Location of the Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are located on the west coast of Ireland close to Liscannor village in Co. Clare. The closest airport is Shannon International Airport approximately 50 minutes by road. Shannon Airport has direct connections from USA and mainland Europe serving the West Coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. Airlines serving Shannon Airport include Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Air Transat.
Latitude: 52.9714578 Longitude: -9.4247540
The Cliffs of Moher are easily accessed by road from Galway (1.5 hours), Ennis (40 minutes), Limerick (1.5 hours) and from the ferry which sails from Tarbert in Kerry to Killimer in Clare (45 minutes) Dublin is approximately 4 hours via Limerick.
Allow a minimum of 2 hours for a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. Many visitors spend half a day and even return the next day or another day during their holiday vacation. It is recommended to stay overnight in the local towns and villages in Co. Clare to make the most of your visit and enjoy the local culture and traditional Irish music.
Due to the popularity of the Cliffs of Moher as a tourist attraction, the months of July and August can become quite crowded during the peak times of the day, 11am- 4pm. It is advisable if you are travelling to the Cliffs by car that you do so outside of these times for your maximum comfort and enjoyment of the Cliffs. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre is open from 8am until 9pm May to August. See Visitor Centre opening hours.
Directions from Limerick
Take the N18/M18 towards Ennis. From the M18 take the N85 exit marked Ennis/Ennistymon. (Junction 12)
Follow signs for Ennistymon on the N85 going through the village of Inagh. When you reach Ennistymon you will come to a sharp left turn onto the N67 (sign posted Lahinch). It is quite a tight bend so go slowly.
When you reach Lahinch take a right turn onto the R478 (sign posted Cliffs of Moher) which is just after the Santa Maria Hotel – a large white building on the right hand side of the road.
Continue on this road for approximately 4km until you reach the village of Liscannor.
Go through the village and follow the R478 road past the petrol station.
The road twists and turns a little but don’t worry you aren’t lost. You will be driving up a steep hill and will pass two pubs on the left hand side of the road: Murphy’s and Considine’s.
Saint Brigid’s Well is right beside Murphy’s pub; it is well worth a look.
You will be following the main road up to the left. You are almost there. Please drive slowly and take care of walkers and cyclists on the walk.
The entrance to the carpark is on the right hand side of the road a little way after the coach entrance on the left. Drive in and up to one of the ticket booths at which you can purchase your tickets.
Directions from Galway
Leave Galway in the direction of Limerick (N18):
Continue to the village Kilcolgan.
In Kilcolgan take a right onto the N67 sign posted Ballyvaughan & Cliffs of Moher. (The turn is just after Mother Hubbard’s restaurant and a petrol station).
Go through the village of Kinvara and on towards Ballyvaughan along the N67.
Journey time from Galway 1 hour 45 minutes.
In Ballyvaughan you have two options:
Option 1: Take the coast road (R477). This is a very scenic route which gives lots of views of the Burren and Galway Bay. However this adds approximately 20 minutes to your journey time. Follow the R477 through Fanore and join the R459 and then the R478 near Doolin. Stay on the R478 till you reach the Cliffs of Moher.
Option 2: Take the N67 towards Lisdoonvarna which takes you up Corkscrew Hill a winding but scenic road that offers wonderful views over the Burren. You will reach the town of Lisdoonvarna and pass through it remaining on the N67. Turn right onto the R478 signposted for the Cliffs of Moher. The road will follow the coastline with the village of Doolin below you and often the Aran Islands visible on your right.
The R478 climbs a steep hill before curving sharply to the right.
Please drive slowly and take care of walkers and cyclists on the walk.
The entrance to the carpark is on the left hand side of the road. Drive in and up to one of the ticket booths at which you can purchase your tickets.
Go to our Getting Here page for more information on where to park etc.
Journey time from Ballyvaughan 45 minutes, from Lisdoonvarna approx 25 minutes.
There are more ways of using sustainable transport to get to the Cliffs of Moher. Our Getting Here page has info on Public Transport, Bicycle and Walking.