When visiting here, be sure to include a trip to the Cliffs of Moher Ireland. They really are one of the most spectacular places to see anywhere.
These cliffs in County Clare, Ireland stretch along the Atlantic coast for 8 kilometres.
Their highest point is just north of O’Brien’s Tower where they measure 214 metres in height.
Of all the cliffs in Ireland they are the most spectacular, we think, although they are not the highest. (The highest sea cliffs in europe can be found on achill Island.)
Now that you have seen the Aran Islands in the distance, go check them out! There is a ferry to Inis Oirr from Doolin Pier that takes only 30 minutes, getting to Inis Meain and Inishmore takes a little longer. The Aran Islands have fascinating historical sites. Some old traditions are still alive there.
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s biggest tourist attraction, and have been for a couple of hundred years. O’Brien built O’Briens Tower as a Viewing Point for tourists as far back as 1835!
I wonder why people feel so drawn towards cliff egdes...
The first thing I always notice when we arrive at Moher, is the fresh sea breeze. Even when we lived near the sea in Spiddal for some years, it was never as fresh or as strong as I feel it here. On a breezy day, you almost have to battle your way to get close to the cliff.
My hair will get entangled in the process, and my face covered in a very light film of sea salt. When I arrive at the flagstones that mark the edge there comes a wow moment...
I get this strange feeling, being pulled forward AND back at the same time. Of course I move back, because I am a sensible person...but I still feel that pull to move forward. What is it? There is a thrill with it that is hard to describe...
Does a part of me imagine what it would be like to fly away? To leave solid ground behind? To get away from all worries? I can never quite put words on it.
This exhilarating feeling subsides after a while giving way to a rare feeling of deep calm. Then I want to sit down and just be, taking in the scene, looking at the ocean below, at how small things are down there.
I want to listen to the sounds around me, the wind, the ocean, to wind torn pieces of other people’s conversations. In those moments, I find myself thinking: Life could be so simple. Why do I, or why do we, clogg up our lives with so much troublesome clutter? Create so many unnecessary problems for ourselves?
In the end of the day, life is just about enjoying it, and having a good time with your loved ones. Don’t you agree?
In the end I usually leave feeling refreshed, and with a clear mind, as if the sea breeze had a cleansing effect on my thoughts. The feeling will last a good while. It’s always worth the visit.
The best time of day for this type of contemplation, or maybe for a romantic moment, is around sunset on a clear day when the already stunning scene turns into pure magic.
Our last visit to the cliffs was by boat. Cruising at the foot of the cliffs was a wonderful experience, totally different to being up above. It gives you a tangible sense for what ‘200 metres high’ really means. Watch our video at the top of this page to see more.
The Cliffs of Moher themselves are in the proverbial middle of nowhere. The small village of Liscannor lies 5 kilometres to the South of the Cliffs, and Doolin is 7 kilometres to the North. Both places have plenty of accommodation for all budgets, Doolin has mostly B and B’s, four hostels, and one hotel, where Liscannor is awash with hotels.
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Many Thanks, Colm and Susanna
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