O’Brien’s Tower

O’Brien’s Tower stands on a headland at the Cliffs of Moher commanding views south towards Hags Head and north towards Doolin.

The tower was built in 1835 by local landlord Cornelius O’Brien as a viewing point for the tourists that even then were flocking to the Cliffs. On a clear day the view can extend as far as Loop Head at the southern tip of Clare and beyond to the mountains of Kerry. Look north and you might make out the Twelve Bens in Connemara (also known as the Twelve Pins) beyond Galway Bay. And unless visibility is very poor, you are almost sure to see the three Aran Islands to the west. 

The Aill Na Searrach wave view point is at O’Brien’s Tower.

O'Briens Tower

Aill Na Searrach is the place where the 40ft wave raises it’s head several times a year. Surfers can be seen surfing the wave from this point. 

The Tower also holds a Ranger Station, where information about the Cliffs and the typical weather patterns at the Cliffs can be found. The Tower is decorated with the spectacular images that can be obtained on a clear day. On the top floor there are information plaques pointing out the points of interest. The tower is open daily with access to the top via a spiral staircase for a modest fee.

Due to the popularity of the Cliffs of Moher as a tourist attraction the visitor centre and site can become crowded during the peak times of the day 11am – 4pm, during the months May to September, and at weekends school and bank holidays at other times.  The visitor centre has extended opening hours from March to October and it is advisable that if you are travelling to the Cliffs by car or public transport that you do so outside of these times for your maximum comfort and enjoyment of your visit. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre is open until 9pm in July and August.  See Visitor centre Opening Hours for the details for other months.