History

The human story and history of the Cliffs of Moher dates back at least two thousand years as the name derives from a 1st Century BC fort that stood where Moher Tower now stands. The old Irish word “Mothar” means ruined fort and it is this that gives the cliffs their name.

Mankind has told stories about these mighty cliffs and seen them form a part of myth and legends. We have also used them to our advantage as a place of lookout, quarrying, fishing, collecting eggs and feathers. In the last few hundred years the Cliffs of Moher have gained greater and greater importance as a tourism destination.