The Cliffs of Moher

So I left you last Wednesday with a view of some cliffs.

Pretty ordinary cliffs you may be thinking, but let me give you a different perspective.

This is O’Brien’s Tower, built as a viewing point in 1835.  Use the people to give you an idea of the height of the tower.

Now use the tower to give you an idea of the height of the cliffs.

Wow!

These are the Cliffs of Moher. They are 214 metres at the highest point and stretch along 5 miles of County Clare’s Atlantic coastline.

Not surprisingly this is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, with nearly a million visitors per year.

An impressive eco-friendly visitor centre has been built into the hillside to minimize visual impact.

But you can visit the cliffs for free simply by parking elsewhere along the coast and taking a walk along the cliff path.

The Cliffs of Moher are part of a designated Global Geopark.  This status helps protect the natural landscape of the area, and the livelihoods of the local people, by encouraging carefully managed tourism.  The rest of the Geopark contains County Clare’s other spectacular landform, which we will take a look at next week.

Incidentally if you are thinking that perhaps you have seen these cliffs somewhere before, that may indeed be the case.  They have been used in many movies and TV shows.  Here’s a link to a clip from the 1987 family friendly (PG) classic The Princess Bride.