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The Cliffs of Moher are considered a natural wonder of the world and one of Ireland’s most visited tourist sites. These stunning cliffs give you fabulous views of the Irish Coast, the Atlantic Ocean, and (on a clear day) the Aran Islands.
You can view the cliffs by land, air, or sea. I chose the more traditional land viewing option, though I can only imagine the beauty witnessed when visiting this historic natural landmark by sea or air. If you have the opportunity, don’t pass it up! I took an organized bus trip, but there are several other ways to get there.
On site, there is an unobtrusive visitor center built into the cliffs where you can learn about the natural wonderland. The center provides video of aerial views of the site as well as access to underwater videos of the cliffs. You can also learn about the flora and fauna of the cliffs, which also happen to be a great spot for bird watching with over 20 different species of birds.
You can walk along a path on the cliffs to take in their grand size and stunning views of the sea and the Emerald Isle. In 1835, a lookout tower was built on the cliffs to provide another viewing point from the cliffs. For an additional 2 Euros you can climb to the top platform of the tower.
July & August tend to be the busiest months for tourism. I visited the site in July, and while it wasn’t overly crowded, it was quite chilly! Bundle Up!
SAFETY: Be mindful of guidelines. People can be blown off the cliff, and their fate is often dismal. The harsh conditions off the coast of Ireland can make rescue efforts challenging. The cliffs are also constantly eroding, so the views are best seen from the designated paths and viewing points.
Not traveling anytime soon? You can catch a glimpse of these breathtaking views in these films:
- Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince
- The Princess Bride
- Leap Year
- Ryan’s Daughter
- The Yank
- And many more…