Beyond the grounds of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience you can now explore a new 20km coastal walking trail in Clare which will bring you along one of the most outstanding landscapes of Ireland. From LIscannor and Hags Head in the south, along by the majestic Cliffs of Moher and to Doolin in the North, with views over Aill Na Searrach, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. The trail follows the line of the cliffs and passes through the grounds of the visitor centre.
The trail starts on road from Liscannor and Doolin villages, and on protected paths at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, but changes suddenly to a remote, challenging and demanding trail with no barriers, handrails or seaward fencing. Trail features include an exposed cliff-top path, steep ascents and descents, and narrow and/or steep flagstone steps.
The trail is suitable only for experienced walkers with a reasonable fitness level and should not be undertaken in poor weather conditions. Good walking footwear and clothing is essential. It is not recommended for children under 12 and at all times children should well supervised. The trail is not suitable for bicycles and dogs are forbidden on the trail.
Please note that outside of the grounds of the visitor centre the trail is not patrolled and visitors to the centre should be aware that they when they enter the trail they are leaving the managed site and entering a trail suitable only for experienced walkers. Do not assume that because you may see other walkers approaching the edge it is safe to do so.
Cliff Path Safety Code
- Keep to the official path, away from cliff edges and overhangs.
- Always supervise children, especially near cliff edges.
- Walking surfaces can vary considerably with the weather. Always wear strong footwear with a good grip and ankle support.
- Wear or carry warm and waterproof clothing, SPF/sunscreen, fluid, snack and mobile phone.
- Be aware that weather conditions can change suddenly. Strong onshore wind can suddenly change to off-shore as the wind eddies on the higher sections of the cliff. Heavy fog is common and results in extremely poor visibility.
- Apply the principles of Leave No Trace by being well prepared for your walk, following trail notices, taking home your rubbish and leaving no impact on the environment.
The Cliffs Path Safety Code is designed for your safety and should be followed as all times.
The walking trail has been developed with kind assistance of local landowners and organisations. Please respect the landowners, their fencing and their livestock by parking only in designated areas and staying on the official trail. It is understood that if people enter private lands they do so by permission and with the consent of the landowners, and no matter how often they enter, or in what numbers, they do not do so by right.
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre to Hags Head5km 1.5 hours – 2hours
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre to Moher Sports Filed6km 2 hours
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre to Liscannor village12km 3.5 hours
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre to Doolin 8km 2.5 hours – 3hours
Parking is available at the trailhead locations in Liscannor village and at Doolin Community Centre. Parking is also available on the Hags Head side at Moher Football Field and at Pat Nagle’s farmyard parking. Unlimited duration parking onsite is also included in the admission charges at the visitor centre.
Why not take a guided walk with someone who really knows the trail inside out. Pat Sweeney was one of the driving forces behind the development of this trail which passes through his land and he will take you on a walk of a lifetime from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher. Pat’s knowledge of trail will add to your enjoyment; he is an expert on local history and folklore and is passionate about the preservation of a rural lifestyle enjoyed by five generations of his family who have farmed in this area.
Pat’s walk begins at 10am daily from O’Connor’s pub in Fishers treet in Doolin. Contact Pat to book your place on +353 (0)86 8229913. Guests at Doonagore Farmhouse B&B have free guided walks.
The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail passes through the property of over 30 landowners who have provided their kind permission for its development. A number of the landowners involved in the walk offer Bed & Breakfast.
Atlantic View B&B – Mary & Donal White offer fantastic seaviews from every room of their home on near St Brigids Well on the Cliffs of Moher Road www.accommodation-cliffs-of-moher.com
Doonagore Farmhouse – Mary & Pat Sweeney extend a warm Irish welcome to their three generation family run farmhouse overlooking Doonagore Castle www.doolin-accommodation.com
Emohruo Farmhouse B&B – John & Margaret Carey hope to make your stay in the area a memorable one at their tastefully decorated farmhouse www.doolinholidays.com
Moher Lodge – Mary & Patsy Considine will offer you a warm welcome at their charming country residence less than 1.5km from the visitor centre www.cliffsofmoher-ireland.com
The Ramblers Rest – Ann Flanagan’s family run bed & breakfast is set high above Doolin just one mile past the visitor centre www.doolinaccommodation.info
Download a mapcard of the Coastal Walk below.