In the heart of County Clare’s Wild Atlantic Way, the striking Cliffs of Moher span across the North Clare coastline. Beginning at Doolin village, they rise to over 700 feet (213 meters), showcasing some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes. These awe-inspiring cliffs are a breathtaking natural wonder.
The cliffs, known for their dramatic plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, provide a sanctuary for seabirds. With crashing waves below, birds soaring above, and winding paths along the cliff edge, visitors can enjoy photo opportunities and stunning views at every turn.
Activities at the Cliffs of Moher
Experience panoramic views from the dramatic cliff edges and feel invigorated by the fresh sea breeze along the Cliff Trails. Explore some of Ireland’s most thrilling coastal scenery and relax by a warm fire while enjoying traditional music in the charming village of Doolin.
The cliffs are home to an array of local wildlife, making them a birdwatcher’s paradise. Observe puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, and possibly even the rare peregrine falcon. The surrounding landscape is equally captivating, with sea campion, sea pinks, and wildflowers decorating the coastal grass. On calm days, keep an eye out for basking sharks and dolphin pods.
Ireland, a land of storytellers, boasts a wealth of folklore and legends connected to its dramatic landscapes. Tales of fishermen and mermaids, the mythical Leap of the Foals, and the lost underwater city of Kilstiffen all add to the cliffs’ mystique. End your day at a cozy pub, listening to local tales by a turf fire for a truly atmospheric experience. During the evening, stop by a local pub to immerse yourself in the lively sounds of traditional Irish music.
The Cliffs of Moher are free to enjoy, as they have been for millions of years. Visit St Brigid’s Well, a famous holy site, to witness the significance of religious veneration in Irish society. Located about two miles south of the cliffs, it is a revered local pilgrimage destination. Explore Doolin Cave and marvel at the Northern Hemisphere’s largest stalactite. Enjoy a mini “Indiana Jones” adventure, but be sure to book early online as tours are limited to 15 people at a time.
Getting to the Cliffs of Moher
Travel by bus or car. Bus Eireann Route 350 offers service from Galway to the Cliffs of Moher (check the timetable). Alternatively, drive along the N6 from Galway to Kilcolgan, then take the N67 and R478 to the Cliffs of Moher.
For an equally remarkable yet less crowded destination, consider venturing to Donegal county, where the stunning Slieve League Cliffs present a quieter alternative to the Cliffs of Moher.