describe the beauty of the cliffs but it is a great experience and you are likely to be entertained by some Irish music or dancing as you ascend. Put some coins in the coffer for these folks so they will keep coming to add to the ambience.
Admission is free and the visitor's center has a nice giftshop and tearoom.
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 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.
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.
An observation tower built by Cornelius O'Brien in 1835 to impress female visitors to the cliffs. It used to be said of O'Brien that he had built everything in the area except for the cliffs themselves! The tower was restored in the 1970s so we can now enjoy the views of the cliffs :)
Well, what can I say. The Cliffs of Moher is a simply breathtaking place. Do not leave Ireland without paying a visit.
If you've seen Westlife's "My Love" music video then you'd have had a glimpse of the cliffs. Still, that doesn't mean you needn't go.