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The Cliffs of Moher Visitor’s Guide

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No place exemplifies the coastline in Ireland, with its steep, rocky cliffs and crashing waves, more so than the Cliffs of Moher.  To say that the cliffs are scenic and beautiful would not be going far enough.  It is some of the most beautiful coastline that we have ever visited, and we have seen beautiful coastlines in many parts of the world.

There are many ways in which you can take in these beautiful cliffs, and we plan to fill you in on those secrets in this article.  So if you are planning a trip to Ireland in the near future, make sure you take good notes and bring that camera along.

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The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, so they get quite a bit of foot traffic every year.  There are multiple ways in which you can view the cliffs, and each have their advantages.  If you have the time, we would absolutely recommend viewing the cliffs from both land and the water as each provides such a uniquely different perspective.

View the Cliffs of Moher by Boat

There are more than a few companies that provide tours of the Cliffs of Moher, and the nearby Aran Islands, by boat.  Viewing the cliffs by boat allows you to get a completely different view of these majestic cliffs.  It also allows you to see all of the amazing bird species that use the cliffs for nesting, including the beautiful Puffins.

If you are interested in taking a boat tour of the Cliffs of Moher or the Aran Islands, Viator has some pretty great tours that you can book in advance of your trip.  Otherwise, you can purchase a tour at the Doolin Pier.  Just make sure you research the tour times in advance.

Walking the Coastal Walkway

For those who are more adventurous, there is an absolutely gorgeous coastal walkway along the cliffs that you can take advantage of to get really up-close-and-personal with the Cliffs of Moher.  The walkway changes elevation quite frequently and can be rough in areas, so make sure you pack the proper hiking shoes if you plan to make the full trek.  Hiking the full path takes about 2 hours each way, so you will need to plan plenty of time as well.  For those who would like a little more security, you can look into some of the guided walking tours along the walkway that are offered.

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre and the O’Brien Tower are absolute must-sees if you are in the area, so make sure you stop by if you visit.  The O’Brien Tower is a gorgeous stone tower that sits along the cliffs.  If possible, try and plan your stop around sunset as the views of the cliffs and the tower at sunset are stunningly beautiful.  There is a parking lot at the visitor centre, but it can get pretty busy.  If you want to avoid the crowds, consider parking at the Doolin Park and Ride and then taking a shuttle bus down to the visitor centre.

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Getting to the Cliffs or Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are located in the west coast of Ireland between the towns of Doolin and Liscannor.  If you are looking to take a boat tour of the cliffs, we would recommend visiting Doolin, as they have some really great tours of the cliffs and the neighboring Aran Islands.

Doolin is also a great spot to park and catch a shuttle that takes you to several points of interest along the cliffs on its way to Liscannor.  Its really a great way to get around the area without having to worry about finding a place to park your vehicle.  It’s a hop-on-hop-off shuttle, so it really is a great way to tour the area.

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Visiting the Cliffs of Moher

In case you would like a better sense of what it is like to visit the Cliffs of Moher, we have included a short video tour for you below.  You can see first-hand just how beautiful the the cliffs are, both from land and from the sea.

Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of some of the beautiful pictures we were able to take of the Cliffs of Moher.  It is such a stunning landscape, so make sure you bring your camera if you visit.

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13 replies »

  1. We have been here twice. In 1977, we parked right by O’Brien’s Tower and there were only 2 cars and 4 people there including us. A Force 8 gale was blowing, so quite the dramatic picture. Last June we shared the view with 5,000 people and had to park almost 2 km away. It was still enjoyable, but, it would appear the world has found this gem in the 40 years since our first visit.

  2. oh my gosh I would love to visit this place someday.. Ireland has been on my bucket list for a while – again, beautiful photography and love the video to go with it!

  3. We’ve been twice and schemed about better pictures the second time around, but nothing even remotely close to these great shots and descriptions.

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