For many of us, the sight of, mighty cliffs jutting out in the backdrop of an ocean or a sea with the waves breaking up at the rocks has a strange mesmerizing effect. There is something enchanting about witnessing nature’s forces out in the open,
The Cliffs Of Moher
These Cliffs are located in County Clare at a 90 minutes drive along the Ireland’s west coast. They are in fact along the scenic driving route quite aptly termed as the “Wild Atlantic” Route.
For the convenience of tourists, the visitor’s center has been built into its hillside to enable them to see the location without intrusive buildings coming in their view.
It is home to many species of birds, and if you happen to be around in late March you would often come across the flock of the Atlantic Puffin and many varieties of sea gulls.
The Cliffs of Moher are famous all over the world amongst nature’s lovers and are the Ireland’s most visited attraction. Standing at an astounding average height of 200 meters, these cliffs stretch for almost 5 miles or roughly 8.5 km along the County Clare’s Atlantic coast, west of Ireland. A look at this magical vista is bound to capture the heart of anyone who witnesses this natural wonder. This is a reason that despite its remoteness, it attracts more than a million visitors year after year.
These cliffs are also a venue for seeing the best of panoramic views deep into the Atlantic ocean. On a clear day you would be able to see the faraway Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, the Maum Turk mountains of Connemara, the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands of Kerry Loop.
The O’Brien’s Tower built near its highest point has traditionally served as a favorite viewing point of the visitors for many years. One of the best activities that you can do here is the time tested walk along the legendary Cliffs of Moher and feel the cold wind as it blows across your face. This famous landmark of Ireland’s looks imposing as it dramatically rises from the ocean, and fine spray formed along its entire length as the waves come crashing into it far below.
For a nature lover, there is a lot to do and preparing for the visit would help in getting the most out of it. Being a major tourist attraction, you also have to look into the best time that would suit you so that you can enjoy the sights to their full glory. The busiest of the months are July – August and the maximum rush is 11.30am to 3pm. As is normal with most tourist places, the Weekends are even busier. You can of course visit all round the year except during Christmas from 24th to 26th Dec.
- Walking -There are a number of safety barriers that prevent you from going too close to the cliff’s edge. The sandstone ledges are also known to crumble sometimes without warning hence it is best to keep away from edges. In any case there is plenty to see without endangering yourself this way.
- Visiting Hag’s Head – At approximately 90 minute walk to the south from the visitor’s center, this is a beautiful stone tower that dates back to the period of Napoleonic Wars.
- O’Brien’s Tower – This is the highest point along the cliffs and lies to the north. It is a fairly short walking distance from the visitor’s center. You can get some of the best views from here. There is a $2 ticket to be purchased in case you are keen to climb the tower.
- Nearby places – the villages Liscannor and Doolin are in the vicinity approximately 6 to 7 km from the Cliffs of Moher, where you will get restaurants, pubs, bed & breakfasts to relax after exploring.