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Endless things to do at the Cliffs!

Once you’re at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, there are so many different things to do and endless ways to experience the different aspects of this amazing place. Planning ahead will help you get the most out of your time here.

Viewing Platforms

You can view the Cliffs from 3 primary viewing platforms. Each presents you with a different, beautiful vista and together they offer you a truly breathtaking, full 360 degree experience.

View 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 marvellous 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.

The visitor centre is entirely wheelchair accessible and disabled access to the cliffs can be accessed from three different exits on to 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.

 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 wheelchair access. Visitors may wish to use these paths with assistance at their own risk.

Our Lifts of Moher buggy is available to disabled and elderly visitors to give more access to areas the site. This is subject to availability.

Walk on the Wild Side

For a beautifully bracing and healthy cliff walk surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery nature has to offer – you’ve come to the right place. There are over 600 meters of pathways and viewing platforms along the cliff.

Birders Bliss

Bird watching doesn’t get more amazing than at the cliffs – home to Ireland’s largest mainland seabird nesting colony, with 20 species of nesting birds, including 9 species of breeding seabirds, and up to 30,000 breeding pairs. The 200 hectares area was designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for Birds under the EU Birds Directive in 1986 and as a refuge for fauna in 1988. Included in this area are cliff-top maritime grassland and heath, and a 200 metre zone of open water to protect part of the birds’ feeding area.

Find out more about the Cliffs SPA

Find out more on birds you can see at the Cliffs

Pictures & Movies

Making Movies

Tourists who wish to shoot video footage or photography for private use are more than welcome to do so. The Cliffs of Moher site is also very popular for film & photography crews and we regularly have visiting crews from Ireland and abroad to film on site. If you would like to film, record or shoot commercially at the Cliffs, you will need to make arrangements in advance. Please email bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie

Perfect Pictures

Capturing the ruggedly wild beauty of the Cliffs is part of the Moher experience – and whether you visit us in bright sunshine with the bluest of skies, or on a wet and windy day – every picture captures the unique beauty of the area. 

Refresh, Refuel, Enjoy!

Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a tasty snack, reviving drink or a spot of souvenir shopping.

Eat & Drink

  • Picnic tables and stone bench seating.
  • Puffins Nest Coffee Shop – offering a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, homemade soup, cakes and more.
  • Cliffs View Café – offering delicious and diverse tastes of County Clare.
  • For more information please email events@brambles.ie or call +353 (0) 657080908.

Facilities

  • Toilets available on the ground floor,  first floor of the visitor centre and at the coach park building, accessible toilets on each level of the Visitor Centre.
  • An ATM/Cash Machine inside the gift shop. (Closes one hour before the shop closes). The nearest ATM outside the centre is in Lahinch.
  • Baggage and storage facility in the gift shop.
  • Visitor information with self-service iPads, maps, brochures and other information in the main lobby area.
  • A tourist information desk inside the gift shop – at hand to assist with your queries and travel bookings.
  • Fully-equipped first aid room (Nicholas’ Room) with trained first aiders at hand.
  • Wheelchairs on loan during your visit.
  • A wide selection of wonderful shops:
    • Main Gift Shop inside the centre – see attached pdf for product details & how to order Shannon Heritage Products
    • Art Dekko – t-shirts & more
    • Moher Music Shop
    • Clifftops – clothing and locally-designed knitwear
    • Gifts of Moher
    • O’Dalaigh Jewellers
    • Nua local knitwear

Cliffs of Moher Facts

Where are the Cliffs of Moher?

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.

Why the Name?

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

How Long?

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

How High?

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

Cliffs

What Can I see From the Top of the Cliffs?

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.

Cliffs of Moher Fun Facts

The Cliffs of Moher is a hotspot for a wide range of flora and fauna with as much 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.

One of Ireland’s most famous sights, the Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone.

With a due-west exposure, sunset is the best time to visit.

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