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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
September 30, 2008
From journal Travelling the West Coast of Ireland
August 24, 2004
From journal Irish Cream
July 13, 2004
The Cliffs of Moher stretch for roughly 8km between Liscannor and Doolin on the west coast of Ireland, an easy drive from Galway, and a short distance from one of Ireland's most famous golf courses, Lahinch.
We were doing a large loop tour of Ireland, so although the day dawned drippy in Lisdoovarna, we had little choice - the Cliffs were on our itinerary for the day, and there would be no coming back - so it was on through the rain. We passed through the colorfully interesting Liscannor, a holiday town, and followed the stream of cars to the car park labelled for the Cliffs, arriving in the footsteps of tourists who have visited here for nearly 200 years.
The rain looked as if it were drying off, so we spent a few minutes nosing around the gift shop, which was surprisingly well stocked. Sadly, most major Irish attractions have cookie-cutter things to buy: the same pins, the same chocolates and liquors and shamrock-laden trinkets, and worse than that, it is not the quality I dreamed of finding when we booked our trip! Considering the major draw here was a bunch of rocks, there was an impressive range of things available, but after buying a few postcards, we trundled out into the mist and towards the cliffs.
Just in case you are foolish about the dangers that await you should you take the plunge off the 200+ meter (600+ feet) cliffs, a large sign proclaims "PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION BEYOND THIS POINT" in three languages. Well noted, we looked on with fascination at the folks who were brave enough to walk the edge in this windy weather, some even sitting at the edge, legs dangling over. I don't have a problem with heights, mind you, it's dangling myself freely over them that sometimes worries me!
There is a short uphill walk to O'Brien's Tower, which was built by Cornelius O'Brien in 1835 as an observation point for the crowds of visitors who were coming here, even in those days. Some locals say more colorfully that O'Brien built the tower to "impress the ladies," but I would think that if that were the case, he would have built it bigger. At any case, you follow a path lined with the lovely Moher flagstones, which have the fascinating imprints of fossilized eels on many of them, up to the Tower. There is a minor admission charge for the Tower, but my father said it wasn't really worth the extra cost to climb up inside.
From the top of the cliffs, you get a striking view along the coast. On a clear day you can see south to the Kerry peninsula, and on most days you can easily spot the Arun islands - Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer - across Galway Bay to the northwest. These cliffs take on the brunt of the Atlantic currents and winds - it is reputably "best" to come here at sunset, especially on a windy day. We had the windy day, and waves broke beautifully against the cliffs below us, but alas, the sun barely shone through the clouds. The overcast day made the dark-colored cliffs particularly brooding. One could almost picture Heathcliff, walking the cliff paths.
The Cliffs of Moher are heavily stratified, showing what geologists would consider good faulting and slumping in the Namurian sandstone shale and sandstone. Additionally, the Cliffs are a "Special Area of Conservation," being an important breeding ground for the visually striking razorbills. Vast colonies of birds and gulls make their homes here. There is concern over what impeding tourism development could mean to pollution in the area and how it could affect these breeding grounds. Although you will not see as many of these birds from the clifftops, there are local boat tours that highlight the Cliffs.
In all, I enjoyed our stop at the Cliffs of Insanity... err, the Cliffs of Moher, although our time spent there was short. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area!
From journal Ireland's Wild Natural Beauty
Stamford, New York
April 21, 2006
From journal County Clare, the Heart of Ireland!
January 1, 2006
From journal Green Hills and Rocky Shores
April 7, 2002
From journal Irish Blessings
May 14, 2012
From journal Day Trip To County Clare
Brighton, United Kingdom
November 28, 2001
From journal The Burren
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
September 30, 2003
West from Galway was Connemara, but first a quick stop at An Spidéal for a quick look around the craft village before continuing on to Oughterrard for a visit to the Aughnanure Castle, built in approximately 1500. We were in luck as they were having an open day with free tours of the castle. We went up narrow spiral stone staircases to the first level where they were showing paintings from local artists, then up to the next level where they were playing traditional Irish music.
We then drove on to Clifden, a beautiful village on the coast, before continuing to the cliffs of Moher. The Burren with its bare, vast, limestone areas, and not to be missed the 5,000-year-old tomb that was used by the stone dwellers to bury their dead.
From journal Ireland
warwick, Rhode Island
May 5, 2001
Stopped off at Alwee Caves, where you could go on an optional ($5) tour of really cool caves. Continued on to a town on the coast, where we had lunch (not included, but inexpensive). There were several resturants and shops there. Continued on to the cliffs of Moher. Absolutely breathtaking. Beautiful spot for pictures. We had about an hour to wander around. Then back to the bus. The bus stopped off at several other locations for pictures. Got back into Galway around 5pm, just in time to go to the pub!
From journal Galway Irelend