County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Travel Guide

County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Sights

Cliffs of Moher

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

Though not the tallest cliffs in Ireland, these giant bastions of Irish tourism are on the bucket list of everyone's visit to Ireland because of one undeniable fact; they're magnificent. Reaching a colossal height of 700 feet and looming over 8 km (5 miles) of County Clare's jagged coastline, they offer panoramic views across the seaboard from County Kerry to County Galway. Numerous colonies of seabirds, including puffins and guillemots, make their homes in the shelves of rock on the cliffs.

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience—a grass-roof, subterranean visitor center built into the cliff face—is a good refuge from passing rain squalls. The interior imitates the limestone caves of County Clare and contains a gift shop, public toilets, and a tearoom. The Atlantic Edge exhibition features information panels and interactive consoles for children; the highlight is the Ledge, a vertiginous virtual reality tour of the cliffs from a bird's-eye view. Outside the center,

extensive hiking paths (some with elevated viewing platforms) give access to the real thing, including O'Brien's Tower, a 19th-century folly built on the cliffs' highest point (€2 extra for access to upper levels and O'Brien exhibit) at the northern extremity. Parking is on the opposite side of the R478; access is by pedestrian crossing. Take the Cliffs of Moher cruise from Doolin or Liscannor for a different perspective of the cliffs below the giant stacks.

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Sight Information

Address:

Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre (signposted on R478 north from Liscannor), Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone:

065-708–6141

Sight Details:

  • €8

Published 01/20/2010

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