The Cliffs of Moher are located about 90 minutes south of Galway on Ireland’s west coast in County Clare. They’re part of a scenic driving route called the Wild Atlantic Way.
A visitor’s center was built into the hillside so people can experience the site without intrusive buildings wrecking the view, and a scenic walking path branches out in two directions across the top.
The cliffs range in height from 118 meters to 214 meters tall, and are home to over 30,000 species of birds, including colonies of Atlantic Puffin that usually make an appearance in late March. Unfortunately we were not lucky enough to see any Puffins on our visit.
There are safety barriers to keep you from getting too close to the edge of the cliffs, but only up to a point. If you keep walking, eventually the barriers end. There’s often strong winds at the Cliffs of Moher, with freak gusts reportedly blowing people off the edge of the cliffs.
The Namurian shale & sandstone ledges that make up the cliffs will sometimes crumble without warning due to erosion, creating another danger. You can even see pieces of the cliff that have recently broken off.
To the north, O’Brien’s Tower marks the highest point of the cliffs. It’s just a short walk away from the visitor’s center and offers the best views in both directions. You can pay an additional €2 to climb the tower.
There are two villages near the Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor (6 km south) and Doolin (7 km north). Both are small, but you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bed & breakfasts, and pubs with live music to relax in after a day of exploring.