Moher at the Movies

The Cliffs of Moher have been used as the location for many movies over the years. The credit list is extensive.

  • The Yank – 2013 – Wet Ears Productions
  • Blind Pass – 2012 – Midnight Pass Productions
  • Burke & Hare – 2010 – Ealing Studios
  • Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince – 2009 – Warner Brothers Studios
  • Into the West -1992 – Parallel Films
  • Hear My Song – 1992 – Miramax
  • The Princess Bride – 1987 – MGM
  • The Mackintosh Man – 1973 – Warner Brothers
  • Ryans Daughter- 1970 – Warner Brothers
  • The Guns of Navarone – 1961 – Columbia Pictures

Movies FILMED at the Cliffs of Moher

Harry Potter Cave at the Cliffs of Moher

Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince

In Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince, Harry & Professor Dumbledore apparate on a rock off the shore from forbidding sea cliffs and enter a cave to find one of the Horcruxes in which Voldemort has hidden part of his soul. The footage was filmed on location at the Cliffs of Moher in September 2007 although the rock involved is actually Lemon Rock, almost 150km south west of the Cliffs of Moher. The sea cave was recreated in studio from exact measurements taken onsite. The international trailer for the movie features the sequences shot on location at the Cliffs.

Cliffs of Insanity Cliffs of Moher

Princess Bride

In the Princess Bride the Cliffs of Moher double as the Cliffs of Insanity which are climbed by Wesley in pursuit of Buttercup’s kidnappers and he fights a duel with the Spaniard at the summit. When this was filmed in the 1980s a stunt man was dangled on a harness over the first headland to the south of the visitor centre boundary for several days while the sequences were filmed.

Cliffs of Moher Makintosh Man

The Mackintosh Man

In the 1973 movie “The Mackintosh Man” starring Paul Newman a thrilling car chase though the Burren ends in a white Mercedes van plummeting over the edge of the Cliffs of Moher. Apparently a real van was used and sent over the cliff edge. The wreck of the car was soon carried out to sea by the tide. It is difficult to imagine such an action in these days when protection of the environment is a major focus.

Ryans Daughter at The Cliffs of Moher

Ryan’s Daughter

The opening sequence of Ryan’s Daughter sees Sarah Miles lose her hat over the edge of the Cliffs of Moher despite the remainder of the movie being shot almost entirely on the Dingle Peninsula.

Father Ted at the Cliffs of Moher

Other Movies, TV Shows and Music Videos

In addition to these Cliffs of Moher movies TV shows (Father Ted, the Riordans), music videos (Westlife – My Love) and advertisements (Guinness, AIB, Riverdance, Irish Mist) have all been filmed at the Cliffs of Moher. They feature on the album sleeve of U2’s The Unforgettable Fire and in countless news, travel & wildlife programmes aired around the world.