Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
During my two-week tour of Ireland several years ago, there were two highlights: the delightful basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher. Both sights are impressive and are a great geological marvel. The Cliffs were formed in the Upper Carboniferous Period, around 319 million years ago and consist of shale and sandstone.
The Cliffs of Moher Ireland (County Clare) are located on the western Irish coastline where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. They stand 214 meters (702 feet) at their highest point and stretch for 8 kilometers (5 miles). There are two platforms you can take a view of the Cliffs – north and south platforms. I ventured up the North side where the O’Brien Tower is located. Depending on how much time you have, you can go up both sides. You’ll need at least two hours to climb both sides (probably more). It is a bit of a climb. If you have more time, you can walk 5 km to Doolin or hike the coastal trail which coverages 20 km.
O’Brien’s Tower is located on the North platform. It was built in the 1830s by Cornelius O’Brien, a descendant of the Kings of Thomond. It is a wonderful observation point. A million tourists visit the Cliffs of Moher Ireland each year.
- Price is 6 euros for adults; children under 16 are free; Seniors are 4 euros
- Additional 2 euros (1 for children) to access the rooftop area in O’Brien’s Tower
- It is open year-round but hours will change during season – always open at 9 am and closes at 5 pm in winter and between 6:00-7:30 in the spring and 9:00 pm in July/August. For more info, visit the official website
- You can stay after the visitor centre closes onsite in case you wish to get a sunset photo (no limit to parking)
- Bring a sweater because it gets quite windy up on the platforms even during the summer months
- If you wish to photograph Puffins, they are around from late March to mid July and the best play to view them is from the south platform
Have you been to the Cliffs of Moher? What are your thoughts?