While spending most of our time exploring other countries, we sometimes forget to realise how beautiful our own backyard is. Normally for a visit back to Ireland, we would often spend our time chilling with family and friends or popping into Dublin for the day. But this time we decided to explore some of the Emerald Isle, by taking a day trip to the Cliffs Of Moher.
The Cliffs Of Moher are one of Ireland's most popular destinations, attracting up to one million tourists a year. They can be found on the west coast in County Clare, stretching 8 km along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. At it's highest point, this UNESCO World Heritage Site stands at a height of 214 meters (702 feet). On a clear day, you can see as far as the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.
Nesting along the Cliffs Of Moher, are over 30,000 birds, including the Pacific Puffin and Irelands endangered Chough.
What To Do At The Cliffs Of Moher
The Cliffs Of Moher really have some of the world's most fascinating views, and the first thing you will want to do is, by-pass the visitor centre and head straight towards the cliffs. At this point just stop and take in the sheer beauty of your surroundings. Once you gave yourself some time to soak up the scenery, it's time to make your way to the visitor centre.
Built into the hillside, the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre was designed to keep a natural look to the surrounding area. Inside this award winning eco-friendly centre, you will learn about the four elements of the cliff, through video audios and interactive exhibitions.
Or, you can skip it until the end like we did and take a walk along the edge of Ireland.
Along the path, you will notice safety barriers stopping people from getting too close to the edge. Further on these barriers end and this is where the walk becomes more thrilling. Here you can get really close to the cliff ledge for that perfect photo but do so at your own risk.
Huge winds have been known to have blown people over the side. Not to mention the cliff itself is made up of layers of Namurian sandstone, siltstone, and shale, and due to erosion can collapse from time to time.
To the north is the highest point of the cliffs, where sits a round stone tower called O'Brien's Tower. The tower is only a short walk from the visitor centre and costs 2€ to climb. From the top, you will have the best views in both directions.
To the south, you have Hags Head, which is the southernmost part of the Cliffs Of Moher. After a 6 km walk, you will reach an old stone watchtower, also known as the Moher Tower.
Getting To The Cliffs Of Moher
Getting to the Cliffs Of Moher from Dublin takes over three hours to drive. If there is more than one of you, we recommend hiring a car for the day. Prices usually start from around 35€ per day. Splitting the costs will save you money, plus giving you the freedom to stop where and whenever you like.
The other option is public transport, but this can take up to four and a half hours. The best option going by bus would be to book a tour, which actually works out cheaper. One of the most popular tour companies is Paddywaggon, costing 40€ return with stops at The Burren and the local village of Doolin.
From Galway to the Cliffs Of Moher takes around 90 minutes by car. We also suggest going here with a tour company if going by bus. The most popular tour company from Galway is Lally Tours, costing 30€ return.
Peak times of the year to visit are from May to September. We were here in March, and it wasn't too busy. Except for the ice cold winds, we had a beautiful clear sunny day.
Cost: Price of entry to the Cliffs of Moher and its visitor centre cost 6€ and for students 4.50€.
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