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Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, draws up to one million visitors each year. Rising over 700 feet from the Atlantic, like a spring green puzzle piece, the stubby outcrops stretch five miles along the Western coast of Ireland. The jewel of County Claire, this was our next stop after cruising around the “terribly beautiful” Connemara.

Cliffs of Moher

The route thus far:

  • Starting in Dublin– enjoying the historic pubs, people and pints (at the Guinness Storehouse)
  • Renting a standard car (glad my friend Audra could drive a stick!) and driving due West to Galway and beyond (Connemara- overnight in Galway)
  • Then continuing to drive on the wrong side of the car and road, due south to the Burren region of County Claire and the Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher Photo Tour

Without further ado, a photo tour of Moher- with a few informative tidbits sprinkled in:

On a clear day such as this one, we were able to see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. From the watchtower, you can also see the Twelve Pins and Maumturks mountain ranges in Connemara.

Cliffs of Moher

A precarious cliff-edge walkway was lined with giant tombstone-like slabs to ensure visitors don’t take a spill.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

The award winning Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience now offers audio guides, which you can download for free here.

Cliffs of Moher

Why Moher? The cliffs were named after a fort called Moher, which once stood on the southern most cliff point Hag’s Head.

Cliffs of Moher

Sir Cornelius O’Brien built O’Brien’s Tower in 1835 to impress the ladies. Why thank you, Sir Cornelius!

Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher

Did you know? One of the world’s strongest earthquakes this year was recorded by the new Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark seismometer. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan’s western province of Balochistan on Tuesday, September 24.


And where were we off to next? Perhaps the Burren House to enjoy an Irish coffee? How fitting! 

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10 Responses to Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher

  1. Expat Eye October 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

    Amazing photos!

    • Lindsay October 23, 2013 at 11:34 PM #

      Thanks, Linda! It was very photogenic scenery!

  2. Rusha Sams October 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM #

    Love these pictures. On the day we were scheduled to be there, the rain poured down on all of us. Soggy and cold, we still went out and admired the beauty knowing we really needed to go back on a clear day like yours to see it again. Hope I do!!!

    • Lindsay October 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM #

      I hope you get to, Rusha! So many people have shared similar stories of rain and wind! We were lucky that day!

  3. Emily McCarroll October 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM #


  4. Colleen Brynn October 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM #

    This is a definite must-visit in Ireland. I have some really great memories and photos from my visit there in 2005, dangling my feet over the edge. Daring… because so many people get blown off the cliffs by gusts of wind!

    • Lindsay October 23, 2013 at 11:11 PM #

      Colleen, I was wondering about that, if people ever fell off the cliff. It never occurred to me that it could get so windy that you could be blown off! Crazy!

  5. Christina Gmyr October 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM #

    Wow, you got some really amazing shots and it looks like you had gorgeous weather!! I loved the Cliffs of Moher but it was soo windy and cold when I went that I could only stand to be outside for about 15 minutes. I hope to go back during summertime!

    • Lindsay October 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM #

      Thanks, Christina! So many people have said the same thing- about it being very windy and cold at the cliffs! I guess we were lucky to have such great weather, especially since it rains so often in Ireland!


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