The Cliffs of Moher are a Signature Discovery Point at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The beauty of the Cliffs of Moher is that they offer us a totally multi-faceted experience of Ireland’s incredible west coast – as much a historical landmark as they are a geographical and geological wonder, conservation hotspot and area of immense natural richness and importance. Stretching for 8km along Ireland’s the west coast, the Cliffs of Moher will leave you awestruck, creating memories that will stay with you forever.

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.

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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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