The Cliffs of Moher’s elemental beauty has captivated visitors since the 19th century, making them one of Ireland’s first tourist attractions and one of the top things to see in Clare.
The tower was built on the cliffs in 1835 by the local landlord and MP Sir Cornelius O’Brien as an observation point for the English tourists who frequented the area at the time.
It is said to have initially served as a teahouse or folly; another version tells of Cornelius building the tower in order to impress the women he was courting!
Whatever the truth, from this vantage point on a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and the Twelve Bens of Connemara across Galway Bay.
Explore the views from O’Brien’s Tower