They say it’s Ireland’s most spectacular coastline and I see no reason to counter that. The cliffs of Moher are a stretch of 8 kilometer stone giants, rising 124 meters above the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t second-guess it as soon as you realize how big of a tourist attraction it really is – it’s Ireland’s most visited natural landmark – just go!
If you are visiting the West of Ireland, I bet the sheer limestone cliffs of Moher are on your bucket list and in case they aren’t, the tourism offices around County Clare will make sure that they are added. Nothing wrong with that because the cliffs are definitely worth a mention or two. Or three. These photos give you an idea, but nothing beats the live experience: climbing up the steps while the wind is playing with your hair, the sound of gushing waves crashing against the rocks and – most likely – dramatic rain clouds gathering above your head, making the stunning views all the more intense. And it goes on for about 8 kilometers (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast! It’s one of those sights that your eyes are drawn to, like iron to a magnet.
Yes, there will be tourists. But sometimes it’s good to have people around. In this case, it motivates you to keep on walking – the views are rewarding but the weather can be very discouraging! Also, the people walking on top of the cliffs give you an idea of the scale of things: they’re nothing but tiny little dots on top of the rocks.
One of the pathways near the visitor centre leads up to O’Brien’s Tower, a round stone tower, built in 1835 by an Irish politician and descendant of the last high king of ireland. The man himself never went to visit the watch tower after dark – he claimed it was haunted after one night he saw a white creature crawling up the sheer face of the cliff … Don’t worry though: the site is closed after sunset these days! The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O’Brien’s tower.
The Cliffs of Moher have been featured in music videos and movies a few times, including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Oh, and remember these modest hits?
Also, musical performance in the open air at the Cliffs of Moher has been a long standing tradition. Here’s an example:
Another song! Oh I met her on the cliffs Of Moher, a lovely girl in a lovely land …