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May 14, 2012
From journal Day Trip To County Clare
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
September 30, 2008
From journal Travelling the West Coast of Ireland
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
Victoria, British Columbia
February 27, 2001
Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. He took us through the barren
landscape of the Burren where we got to see limestone hills and unique
Our stop at the Cliffs of Moher was definitely a highlight. The cliffs
themselves were spectacular-1/2 mile deep and 5 miles long. The day
we visited they were covered in a light mist, which gave them a true
Irish feel. You could explore the O'Briens Tower Monument or choose how we did to walk
the paths along the cliffs. You could hear the pounding of the waves below
and watch the gulls circle above.
After a good length of time at the cliffs, it was off for lunch in Doolin.
Doolin is the founding place of traditional Irish music and just a tiny
little place. Other people in our tour ate at the pub but we chose to eat
the lunch we had brought out at the picnic tables.
After lunch, we had a few more stops. One was at Aillwee Cave, a 2 million
year old cave that once housed prehistoric bears. (Admission
price is not included in the tour). The caves, which run under the Burren,
are lined with stalagmites and boast a large waterfall inside.
On our way back towards Galway, we made a quick stop at Poulnabrone Portal Dolmen- an ancient stone tomb dating between 2000 - 2500 B.C.
I would definitely recommend a trip to the Cliffs of Moher and the
surrounding area. With a guide you will get the insight and knowledge
that helps you to appreciate the beauty of Ireland just a little bit more.
From journal Galway-The True Irish Spirit
Stamford, New York
April 21, 2006
From journal County Clare, the Heart of Ireland!
London, United Kingdom
December 7, 2004
Approaching the cliffs from the visitor car park, we branched right and headed up the "official" path towards the small stone tower at the top of the rise. The wind was really blowing, and we were glad for every coat and wind-cheater we could get our hands on. To our left, spectacular views of the cliffs opened up as we headed along the path. Small white seagulls clung to the black cliffs as the sea surged below. We could see inlets and coves at the base of the cliffs and wondered if any smugglers-or pirates, or cross-Atlantic swimmers-had ever been desperate enough to use them.
Carrying on up the hill, we went through a localised shower–where the wind was blowing water up the cliff and it was falling as rain–which this just added to the maritime feel of battling the elements. At the top of the hill, next to O’Brien’s Tower (open May to September), we looked out and watched the changing colours of the sea and the clouds. It was a wonderful sight, with the amazing cliffs providing a spectacular frame to the sea and the clouds.
Back down the hill, Tina and Andrea had had enough of the wind and headed for the gift shop near the car park. I branched left, ignored the dire warnings forbidding access, and joined the other strollers gently strolling along the soggy grass of the "unofficial" path. This path offered views back to where we had just been, with the tower at the top of the cliffs. It was totally safe, if a bit soggy and slippery, and also offered vistas back inland-a good reason to stay outside a bit longer.
Heading back towards the refuge of the gift shop, I passed other signs of tourist-industry life. A guitar and tin lay in a sheltered alcove–maybe the busker was also in the gift shop? I also passed a sign advertising a "talking telescope" that made me curious, but unfortunately it too was not there. Maybe it was also resting in the gift shop and waiting for summer. The gift shop itself was full of a very impressive array of souvenirs. Fortunately, none of them were memorable enough to tempt Tina. There is also a pleasant tea room on the site.
The cliffs are on the R478m and it took us about 1 hour to get there from Shannon airport. Entrance to the area is free, but it costs 4€ to park in the car park. There were two tour buses in the car park when we arrived.
From journal County Clare–superb scenery and cozy pubs
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
Cary, North Carolina
October 26, 2002
The cliffs plummet into the Atlantic Ocean at a height of nearly 700 feet. They span a 4-mile distance, and the principal cliffs have names. Hag's Head, Stooken, Ailleensharragh and Knockardakin -- the highest. On top of the highest cliff sits O'Brien's Tower, constructed in 1835 by Cornelius (Corney) O'Brien as an observation tower for tourists. SHould you like to pay a small entrance fee, you can go up in the tower for a different vantage point. We decided that we could get the full effect from the groungd.
Though we didn't see any birds that day, it's supposedly a great place to bird watch. The second largest inland Irish colonies of Puffins exists there (I would've loved to have seen a real-live Puffin).
Take care, as it's pretty windy -- I had to hold onto my hat! Also be careful not to get to close to the edge, the wind could knock you right off, and I'm not kidding. We got a little brave and managed to get nearer to the edge than most, but I was more chicken then some, who stood on the edge and looked right over.
From journal Scenic County Clare , Ireland
Hasselt, Limburg, Belgium
August 30, 2000
From journal Eireann Island
May 5, 2008
From journal First Trip to Europe - Ireland