Another fantasitc/beautiful/awe inspiring stop on my solo road trip was the Cliffs of Moher. At their highest point, they are 214m (702 feet) high and they stretch for 8 km (5 miles)! The cliffs are located along the Atlantic coast in County Clare. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. As you can see from the photos below, I was not there on a clear day but it was still so cool! I think the clouds added to the moodiness of the cliffs 🙂 O’Brien’s tower is a lookout point for the cliffs which was built in the 1800s. However, it is extra for admission to the tower. You’ll have to let me know if it’s worth it if you go!
The Cliffs of Moher are what I picture when I think of Ireland. Dramatic vistas, sheer cliffs dropping into an angry sea, and green as far as the eye can see. Even though this is a BIG tourist attraction, you won’t be disappointed with the views or the experience. The only times I felt annoyed/overwhelmed by crowds was trying to park and in the visitor’s center. Once you’re out on the cliffs, everyone is pretty spread out. Photos definitely don’t do it justice!
Make sure you set aside enough time to wander up and down both sides. When you come up from the visitor’s center, you are pretty much in the middle of the 5 mile stretch. I walked all the way down to the end of one side, but not the other. I wish I would have had the time and quite frankly the energy to go both ways. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, I would recommend walking to the right if you can only go one way. This is the view when Harry and Dumbledore go in search of the horcrux in the movie!
And yes, there aren’t really any guard rails so be really careful! When I was there, a huge gust of wind came up and nearly knocked me over. I freaked out for a minute and decided to walk on the path further away from the edge. Some people seem to be unnecessarily risky in where they were standing. It may make a good photo but it’s not worth dying for! See the photo below for an example of how the path looks.
Part of the cliffs are actually private land which us tourists can use so you will probably see cows and sheep wandering the hills. They sure have an enviable view for lunch!
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Hours – It opens at 9 am regardless of the season but the closing time varies based on the time of year.
Price – 6 euros for adults which I think is pretty reasonable! O’Brien’s tower is another 2 euros.
What to wear? Since this is a main tourist attraction, a lot of the area is paved, well marked and has barriers for safety. If you walk further up the path, it becomes hard packed dirt. I wore hiking boots but I think regular tennis shoes would work too. It’s always rainy in Ireland so make sure you wear a waterproof coat and shoes you don’t mind getting muddy. I would also pack a hat because the wind can get nasty!
I need to know even more! Check out the official site for the Cliffs of Moher here.
I hope you enjoyed this quick look at the Cliffs of Moher! For more from my trip, click here!