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Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Scenery, Shannon | 0 comments

Get a bird’s eye view of the Atlantic via the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher, originally uploaded by Kathy~.

Phil says…

Stepping into Ireland’s vast natural beauty is possible on a daytrip to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Located in County Clare, the attraction is approximately three-and-a-half hours from Dublin and just over an hour from Shannon/Limerick, for those using Irish car hire services at Ireland’s two major airports.

Holidaymakers keen on getting plunging cliff-top views are advised to visit the natural site, which offers ideal photo opportunities. Sitting between Liscannor and Doolin, drivers can travel to the attraction and instantly take in the far-reaching views.

Facing the Atlantic, the cliffs number five miles (eight kilometres) in length and vary in height from 91 feet (120 metres) to a towering 702 feet (214 metres). Taking a camera is recommended to photograph the impressive headland as well as other sights on the horizon, including the Aran Islands and the rocky outcroppings of Connemara (County Galway) in the distance.

Many visitors like to stroll beside the cliffs and head towards O’Brien’s Tower, which is located on one of the site’s highest points. On the way is the opportunity to spot all sorts of wildlife that prosper on the headland due the region’s protected status. This ensures the thriving of many plants and animals, such as, puffins, kittiwakes, guillemot, fulmar and razorbill. To see even more native animals, it is worth looking out to sea as dolphins and whales have been spotted swimming around the cliffs.

 

OBriens Tower

O'Brien's Tower photo by Matt McGee

O’Brien’s Tower, a focal point for many visitors to the Cliffs of Moher, was actually built in 1835 with holidaymakers in mind. Named after its constructor Cornellious O’Brien, the structure was created to serve as an observation platform for tourists. The tower welcomes visitors to this day and offers spectacular views of the Emerald Isle.
In addition to taking in the fresh air and scenic views, many holidaymakers pay a visit to a newly-launched, eco-friendly attraction built within the cliff tops.

Called the Cliffs of Moher New Visitor Experience, the attraction features a range of facilities constructed underground to provide an atmospheric visit. The centre provides ample information regarding the immediate area, how the cliffs were formed and about the vast wildlife living on the headland. The attraction also boasts interactive resources and a virtual cliff face that transports visitors straight to the edge of a detailed computer generated image of the famous precipice.

Visitor centre at the Cliffs of Moher

Visitor centre at the Cliffs of Moher

Those continuing on to visit other attractions within the county may like to watch the centre’s The Clare Journey film, which showcases the delights offered in the surrounding area, including other natural attractions such as the Lough Derg and the Shannon Estuary.

You’re invited to listen to our podcasts about the Cliffs of Moher at:

Episode #92

Episode #57

Episode #8

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