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. To help pick the best time to visit that suits you, take a look at our monthly hours.

Cliffs of Moher Walk & Trail

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 while on the Cliffs of Moher walk & trail or Doolin cliff walk.
  • 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.

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.

Lonely Planet
X