Cliffs of Moher Republic of Ireland

Cliffs of Moher - Republic of Ireland

Cliffs of Moher Republic of Ireland
Beautiful Cliffs of Moher 
- Republic of Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s #1 natural attraction and one of the most visited places in Ireland. When you visit, you will see scores of tour buses and hundreds of cars (over 1 million visitors every year).

When we first set eyes on the Cliffs of Moher, we had a feeling of ‘what is the fuse all about’ because the first sighting from the visitor center is at a somewhat unimpressive angle. You must walk up the steps to the right and/or make the short climb to the left to fully appreciate this wonderful place. We did both...

Cliffs of Moher Republic of Ireland
Cliffs of Moher 
from Right of Visitor's Centre
First, taking the stairs to the right unveiled the famous sight in a much better way (see photo). For the best view, pay the small fee and climb up O’Brien’s Tower (built in 1835) at the top (about 15 minute walk). The entirely vertical cliffs of black limestone are over 700 feet high towering over the white ocean waves below... a beautiful sight.

Map Location of Cliffs of Moher Republic of Ireland
Map Location of Cliffs of Moher
Then return down the stairs and continue up the path to the left for a completely different and, in our opinion, better view of the Cliffs of Moher (see photo above). Go a bit further than the rock wall to the South Platform for the best views (about 10-15 minute walk). Because we arrived in the afternoon (like many who visit), the sun was shining better from this vantage point and it can be magnificent. Here there is a smaller rock formation away from the cliffs called the Stack.

Cliffs of Moher Sunset Republic of Ireland
Cliff of Moher at Sunset
Enjoy the Cliffs of Moher for what they are without the hype – one of Ireland’s most beautiful places. Take your photos but also put your camera away and just take in the Cliffs of Moher. Birds that nest in the rock fly around, wave crash below, and Ireland’s green flowered landscape wraps around the black rock to make up a very enjoyable experience we have never seen before.

Birds Cliffs of Moher Republic of Ireland
Birds of Cliffs of Moher 
- Republic of Ireland
Puffin bird
Some background: The Cliffs of Moher were formed about 320 million years ago when this area was much warmer and located at the mouth of a river. The river brought down sand that formed the rock formations we see today. The Cliffs of Moher are home to about 40,000 birds (29 different species) including the famous Puffins (see photos).

Stores Visitor's Centre Cliffs of Moher Republic of Ireland
Stores at Visitor's Centre 
- Cliffs of Moher
Travel tips on visiting the Cliffs of Moher: There is a large parking lot where they charge per person to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Interestingly, sit into the hillside, there is a Visitor’s Centre to also enjoy. The exhibits are somewhat interesting and won’t take a lot of time to go through them. There is also a café and a somewhat interesting gift shop and other shops (see photo) if you want to pick up some Irish crafts and souvenirs.

Map of Cliffs of Moher Republic of Ireland
Map of Cliffs of Moher 
- Republic of Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher range for about 8 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. If you want an even better view and experience, you may consider doing a cruise out of Doolin. Bus tours to the Cliffs of Moher, that also visit a couple of other interesting sites, are offered from several cities in the area (ex: Galway).

Beer drinkers: It is not a myth that Guinness beer tastes better in Ireland. It most certainly does! Although a wonderful beer anywhere in the world, a slightly different process is done for the beer made for export. So, drink up and enjoy.

Beautiful Irish Countryside Ireland
Beautiful Irish Countryside!
Travel advise about visiting Ireland: While visiting Ireland, we learned a few important lessons. The beauty of our Ireland experience was more about the genuine Irish people and beauty of the countryside, not so much about how many important sites and buildings there are to visit. We found the best pub experience in the world in Ireland. So, slow down, enjoy the vibrantly green countryside, the Irish people, and visit a pub or two when you ‘fancy a pint’.

See our other 9 travel blog posts on Ireland:

Dublin, Republic of Ireland (capital)  

Galway City, Ireland 

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