Cliffs of Moher: The iconic Atlantic edge of Ireland

From being well-known for its numerous legends to its breath-taking beauty, the Cliffs of Moher is one place you can’t miss while planning your trip to Ireland. Experience and get amazed at how sedimentary rock layers of sandstones, siltstone, mudstone and shale over the centuries have created such dramatic cliffs by walking along its edges. I am pretty sure if you are a Harry Potter fan then you might also notice these cliffs in “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” where Dumbledore apparates Harry Potter and himself and you will see them standing on a rock facing these huge cliffs.

Cliffs of Moher, one of the nature’s natural wonders, which is situated in the south-western edge of Ireland, rises up to the height of 214 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, spanning over 8 kilometers creating a rugged coastline. This is one of the most visited sites in Ireland by tourists just to witness the sheer beauty of its cliffs, which has been standing facing the great Atlantic for centuries. In 2015, Cliffs of Moher along with Burren were declared as part of UNESCO Global Geopark.

I kept my fingers crossed, keeping an eye on the dark, grey clouds which had engulfed the sky ,praying for it to clear as we travelled to County Clare, Ireland from Dublin to visit this majestic Cliffs. And not leaving me disappointed in this last leg of our trip in Ireland, the clouds cleared miraculously and the sun shone in the clear blue sky as we passed through beautiful fields and meadows, letting us fully enjoy the Irish countryside.

It takes about 3 hours to reach from Dublin and we booked our tour through  Wild Rover Tours for approx  €50 per adult. We were bit skeptical about travelling by bus and about taking group tours, but in the end we felt this was the right decision as the tour was fun-filled as our guide was cheerful and imparted tons of information on Irish history.

We reached Cliffs of Moher at around 12 in the noon and after disembarking from our bus we were given 90 mins to explore the place. We decided to tour the cliffs first and then visit the visitor center, so joined the other tourists who were walking uphill towards the north. There are two options as you can opt to walk either south, towards Hag’s Head or towards north where the  O’Brien’s tower  is located.  When we first sighted the cliff on our way and we went utterly speechless, stood there frozen just gaping at the majestic view.  Greedy enough for wanting to see more of this, we walked further towards the O’Brien’s tower which was built in 1835 by Sir Cornellius O’Brien, who was a local landlord and a Politician.

We decided to walk further up north from the tower in the narrow path along the cliff and the view of the rolling hills edged by the dramatic landscape of the verdure covered cliff which met blue ocean was simple fantastic. We found a spot perfect to sit down and enjoy the view and my muffin 😉 under the warm summer sun with cool breeze brushing our skin. The world looked so perfect from there, I wished I could spend more time here. After filling our heart and brain and of course the memory card with loads of images of the view we decided to walk towards the Visitor Center. We had a quick visit to the Cliff of Moher Visitor Center which houses audio-visual theatre, exhibition, a restaurant and retail areas.

Cliffs of Moher is a perfect place to plan a day trip from Dublin where you can spend whole day trekking along the cliffs or visit Burren National Park and Gallway.

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51 Comments

  1. January 5, 2017    

    Amazing captures..

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 5, 2017    

      Thank you:)

  2. January 5, 2017    

    The pictures are like calendars…so much green and blue. Refreshing and treat to the eyes.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 5, 2017    

      True, Ireland is a soothing treat to its visitors eyes!! 🙂

  3. January 5, 2017    

    Breathtaking views captured so well!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 5, 2017    

      Thank you so much Savita!! 🙂

  4. January 5, 2017    

    Beautiful captures.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 5, 2017    

      Thank you Sapna! 🙂

  5. January 5, 2017    

    Gorgeous pictures. And the cherry on the cake is your mention of Harry Potter. I want to go here now! Wish I could apparate right now.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Ha ha! true, the moment we got to know about Harry Porter we Googled to watch that scene! 😉

  6. January 6, 2017    

    Amazing place. So beautiful pics.
    Greetings

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Thanks Rupam! 🙂

  7. January 6, 2017    

    Absolutely breathtaking photographs!! That must have been quite an experience!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Thank you Shinjini! Yes, It was exhilarating! 🙂

