The Cliffs of Moher are stretched along 8 kilometers of the Atlantic coast in County Clare. Along with the limestone and grassland-filled Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher are part of an UNESCO Global Geopark due to the fascinating geological features in the area. The cliffs are a dramatic natural landscape not to be missed and steeped in Irish folklore.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most popular sights due to the incredible natural beauty that has been carefully preserved. On clear days, visitors can gaze across the water and see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, or the Twelve Bens. Even if the weather is misty or foggy, the atmosphere of this place is magical.
Exploring the Cliffs of Moher
Choose from several viewing platforms and take your time exploring the cliff trails as well as the surrounding areas. The main platform faces south toward Hag's Head, a natural rock formation that looks like a woman's head viewing the sea.
The North Platform is the highest, 214m above sea level, where you can get panoramic views of the cliffs on clear days. Climb to the top of O'Brien's Tower, where you'll find informational plaques along with stunning views. If you like to hike, you can walk about 5 kilometers to the home of traditional Irish music—the village of Doolin. This village is filled with cultural attractions and is a popular starting point for those wanting to visit the ancient sites on the Aran Islands.
The South Platform is the perfect place to spot the "parrots of the sea." A puffin colony lives on Goat Island, which is visible from the South Platform. The cliffs' status as a special protected area for seabirds ensures you'll see plenty of species of seabirds and wildlife, so packing binoculars is advisable. From the South Platform, you can walk 4 kilometers to Hag's Head and view the cliffs from there.
Stop in to the visitor center, which is set into the hillside toward the middle of the cliffs. This somewhat hidden location was chosen to avoid detracting from the majestic nature of the area. Check out the Cliffs Exhibition for interactive and informative exhibits explaining the history of the cliffs and local wildlife. Grab a bite at the Cliffs View Café for a break from walking around the cliffs, where you can relax without giving up the sights of the beautiful cliffs. Ask around to hear tales of mythical creatures and Irish legends all tied to the Cliffs of Moher.
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