The Breathtaking Cliffs Of Moher, Ireland
Standing majestically 700ft (214m) high on the west coast of Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean are the magnificent cliffs of Moher. It’s surrounding landscape, an epitome of natural beauty. Coupled with exhilarating freshness emanating from the sea as the waves beautifully bounce off the cliffs, this is the place to be when visiting Ireland.
Officially opening its doors in February 2007, the cliffs breathed life into the Co Clare and the neighboring villages Doolin, Liscannor and Burren. The UNESCO listed cliffs are a center of attraction in Ireland attracting over a million visitors annually. In line with the tagline one destination, a lifetime experience, visitors are given just that; an experience of a lifetime.
This natural beauty stretches about five miles (8 km) and has an 800m pathway near the edge of the cliff. It is very difficult to reconcile the name of the cliffs with the spectacular scenery you see. The name ‘moher’ or ‘mothar’ is Gaelic word meaning ‘the ruin of a fort’. It was named after a fort that was destroyed during the Napoleonic wars. There is no trace of the ruin, all there is is a radiance of beauty.
The Cliffs of Moher is a three hour drive from Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It can also be accessed from Galway (1 ½ hours drive), Limerick (1 ½ – 2 hours drive) and from Kerry (1 ½ hours dive). Though there is no accommodation facilities within the cliffs, there are plenty around. The surrounding towns, Doolin, Liscannor and Burren have plenty of restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts and pubs.
The Cliffs of Moher have a lot to offer that guarantees an unforgeable experience. A walk along the 800m long pathway culminating into the highest point of the cliffs, O’Brien’s Tower, gives you an unobstructed vistas view of Aran Island, the Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk Mountains northwards and to the south Loop Head. Amazing sites you cannot get enough of.
Apart from the walk, the Cliffs of Moher tour is a surfing haven. To get to the waves at the bottom of the cliff, surfers travel by jet skis from Doolin. With the waves rising as high as 35ft, surfers have an adrenaline-rushing surfing experience.
Moreover, the cliff of Moher is home to amazing bird species. The Atlantic puffin, razorbill, chough, common gull, chattering kittiwakes, peregrine falcon, among others. With a variety of birds, those who love bird watching have their match. Photographers who desire to get epic shots of birds are spoilt for choice. Cameras just don’t stop rolling at this amazing site of wildlife.
Another one in Cliffs of Moher recreational activities is sports fishing. The fishing sites are: Poulcraveen Doolin, Stoney Beach and Tragheachan south of Doolin Pier, Liscannor Beach and the Shore Angling at Lahinch Beach. To crown it all, ensure you check out the Visitor Center. It has a lot to sample, ranging from audio visual theatre, exhibitions, retail areas and restaurants.
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