23 Sep 2019
The Cliffs of Moher are the most visited natural attraction in Ireland; go off peak to enjoy their majesty away from the crowds.
Rising to 214m (700 feet) at their highest point and ranging for 8km along the western coast of County Clare, the Cliffs of Moher are one of the grand sights along Ireland’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way.
The natural wonder is complemented by the eco-friendly visitor centre nestled in the hillside, within which an exhibition brings the story of the cliffs to life.
Every year more than a million people come to take in the spectacular views from O'Brien's Tower, the landmark building standing at the cliffs’ highest point, and to marvel at the sheer rock face and the thousands of birds that live in this special protected area.
While breath-taking at any time, the cliffs have a special allure in the early morning light and as twilight falls on them. The rising or setting sun casts mystical shadows and imbues the rock with pink and orange hues making them a thing of wondrous beauty.
Away from the crowds the senses are alive to the sound of the waves, the call of birds and the special atmosphere that inspired a raft of folk tales about this dramatic landscape.
Avoiding the peak season and peak times has other benefits too. Off peak you’ll pay half of the normal entrance price, skip the queues and have space to wander at your leisure through the visitor centre.
A morning or evening visit also allows you to make the most of the day and the attractions of the area.
Keen walkers can enjoy a morning visit to the cliffs and then set off on the dramatic Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk. The full route spans 20km but there are shorter stretches, from 5km to 12km, each departing from the visitor centre.
Or follow an early cliff-top visit with a round trip cruise from Doolin that allows you to appreciate the scale of the cliffs and view their sea-lashed sides and hidden caves. Back in the pretty village of Doolin enjoy some fresh seafood and traditional Irish music in one of its many friendly pubs.
The Cliffs of Moher are part of a geopark that also includes the unique landscape of the Burren. Combine a visit to both sites, beginning at the Burren National Park with its limestone pavements and fascinating fossils and ending with a spectacular view of the cliffs at sunset.
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