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About the Cliffs of Moher

One of Ireland’s favourite visitor experiences, the Cliffs of Moher tower over the rugged west Clare coast. Walk the safe, paved pathways and view the famous Cliffs on Europe’s western frontier and enjoy the spectacular vistas over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands. Their natural beauty has inspired artists, musicians, and poets for generations, as well as absorbing scientists and geologists, drawn by the unique landscape in which they sit. The Cliffs of Moher, the most famous cliffs in Ireland, will leave you awestruck, creating memories that will stay with you forever. The Cliffs of Moher host major colonies of nesting sea birds and are one of the country’s most important bird-breeding sites. The area has been designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) for Birds.
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Viewing the Cliffs

From the beautiful south out to Hag’s Head – The Main Platform
From this main viewing area, you can see the south cliffs and also look out towards the mighty Hag’s Head. Sheer splendour!
From beautiful bay to peaceful isles – The North Platform
Located near the highest point of the Cliffs, Knockardakin stands at 214m or 700 feet above sea level – this platform is also located close to O’Brien’s Tower and from here you have marvelous views, north, south, east and west from an elevated point.

From a bird paradise to mighty sea stack – The South Platform
From the South Platform, you’re perfectly placed to see the puffin colony that makes its home on Goat Island. You may also see many other seabirds as well as the sea stack below O’Brien’s Tower. From here, you can walk 4km to Hags Head and its own incredible views of the Cliffs.


Look out from O’Brien’s Tower

O’Brien’s Tower stands on a headland at the Cliffs of Moher offering up magnificent views south towards Hags Head and north towards Doolin. The Tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, the first High King of Ireland. A local landowner, Cornelius was ahead of his time and believed that the development of tourism would benefit the local economy and help bring local people out of poverty.

The tower was used as an observation tower for the hundreds of visitors who even then came to the Cliffs each year to see the breathtaking views. On a clear day, you can see across to the Aran Islands: Inis Oírr, Inis Méain and Inis Mór.  Looking to the left you capture the whole of Liscannor Bay with Lahinch in the distance and Liscannor village in the foreground.  Looking to the right you are met with beautiful views of Galway Bay.

Accessibility at the Cliffs

Designated disabled parking spaces are provided in the main car park (8 spaces) and in the coach parking area (5 spaces) beside the visitor centre.

Wheelchairs are available for use from different areas on site:

  • The Car park office.
  • The Visitor Centre front desk (inside the building).

Hearing aid amplifiers (Induction Loops) are in place at the Front Desk, the Ledge Theatre, the Help Desk area and the Gift Shop.


Accessibility at the Cliffs

The visitor centre is entirely wheelchair accessible and disabled access to the cliffs can be accessed from three different exits onto pathways provided. Counter heights at the Front Desk have been staggered to allow ease of access for wheelchair users.

Different tactile surfaces on the floor have been provided at the start and end of ramps, at the start of stairwells and at platforms on the ramp where two routes exist.

While the natural terrain makes it difficult to provide full independent access to all areas outdoors, specifically elevated views at the Hags Head side and O’Brien’s Tower and the new cliffs edge works have sought to provide a reasonable level of access to the outdoor experience. Access is readily available from both the ground and first floor levels of the building as well as from the main concourse to the picnic area and cliff edge.

Lifts of Moher

Accessibility at the Cliffs

A hard-surfaced wheeled access path is provided to these areas but the path has sections where gradients imposed by the natural gradient of the terrain exceed the levels required for

Our Lifts of Moher buggy is available to disabled and elderly visitors to give more access to areas of the site. This is subject to availability. wheelchair access. Visitors may wish to use these paths with assistance at their own risk.

If you want to know where are the Cliffs of Moher, they are located on the west coast of Ireland (along Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way), close to Liscannor village in County Clare.

The Cliffs take their name from a ruined promontory fort ‘Mothar’ – which was demolished during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s, to make room for a signal tower at Hag’s Head. The word ‘Mothar’in old Gaelic means ‘the ruin of a fort’.

The Cliffs stretch for 8km (5 miles) as the crow flies.

The Cliffs reach 214m (702 feet) in height at their highest point.

On a clear day the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins, and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara. Looking south you can view the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.

The Cliffs of Moher is a hotspot for a wide range of flora and fauna with as many as 20 different species of birds to be seen.

The cliffs have been featured in many movies including Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, Leap Year, and many more.

There is a long list of tales associated with the Cliffs in Irish folklore for those interested in the subject.