The setting of Ryan’s Daughter and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movies, the Cliffs of Moher is one of the most breathtaking sights to visit when in Ireland. In 2021, the attraction was one of the 25 places with the most selfies on Instagram.
Upon arriving at the Cliffs of Moher, it’s easy to understand why so many people are amazed with what they see. Located in the far west of Ireland, in County Clare, this wonder of nature is one of the most visited tourist spots in the country. If you’ve ever researched about tourist trips to Ireland, you’ve certainly seen the pictures of the Cliffs of Moher as an attraction.
The Cliffs of Moher are listed by UNESCO and receive around one million tourists a year. The name Moher comes from an ancient tower that stood there named “Mothar”, which means “fort” in the local language.
With a length of 8 km, the cliff is 214 meters high. Their geological formation, with an abrupt stop, creates a unique feature of geological accident, technically called cliffs. It is estimated that they were formed 300 million years ago.
If you are planning to spend a few days in Ireland, then you need to book at least one day to see the place. Even more so if you are a nature lover.
A basic tip is to wear comfortable clothes and good hiking shoes, as you will walk a lot. Also, even on sunny days, it is good to take warm clothes, as the strong wind can take you by surprise.
Things to do at the Cliffs of Moher
The tourist attraction is located inside a tourist complex and to reach the closest observation point you will have to walk approximately 8 km.
In addition to the cliff, the place offers a structure with information about the fauna, flora and local geology. The complex also houses a souvenir shop and a café.
To see the Cliffs of Moher, you can opt for two observation paths. Walking to the right will bring you to the beautiful O’Brien Tower, built in 1835. The left path offers a view from a higher vantage point, so you have a more complete overview of the area. Both views are breathtaking.
Getting to the Cliffs of Moher
From Dublin, the drive takes a little over three hours. Some tour agencies offer the tour for around €65 from Dublin. If you are in a city closer to the location, such as Galway or Limerick, for example, the value may be lower.
This value may vary, if you want to take a two-day tour, passing through Galway, for example. Agencies usually charge 50% of the service value for children up to 12 years old.Currently, admission to the Cliffs of Moher tourist complex costs €8 Euros per person and can be purchased on the official website, where you can also find all the information you need to know the place and even take a virtual tour. It is recommended to book the visit in advance, as the place is very popular and you run the risk of not getting tickets on time. In addition, tickets purchased online are usually cheaper.