Cliffs of Moher Ireland


Cliffs of Moher  

The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. The Cliffs are 700 feet high at the highest point and range for 5 miles along the West coast County Clare. The tower of the O'Brien Clan stands on a headland of the Cliffs.

The views from the Cliffs of Moher are truelly magnificant. On a clear day one can see the Aran Islands to the west in Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head along the coast to the South of the cliffs.


The area around the Cliffs of Moher was designated as a Refuge for Fauna in 1988 and as a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive in 1989. The Cliffs are home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland. The designated are covers some 200 hectares and highlights the localities importance for wildlife.

The Tower at the top of the cliffs was built by Cornelius O'Brien, a leader of a powerful local clan. Cornelius was a descendant of Brian Boru and local legend has it that he built the tower to impress female visitors.

To the south of the cliffs is Hag's Head and The highest point of the cliffs is just north of O'Brien's Tower. The southern point is known has Hag's Head.

The seastack just off the cliffs, Breanan Mór, stands over 70 metres above the sea.
It is advisable to dress warmly when visiting the Cliffs of Moher because of the rather cool breeze blowing in off the Atlantic ocean.

Cliffs of Moher Ireland

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