Before meeting my Irish boyfriend, probably the only things that came to mind when thinking of Ireland were: Dublin, Leprechauns, St. Patrick’s Day and the Cliffs of Moher. So, you can imagine what I really wanted to see during my first visit to this beautiful country!
The cliffs are situated in county Clare – about an hour and a half by car from Galway, the biggest (and only) city on the west side of the country. Only the drive up to the cliffs is worth it already. Passing typical, colorful towns, narrow streets and beautiful scenery!
When getting out of the car, you notice immediately you left behind the quiet roads and you’re heading to one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ireland. The cliffs of Moher, also called Aillte an Mhothair, rise up to a maximum height of 214 meters and stretch for 8 kilometers along the Atlantic coastline. From the Visitor centre, situated in what looks like a Teletubbies scenery, you head towards the platform where the path and steps will bring you to the edge of the cliffs. I must say, the first moment you see those massive cliffs is mesmerizing! It’s more beautiful and immense then you could have ever imagined. Something a photo can’t capture!
You can choose to walk to the North or the South, both showing very different views of the cliffs. When following the path and steps to the north, you’ll reach the almost two centuries old O’Brien’s Tower, which marks the highest point of the cliffs and has an observation deck that is open to visitors. When walking towards the south path of the cliffs you’ll notice there are less barriers between you and the scary edge of the cliffs – an invitation for many tourists to get the best selfie. When looking to your right, you’ll have a beautiful view of the An Branán Mór sea stack right below the O’Brien’s Tower. When looking to your left you’ll see the cliffs continuing until Hags Head.
You’ll never be let down by the cliffs: it doesn’t matter where you stand or wherever you look, the views are all dazzling!
From Dublin, day trips go to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. Definitely one not to miss out on when visiting Ireland!