There is no doubt that Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher are one of the most spectacular natural attractions worth seeing during your visit to the “land of leprechauns”. Boasting a breathtaking vista, which has enthralled millions of visitors already, the cliffs cover 5 miles (8 kilometers) of land area and are situated along the Atlantic coast of West Ireland’s Country Claire. At their highest point, the Cliffs of Moher rise up to about 702 feet (214 meters). Their sheer height and magnitude greatly contribute to their magnificent appearance. The shimmering blue sea at the foot of the Cliffs also provide a striking contrast to the dark limestone.
It is believed that the Cliffs of Moher literally means “cliffs of the ruined” as the word Mothar, which Moher is derived from, means “ruined fort” in ancient Gaelic language. But there is not clear evidence to support this claim as there are no remaining traces of the ruins, which could have been built two thousand years ago. You can find the Cliffs of Moher just a few kilometers south of the Village of Doolin. There is no accommodation on the cliffs themselves, but Doolin as well as the other nearby village of Liscannor can serve as an excellent base to this natural attraction. In these towns, you can find a wide range of hotels, bed and breakfasts, as well as pubs and restaurants.
There are many ways to experience the Cliffs of Moher. One thrilling way, which has been increasingly popular, is surfing! Surfers make their way to the large waves just underneath the cliffs, by jetski from Doolin. These irresistible surfing waves can rise up to more than 35 feet. The Cliffs are also a wonderful spot for bird watching as they are home to a large number of nesting seabirds such as Chough, Razorbuill, Common Gull and Atlantic Puffin. For breathtaking views of the cliffs and the wildlife inhabiting them, sign up for a cruise, which usually picks up passengers from Doolin.
You can also enjoy the cliffs the traditional way, which is walking around the different trails. The marvelous Cliffs of Moher warmly welcome guests by offering 800 meters of protected side pathways, steps and viewing areas. From these points, you will be treated to outstanding vistas such as Galway Bay, Ara Islands, Twleve Pins and the Maum Ruk mountains.
If you make it to the end of the ‘Moher Wall’ in the south section, you will encounter a trail that runs all the way to the Hag’s Head. This spot not only offers uninhibited views but it also often has fewer crowds. From here, you can take on the 12-kilometer Liscannor trail. Another interesting walking path is called the Doolin Trail, which goes all the way to Doolin village, passing through O’Brienís Tower. This 19th century tower is clearly the best lookout spot as it is the highest point in the area. Another fascinating section of the Cliffs is the natural rocky promontory called Hags Head. This rock gained fame as it looks like a seated woman when viewed from the north.
Aside from admiring the views from the Cliffs, you can also drop by a visitor center located in the middle of this natural attraction. Nestled into the hillside, this environmentally friendly center aims to enhance your experience of the Cliffs of Moher.