The Cliffs of Moher
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.
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
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.