Cliffs of Moher
The sheer unimaginable size, the battering squall of the ocean waves and the swirling flocks of seabirds covering every bare patch of rock, make the Cliffs of Moher a real sight to behold. Rising around 200 metres (700 foot) out of the Atlantic Ocean and stretching unbroken for eight kilometres (five miles), they’re are amongst Europe’s largest and they have become one of Ireland’s must-see visitor attractions.
It’s easy to spend a few hours at the cliffs – go for a walk down along the cliff-side path whilst pretending to ignore the giant concrete safety barriers and climb O’Brien’s Tower for even better panoramic views. A very worthy upgrade is a Cliffs of Moher cruise from the nearby village of Doolin where you will get a new perspective that will make you feel very small indeed.
On the flip side, the Cliffs of Moher are well and truly on the tourist circuit and in the summer you can be sharing your visit with TWENTY coachloads of tourists. The visitor centre becomes unbearable and the main viewing stretch is crammed with selfie takers. Arrive fairly early morning or at the end of the day, stay out of the visitor centre and try to quickly motor up or down the headland from the bulk of the crowds to get the best out of your visit.
If you’re experiencing the cliffs as a daytrip from Galway City and came by the Wild Atlantic Way coast road, why not head inland and return via the seriously cool lunar-like scenery of the Burren. This rocky landscape is quite unlike anything else you will see in Ireland so would be a shame to bypass it whilst in the locale.
Weather in Ireland in general is very unpredictable but the Cliffs of Moher seem to magnify this. The guys at the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre take it very seriously. Always check the weather before you visit to check that they won't close the site when there’s an Orange or Red warning in place. When you can’t see your toes and wind is blowing you horizontal, the safety-first concrete barriers suddenly make sense.