All you need to know about the Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland‘s number one tourist attraction and one of the worlds most beautiful Natural Wonders. The cliffs lie at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. Offering jaw-dropping views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and so much more, it is no wonder they attract over 1 million people per year. Due to the popularity of the cliffs, I have decided to put together a guide for my readers: Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting The Cliffs of Moher
Where are the Cliffs of Moher?
The Cliffs of Moher are located on the west coast of Ireland on the southwestern edge of the Burren in County Clare. They are a short drive from the small towns of Doolin (10-minute drive) Lahinch (20-minute drive) and Ennis (45-minute drive).
What height are the Cliffs?
The Cliffs of Moher soar to a height of 214 metres high. The heightist point being slightly north of O’Brien’s Tower. Let’s just say it’s rather scary looking down.
Driving to the Cliffs of Moher
The Cliff of Moher from Dublin: Travelling from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher by car should take about 3 and a half hours. There are 3 possible routes. The fastest route has tolls. Directions can be seen on Google Maps.
The Cliff of Moher from Galway: Galway is only a 1 and a half hour drive from the Cliffs of Moher. I have linked the direction via Google Maps. r
The Cliff of Moher from Shannon: Shannon Airport (map) is the closest airport to the cliffs, taking only an hour to get there by car.
The Cliff of Moher from Limerick: It takes just over an hour to reach the Cliffs of Moher from Limerick. Visiting the cliffs is the ideal day out for those living or staying in County Limerick. Directions from Limerick can be seen on Google Maps.
Where to park?
The Cliffs of Moher Carp is located directly opposite the visitor centre. It cost 6 euro per adult (4 euro for a student) to park there, this, however, includes admission into the visitor’s centre. Children under 16 can visit the visitor centre for FREE.
How to get to the Cliffs without a car?
Organised tours are a great way to see somewhere if you only have a little bit of time, don’t want to drive or want all the organisation done for you. Visiting The Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher organised tour from Galway: The Galway tour company offers many different tour types from half day tours, to package tours, including stops at the Burren or Doolin. The Doolin 2 Aran Ferries offers a tour that stops off in Inis Oirr and later cruises under the Cliffs of Moher for as little as 50 euro. Next time I go I’m 100% doing that!
Cliffs of Moher organised tour from Dublin: Tour companies such as Paddy Wagon Tours, Irish Day Tours and Darby O’Gill Tours offer day trips to the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin. The tours stop off at Doolin, the Burren and some at Galway too. Prices range from 30 to 40 euros.
*Disclaimer, I myself have never taken one of these tours, please also read the reviews before booking*
Can you walk to the Cliffs?
Yes, visitors often enjoy exploring the Coastal Walking Trail, it is 20km taking in the phenomenal views Aill Na Searrach, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. More information on these trails can be found on the Website.
How Long does it take to walk along the Cliffs of Moher?
The Cliffs stretch for 8km, it takes 2 hours to walk from Doolin to the cliffs. It is a lovely, breathtaking walk along the coastline. The perfect way to see all the Cliffs have to offer and capture some beautiful snaps along the way.Are there any hidden charges at the Cliffs?
The O’Brien’s Tower (the highest point) costs an additional 2 euro to climb. The views from this point extremely beautiful, even from ground level.
Are the Cliffs of Moher Safe?
At times this trail can get fairly narrow, however, there is an option to walk in away from the edge and I advise you take it. There are signs all over the terrain warning guests to stay away from the edge as the ground may shift. It is also common to experience gusts of wind as the Cliffs are located on the coast.
Is the Visitor Center worth my time?
The visitor center is definitely worth the visit if you have the time, after all, it is included in the car park and tour ticket price. The center is full of information regarding how the cliffs were made, weather surrounding the cliffs and nature and wildlife in the area. It is also a great place to grab a quick bite to eat or purchase a souvenir.
How long do the Cliffs stay open for?
Opening times for the Cliffs of Moher Visiting Center Varies throughout the year. Times can be found below.
January\February 09:00 – 17:00. September\October 08:00 – 19:00
March\April 08:00 – 19:00. October 08:00 – 19:00.
May \August 08:00 – 21:00. November\December 09:00 – 17:00.
What Should I wear?
Plan Ahead, check the weather before you go and bring some layers just in case. It may look like a nice sunny day, but Ireland’s weather is very unpredictable, you never know when the rain may decide to show up. The Cliffs are also a magnet for windy conditions.
Some Words of Wisdom
Have Fun and Take some silly photos. Not many people can say they’ve visited the Cliffs of Moher.
(Photo of Lahinch, Ireland)
Where to Stay:
It is a great idea to research some hotels near the cliffs of moher, staying the night allows exploration of surrounding areas. Clare is honestly one of the most beautiful Counties of Ireland. Below is a list of some possible destinations worth staying the night.
Galway is a great city, full of many places to explore. It is a great place for nightlife, as well as experiencing some Irish culture. Check out some of Galway’s accommodation options here.
Lahinch is a small Irish town located on Liscannor Bay (As seen in the image below). It is extremely popular among surfers, maybe you could even get a lesson or two during your stay. Lahinch is a 15-minute drive away from the Cliffs of Moher. Check out some great places to stay here.
Ennis is the main town in County Clare, located approximately 40 minutes away from the Cliffs. It a great way to get a feel for Irish culture in a small rural town. Find accommodation here.
Have you ever wanted to sleep in a castle, well in Ireland you can? Check out Dromoland Castle, located approximately one hour away from the cliffs of Moher.
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