Emerging from the wild waters of the Atlantic Ocean like an impenetrable wall, the Cliffs of Moher are one of the most iconic sights in Ireland. Located in County Clare in the west of the country, at more than 200 meters high, these legendary cliffs stretch along the coast for almost 9 miles. Part of the scenic Wild Atlantic Way route, the jaw-dropping beauty of this natural spectacle makes visiting the Cliffs of Moher an unmissable highlight of any Ireland tour.
The views, which on a clear day can stretch as far as the Aran Isles and the mountain ranges of County Galway, are simply spectacular and draw over a million visitors every year. Whilst most visitors head directly to the visitor center to take in the sweeping views from the well-placed viewpoint, an 18-kilometer walking route along the cliff edge is another popular way to experience the Cliffs of Moher.
Furthermore, the surrounding area is filled with beautiful, characteristic landscapes of the Irish countryside, and dotted with charming villages where you can stop for a cosy pint at one of the local pubs. A trip to the Cliffs of Moher is the chance to appreciate both the beauty and power of nature, feel the brisk Atlantic wind and unearth an array of folk tales and legends that perfectly capture the magic of this dramatic landscape.
One of the best things to do at the Cliffs of Moher is to put on your walking shoes and set off on one of the cliff-top trails. Taking the time to soak up the views on the popular Doolin Cliff Walk is the perfect way to get the most out of your trip to the Cliffs of Moher. Although the total trail length is 18-kilometers, the shortest route of 6-kilometers is the ideal choice for those who wish to contemplate spectacular sea views and the windswept landscapes of County Clare.
Another of the most popular things to do at the Cliffs of Moher is to visit the charming village of Doolin. Once a quiet fishing village, today Doolin is one of the best places to visit nearby the famous cliffs and to experience authentic Irish hospitality. This village is famous for its traditional musical heritage, best experienced at the ‘trad music’ nights held in its cosy local pubs. Nearby, the ruins of 16th-century Doonagore Castle are also worth a visit.
If you travel to the Cliffs of Moher, you’ll likely visit its on-site Visitor center, built into a hillside to skillfully blend in with the surroundings. Here you can enjoy interactive exhibitions which cover the geology, history, flora and fauna of the cliffs. Finally, for a unique view of the Cliffs of Moher, why not take a ferry cruise along the coast? As well as the chance to take in the incredible height of these impenetrable cliffs, it’s also the best way to observe the abundant birdlife that nest on the rocky cliff face.