Les Falaises de Moher - Christopher Hill Photographic 2014, Tourism Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

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Les Falaises de Moher - Christopher Hill Photographic 2014, Tourism Ireland




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Ireland Location County Ireland: County Clare (Republic of Ireland)
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Address: follow the road to Liscannor (along the R478).
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The Cliffs of Moher (also called Cliffs of Moher in English) are among the most beautiful cliffs in Ireland. Situated in the south-west of the Burren, in County Clare, they are alone a mecca for Irish tourism, and will amaze you with their beauty, which extend over 8 km long and reach up to 215 metres in height! Enough to make you dizzy! Don’t miss a crumb of the panorama of these rocky giants overlooking the Atlantic Ocean: the spectacle is truly breathtaking!

Visit The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Starting point: the panorama seen from the O’Brien Tower…

Cliffs of Moher – crédits : akz

Cliffs of Moher – crédits : akz

The tour starts between Liscannor and Doolin, on the outskirts of the R478. A paying car park (8€ per person and not per vehicle) has been specially set up to allow you to get rid of your car and then discover without further ado the magnificent viewpoint overlooking the cliffs. A very wide access ramp, made of stones, will lead you to O’Brien’s Tower, a small tower built in 1835, overlooking the landscape. This tower is located on the highest point of the site, and is often the place where tourists take pictures of themselves!

Whatever the weather, the spectacle will be most striking: the Cliffs of Moher plunge vertically into the depths of the raging ocean. The rock is a dark black colour, deeply marked by the erosion of the sea. A little further, towards the horizon, stand wisely the Aran Islands (Inishmore Island, Inishmaan Island and Inisheer Island).

On a clear day, you will even have the chance to see the high landscapes of Connemara, with its mountains and hills tinged with forests and peat bogs.

A little walk along the cliffs…

Les Falaises de Moher vue d'en bas - Simon Crowe

Les Falaises de Moher vue d’en bas – Simon Crowe

If you like the show, and you want to discover more, do not hesitate to walk the 8 km of cliffs. Small paths allow you to walk along the cliffs, offering you magnificent views of these exceptional geological masses.

Be careful however not to walk too close to the edge: these paths have not been laid out and do not have barriers such as the viewpoint from the O’Brien Tower. Many accidents have occurred due to carelessness. Notably people having approached the edge while trying to do a selfie).

This short walk will allow you to discover the natural wonders of the site: its fauna and flora are renowned throughout the world for their diversity as well as their richness. The Cliffs of Moher are home to a large number of seabirds, as well as a variety of plants bordering the cliff. During the nesting season, the Cliffs are even populated by cormorants, guillemots, penguins and puffins!

Plan a good afternoon to go around the Cliffs of Moher… and bring a good camera, ready to be drawn to immortalize the moment!

Atlantic Edge

Vue du Visitor Centre des Falaises de Moher - IrishFireside - cc

Vue du Visitor Centre des Falaises de Moher – IrishFireside – cc

In order to further exploit the economic success of the Cliffs of Moher, the Irish state has set up a small tourist complex called “Atlantic Edge”, which opened its doors in 2007.

This shopping centre has been partially built underground so as not to detract too much from the beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. You will find a lot of shops and signs, including :

  • a small museum dedicated to the Cliffs of Moher, its ecosystem, its fauna and flora. The visit is rather instructive, and the entrance is included in the price of the car park that you paid on your arrival.
  • a panoramic restaurant, to taste Irish gastronomy while enjoying the sumptuous landscapes of the Cliffs of Moher while tasting good typical Irish dishes.
  • small tourist stalls, where you will be sold objects related to the Cliffs of Moher. Enough to bring back some souvenirs of your visit!

Atlantic Edge will be blamed for its ultra-touristic side, which somewhat distorts the beauty of the site. The commercial exploitation of the Cliffs of Moher is a little too present, and somewhat breaks their authenticity. To better enjoy the wild aspect of the cliffs, it is better to get away from Atlantic Edge, and follow the marked hiking trails.

The Cliffs of Moher: a fragile site to be protected every day

Falaises de moher - Chris Hill Photographic

Falaises de moher – Chris Hill Photographic

The Cliffs of Moher are so well known that thousands of tourists flock to these places every year to contemplate the beauty of its landscapes. This sheer number of visitors alone represents a threat to the site and its ecosystem: the incessant passage of visitors constantly disrupts the balance of the surrounding nature. Trampling of the flora, pollution resulting from incivility (rubbish thrown on the ground…etc.), are all acts that contribute to damaging the site.

This is why the Cliffs have been labelled a “Protected Site” since 1989 by the Irish State, which then took measures to develop the area for tourism, without altering the authenticity of the site.

To ensure a respectful visit, we advise you to follow the marked paths, without overflowing them, to preserve the environment from your waste, and of course, to make the most of the views offered!

Last piece of advice: take a good sweater and a windbreaker. Whatever the season: the Cliffs of Moher are strongly exposed to the wind, and it can be perfectly cold when the ocean conditions are difficult. To be visited preferably in clear weather for a better view…
If ever your visit takes place under the rain: the show will be grandiose, but the Cliffs will have a more serious and darker charm than usual!



Useful information

Address Address : follow the road to Liscannor (along the R478).
Location : (County Clare)

Coordonnées GPSGPS : 52.972037,-9.430421

Opening timeOpening time: every day, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Price(s)Price(s): 8€ per person
* target price may vary depending on the season and the policy of the establishment.

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