Cliffs of Moher
A designated UNESCO Geo Park and a contender for the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Cliffs of Moher stretch over eight kilometres where the Atlantic Ocean meets the west Clare coast. The Cliffs are located just south of the village of Doolin. And are the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland, once you go there you will know why!
As a UNESCO Geo Park, the Cliffs of Moher are home to more than 20 species of nesting birds, many of which are endangered. Examples of birds that call the Cliffs home include the Atlantic puffin, razorbill and seagulls. To appreciate the vastness of the bird colonies you need to see the Cliffs from the sea. To do this take a Boat from Doolin pier. It is in-expensive and will never be forgotten.
It is believed that the cliffs were formed in the Carboniferous period (approximately 320million years ago) and got their name from the first century ruined fort of Mothar. Adjacent to the Cliffs is the Atlantic Edge Interpretive Centre. Housed in an underground building, the centre has many exhibits and displays on the different elements of the Cliffs including the ocean, rock, nature and man and the brilliant Virtual Reality Ledge Experience.
Crowning the Cliffs, O’Brien’s Tower was constructed in 1835 and was recently restored, allowing visitors access to it and its viewing platform on the roof. This makes for stunning views of the surrounding area. On clear days, you can see the Aran Islands, Loophead Peninsula and Connemara, in County Galway.
We couldn't mention the Cliffs of Moher without mentioning Aill Na Searrach, or some of the Big Wave Surfing for those brave enough to try. Waves at the Cliffs can be upto 35ft. high, the most famous being Aileen's, and surfers treavel from all around the world to take on the challenge. Surfers jet ski over from Doolin to catch them. A word of warning, surfing at the Cliffs is not for the beginner!!
There is ample parking at the Cliffs and it will cost you €6.00 to park and enter the Visitor Centre.