The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most popular natural attraction, with more than one million visitors each year. And there’s more than one reason for that.
Rising to 214 meters at the highest point, and stretching over eight kilometers, on the seaboard of county Clare, these impressive cliffs integrate, along with Burren, a UNESCO Global Geopark, due to their “outstanding geology” and “fascinating local culture”.
They’re also one of the “Signature Experiences” of the Wild Atlantic Way – a breathtaking 2,500 km driving route along the west coast of Ireland.
Formed about 320 million years ago during a time called the Upper Carboniferous, the Cliffs of Moher are older than Ireland itself, and have been featured in more movies than many Hollywood stars.
Finally, they’re home to Ireland’s largest mainland seabird nesting colony and a Special Protected Area under the EU Birds Directive.
Near its highest point, stands the O’Brien’s Tower, built in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien as a viewing point for tourists.
On a clear day, from the Cliffs of Moher you can enjoy amazing views over the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south, and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.
How to get there
Besides the Cliffs of Moher, I also visited Kinvara, the Wild Atlantic Coast, The Burren, Doolin, and the village of Bunratty, home of the famous Durty Nelly’s pub.
I paid 85 Euros, but you can book the same tour on their website from 40 Euros per person depending on the dates (including Cliffs of Moher entrance and a 100 per cent Irish professional guide).
Where to stay
I stayed at the amazing Ashling Hotel Dublin, conveniently located near Heuston Station, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol, Collins Barracks, St. James’s Gate and Guinness Storehouse, and only a 5 minute tram ride from Dublin city centre.
This luxury 4 star hotel offers great value for your money: spacious and beautifully decorated bedrooms, restaurant and bar, friendly and helpful staff, and, last but not least, a delicious breakfast buffet that I really loved.
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