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  • Alex Gerlach

A Pedacito of the Cliffs of Moher

Updated: Jun 19, 2022

The breathtaking view of the Cliffs of Moher overlooking the famous Wild Atlantic Way draws travelers to western Ireland year-round. The cliffs stretch about 9 miles and begin north at Doolin and end in the south at Hag’s Head.


When the sky is clear, you can see the Aran Islands, Dingle Peninsula, Twelve Pins, and other natural landscapes in either direction. Home to a wide range of flora and fauna and over 320 million years old, the Cliffs of Moher are a fantastic historical, geographical, and geological wonder.

Travelers come from all over the world to witness the views from the Cliffs of Moher
Travelers come from all over the world to witness the views from the Cliffs of Moher

My friend and I flew from London to Ireland for a weekend visit as abroad students in 2019. Due to our limited time in Ireland, we spent one day exploring the age-old city Dublin and another at the Cliffs of Moher. There are plenty of travel services, excursion services, and hotels/hostels that offer day passes to the cliffs.


Tickets cost about 40-50 euros per person and include entry and transportation to and from the cliffs. Because this is such a popular attraction in Ireland, I suggest planning the trip and purchasing tour tickets in advance.


The bus ride took us through the heart of Ireland past rolling green hills and historic stone walls. Unfortunately, the weather headed to the Cliffs of Moher was overcast and cloudy. Halfway through our trip, we stopped for a bathroom break at a nearby castle. It was situated in a small town with a few stores and restaurants. Luckily, the sun broke through the clouds and the weather proved favorable, but windy, by the time we reached the cliffs.

Our drive to the Cliffs of Moher wasn't the sunniest one
Our drive to the Cliffs of Moher wasn't the sunniest one
This small castle was on the way to the Cliffs of Moher
This small castle was on the way to the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher get their name from the Gaelic word “Mothar” meaning “the ruin of the fort.” The cliffs are massive, towering over the sea at a total height of about 702 feet. Depending on where you are along the cliffs, you can stand or sit close enough to the edge to look over – if you’re brave enough! The grass is thick and lush, dancing wildly as the ocean breeze casts over the land.

A beautiful view of the Cliffs of Moher
A beautiful view of the Cliffs of Moher
Feel free to walk to the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, if you are brave enough
Feel free to walk to the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, if you are brave enough

When walking up along the Cliffs of Moher, there is an observation tower called O’Brien’s Tower situated at the northern part of the cliffs. It marks the highest point of the cliffs and offers a clear view of the Aran Islands on a clear day. It was constructed in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien, an Irish politician and Member of Parliament. From O’Brien’s Tower, visits can take in the sights of the coast of Connemara, Galway Bay, and the Clare coastline.

Obrien's Tower offers one of the highest points for viewing the Cliffs of Moher
O'Brien's Tower offers one of the highest points for viewing the Cliffs of Moher

When planning a trip to the cliffs, It’s important to visit on a day with favorable weather conditions. While the sun came out during my visit, the dirt paths along the edge of the Cliffs of Moher were still wet, making the walk a bit precarious. Planning the trip during the drier season is best to avoid any unnecessary danger or accidents. The cliffs also tend to be a bit windy, so dress warm, pull your hair back, and brace yourself!

A single flower grows among the tall grass of the Cliffs of Moher
A single flower grows among the tall grass of the Cliffs of Moher

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