  8. January 6, 2017    

    We visited Ireland a few years ago and absolutely loved our visit. It’s such a quaint, peacefully place. The Cliffs were incredible, although, it was severely windy the day we visited and all over our pictures feature our hair being whipped everywhere haha.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Ha ha! This part of Ireland especially near the ocean its quite windy all the time! That’s why I had to tie my hair to a ponytail! 😉

  9. January 6, 2017    

    Great pics. I love the look of the tower – reminds me of something out of a ‘King Arthur’ kind of a movie 😉 Hope am able to visit some day

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Thank you Vibha! 🙂

  10. January 7, 2017    

    Wow it looks amazing! You had some fine weather, the blue really pops

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      That’s true! We were lucky that the sky got cleared as we reached County Claire! 🙂

  11. January 9, 2017    

    I have seen this place number of times in pictures and movies but did not know it was in Ireland. Looks like a must visit place in Ireland. Must be peaceful and is definitely scenic.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Yes, don’t miss out on this if you are visiting Ireland!

  12. January 9, 2017    

    Did come here via tour or diy? How much did you spend here? I need rough estimate pls

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Hi Lee, We booked this tour through Wild Rover Tours for approx €50 per adult. Link to their website is attached in our post above 🙂

  13. January 9, 2017    

    Ireland is so stunning! That’s so cool that some of Harry Potter was filmed on those cliffs!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Yeah! 🙂 Cant wait to explore northern Ireland! 🙂

  14. January 9, 2017    

    Beautiful snaps. I particularly like the sight of the mist hanging over the water…awesome!!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Thank you Neha! 🙂

  15. January 9, 2017    

    The Cliffs of Moher look absolutely beautiful. I’d love to go there for a day trip and just sit and enjoy the view with the wind on my face! 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Yes it is Mike! It’s a perfect picnic spot during summer! 🙂

  16. January 9, 2017    

    Astonishing spot. So delightful pics…It’s such a curious, calmly put..

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Thank you 🙂

  17. January 9, 2017    

    Ireland… another jewel that wants to be discovered 🙂
    Breath-taking beauty is obviously quite a good description, your photos are really amazing and give a very good feeling and understanding of this peaceful and quite area. I can imagine to sit there for hours and just get inspired by this atmosphere there.
    Really a great inspiration!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Totally agree with you Hendrik! 🙂

  18. January 9, 2017    

    Just sit and admire the nature for hours, that is what I would do. Ireland is close, hopefully soon we will visit this amazing place. Was it very windy when you visited or it was ok?

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      HI Maja! It was k, not very windy!

  19. January 9, 2017    

    As always your photos are stunning. The views and nature here look incredible, this is why I love exploring further outside the cities of the world!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Thank you Katie!! 🙂

  20. January 10, 2017    

    This has just made me want to go to Ireland even more. If that was possible! l love the idea of taking a road trip but the group tour you went on also sounds pretty cool. I have a done a few lately and they are always a good laugh.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Yeah! Group tours are also sometimes fun! After exploring Ireland on our rented car we though group tour would be good to Cliffs of Moher! 🙂 And we were not disappointed!

  21. January 10, 2017    

    I love seeing photos of these cliffs. Even if I am a self confessed Harry Potter nerd. Some days it is easier to go via an organised bus tour.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Yeah, group tours are fun in its own way 🙂

  22. January 10, 2017    

    Ireland is so gorgeous. The cliffs of Moher really are inspiring. You had great sunny weather, when is the best time of year to visit?

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      The best time would be during summer, thats from June to August! 🙂

  23. January 10, 2017    

    This place looks so beautiful! What is the weather like..very windy? Which is the best month to visit?

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 11, 2017    

      Hi Sonia and Ankur! The day we visited it was okiesh, not very windy! Best time to visit Ireland is during summer, thats from June to August 🙂

  24. January 15, 2017    

    Ireland looks so untouched compared to UK! I love countrysides and when they have sea to add to its beauty – it is just Nature telling you this is where you fall in love with me. Loved the post 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 16, 2017    

      Thank you Vaisakhi! True, Ireland is truly untouched and is so charming..:)

  25. January 24, 2017    

    What gorgeous landscapes; really the kind that can make you speechless.
    Lovely images, all!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      January 29, 2017    

      Thank you Dee.

  26. January 25, 2017    

    Wonderful location. Especially the castle overlooking the cliff is the stuff of a photographer’s dreams.

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