The natural highlight in Ireland. A rough landscape, with sea cliffs that are nearly vertical, unreal rock formations and the contrast between the grey stone and the green plants make this a wonderful place. The Cliffs of Moher are not the highest cliffs in Ireland (even though they are 200 meters high) – but the most famous. The touristic infrastructure is very good but also a vast amount of visitors makes this sometimes a massively crowded place. The name comes from an old fort in this region called Mothar.
When you arrive here you’ll find a visitors centre built into the rock and different souvenir shops. A way leads you to the cliffs and from there you can walk up the hill in both directions. In this area, large stone tiles form a barrier to protect you from getting too close. If you get up on the western section you can continue to the Hag’s Head – but the way is unprotected and people seem to often bring themself into danger.
In the east, you’ll first arrive at the O’Brien’s tower erected as a watchtower in 1835. From there good views on the Aran Islands are possible. But how much you can see of the cliffs is always dependent on the weather situation. The area is also a paradise for ornithologists – 30 different species of birds can be found here, including puffins. In the water, you can find dolphins, whales and seals.
The Cliffs of Moher are also a popular filming location. Movies with scenes from the cliffs are for example, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But there are also several music videos that show this scenery. And it was the place where the ashes of Dusty Springfield (which younger generations only know because of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack) were scattered.
Cliffs of Moher / Aillte an Mhothair
Ireland / Éire