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Cliffs of Moher: The 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 sandstone, 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 the Cliffs of Moher 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

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 National Park were declared as part of UNESCO Global Geopark.

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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 traveled to County Clare, Ireland from Dublin to visit these majestic Cliffs of Moher. 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 had booked our tour through  Wild Rover Tours for approx  €50 per adult. We were a bit skeptical about traveling 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.

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Cliffs of Moher

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 the 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 Cornelius O’Brien, who was a local landlord and a Politician.

Cliffs of Moher

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 simply 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 hearts and brains 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

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

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

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51 thoughts on “Cliffs of Moher: The Atlantic edge of Ireland

  1. 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.

    1. 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! 😉

  2. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

  7. 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 🙂

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