Part of the beauty of the Cliffs of Moher is that they are the gateway to many more places of interest, beauty, wonder and historical importance in Clare, so be sure to leave enough time to explore. The people of Clare are only too happy to open their doors and hearts to you.
We would like to advise you of the following:
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience owned by Clare County Council manages 800m of safe pathways and viewing platforms. The area beyond the site is called the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail.
A recent inspection of the Cliffs of Moher Coastal trail revealed several high-risk areas along the coastal trail.
There are significant active landslide systems along the trail and it is likely that the trail could destabilise at some locations.
For the moment there is full unrestricted access to the cliff edge for the public. We strongly advise visitors to not undertake the coastal trail due to the following:
- The cliff edge is unstable beyond the confines of the site and there is a constant risk of rockfalls and landslides.
- There is an active & real danger to the safety of visitors if they choose to leave the paved site and begin using the coastal trail. Areas which are perilous can increase and expand over time and danger areas are not always signposted.
- Visitors should also be aware that weather conditions can change suddenly. High wind speeds & stormy weather occur frequently at the Cliffs and this can increase risk of an incident occurring.
- Heavy fog is common and results in extremely poor visibility which makes navigating the trail very difficult.
- We strongly advise visitors to stay within the confines of the official Cliffs of Moher site as your safety could be at serious risk if you use the coastal trail. If against all advice you undertake the walk please use the inner pathway and stay well back from the edge.
We would like to remind you that the coastal trail is unsuitable for children and dogs. Fatalities have and can occur when visitors do not heed these warnings.
Access to emergency services is challenging and casualties on the trail must wait for help.
New signage will be erected at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience boundaries at the start of the coastal trail. We hope this will better inform visitors of the dangers of walking the trail, especially close to the Cliff edge.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation and please ensure your own safety by staying within the official Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience site.
Hit the Beach!
Lahinch, White Strand, Spanish Point and Fanore are all Blue Flag beaches offering a wide range of beach activities and water sports from paddle-boarding and kayaking to diving. Or get into surfing at Lahinch (there are beach breaks for beginners and reef breaks for the more advanced). Many of the local shops hire surfing equipment.
Check the surf on www.magicseaweed.com
Did You Know?
Marine explorer Jacques Cousteau referred to the waters off the coast of Clare as “some of the best cold water diving in the world”.
Enjoy internationally-renowned links and parkland courses including the Old Course and Castle Course at Lahinch, the Greg Norman designed links course at Doonbeg, the rolling greens of Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club, the unspoilt views of East Clare Golf Club in Bodyke plus courses at Ennis, Kilkee, Kilrush, Shannon, Spanish Point and Woodstock
Nothing symbolises the wonder of nature and the freedom of the open seas like dolphins – so come meet some of the locals! Dolphin-watching cruises are available at Carrigaholt while a cruise along the base of the Cliffs of Moher is also an excellent way to view seabirds during the bird nesting. A large pod of bottlenose dolphins can also be found at Kilrush and the Shannon Estuary.
Choose one of many incredible boat trips for a different perspective on Clare:
Cliffs of Moher cruises from Doolin and Liscannor
Lake cruises from Killaloe
Ferry crossings to the Aran Islands (from Killimer to Tarbert and from Ballyvaughan to Galway)
Dolphin watching cruise from Carrigaholt and Kilrush
Boat hire at many lakes and docks.
Moher Hill Open Farm
Irish and exotic farm animals and birds, fun for all the family.
See the largest free hanging stalactite in the northern hemisphere.
Swimming pool, gym, movie theatre and more.
Burren Centre, Kilfenora
Learn more about the Burren in one of Ireland’s first interpretive centres.
Caherconnell Stone Fort and Visitor Centre
A visit to a prehistoric fort and sheepdog demonstration.
Poulnabrone Portal Tomb *
Iconic portal tomb dating from before the Pyramids of Giza.
Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan
Visit the caves where bears used to hibernate and enjoy the birds of prey show.
Michael Cusack Centre, Carran
Birthplace of the founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Burren Perfumery, Carran *
Learn about the wonderful flora of the Burren and visit Ireland’s oldest working perfumery.
Cahercommaun Fort *
Beautifully situated on a Burren hilltop, overlooking a wooded valley.
* Entry is free of charge.
Burren National Park *
A 15 Hectare park designated for conservation and public access.
Corcomroe Cisterician Abbey, Bellharbour *
Early 13th century abbey and out buildings.
Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, Corofin
Research your roots and your heritage.
Dysert O’Dea Castle
A typical 15th Century Irish tower house off the R476.
Slieve Carran Nature Reserve *
A rich array of flora and fauna as well as an old oratory, a holy well and a fulacht fia.
East Clare Heritage Centre, Tuamgraney
Based in the oldest church in Ireland – still in continuous use.
Loop Head Lighthouse
Take a guided tour to the top of the lighthouse.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Visit the medieval castle and the folk park containing many traditional Irish buildings.
Vandeleur Walled Gardens, Kilrush
Beautifully redesigned walled gardens with mazes, water features, Victorian style greenhouses and unusual plants.
* Entry is free of charge.
West Clare Railway, Moyasta
All aboard the railway made immortal by songwriter Percy French.
Clare Museum, Ennis *
The Riches of Clare permanent exhibition tells the history of the county over 6,000 years.
Founded in the 14th century with noteworthy cloisters.
Walk the footsteps of the Franciscans in this medieval building dating back to the 13th Century.
Award winning prehistoric park interpreting early and pre-Christian life in Ireland.
Knappogue Castle and Gardens
15th Century castle, seat of the McNamara Clan.
Iniscealtra (Holy Island), Lough Derg
Visit the fine round tower and various ecclesiastic monuments on the island.
Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis
Community performance space and art gallery – a forum for Irish musicians and artists.
Brian Boru Heritage Centre, Killaloe
Dedicated to the first High King of Ireland who was born in Killaloe.
Scattery Island, Kilrush
Located in the Shannon estuary, the island has a rich and unusual ecclesiastic history.
* Entry is free of charge.
Clare is proud to be home to a vast choice of quality accommodation options – all providing convenient access to the Cliffs of Moher. From simple and homely b & b’s to luxury 5 star hotels – you will find so many warm Irish welcomes along the Wild Atlantic Way. For accommodation suggestions visit www.clare.ie and www.discoverireland.ie.
Accommodation in the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark area is also provided by the Burren Ecotourism Network