After what seemed like endlessly gray, wet weather (I guess that happens sometimes in Ireland in March), we were blessed with a magnificent sky on the one day that really mattered—our visit to the Cliffs of Moher.
On the edge of the Burren in County Clare, the Cliffs of Moher stretch for 8 undulating kilometers along Ireland’s west coast. Rising up to 700 feet above the ocean, the cliffs provide what is unquestionably one of the best views in Ireland. They are Ireland’s top natural attraction for good reason.
The visitor’s center here is fantastic. Exhibits detail the geology and 320-million-year history of the area. The multimedia displays talk in depth about the flora and fauna, and videos show the cliffs from the air and below the water. But the real highlight of a visit to the Cliffs of Moher is just the ability to wander along the cliffs’ edge and lose yourself in the swirling sea and rocky outcroppings.
Thanks to the clear weather, we were able to take our time walking along the various points of the cliffs. As the spring wind whipped against our faces and the sun danced on the ocean’s surface, we enjoyed the amazing beauty that Ireland is known for. We headed out to see the view from O’Brien’s Tower and even caught a glimpse of the Aran Islands in the distance. A perfect day for a perfect visit.
Visiting the Cliffs of Moher
GPS Coordinates — Latitude: 52.9714578 Longitude: -9.4247540
Hours of Operation
The site opens daily at 9:00am. Closing times vary depending on the season—with 5:00pm being the earliest close in the winter and 8:00pm being the latest close during weekends in June. Please consult the website for specific information.
Cost of Admission
The adult Cliffs of Moher admission is €7.00- €10.00 at the gate, depending on time of day and season. Discounted admission is available by pre-booking online. Children under 12 years of age visit for free.
Lance Longwell is a travel writer and photographer who has published Travel Addicts since 2008, making it one of the oldest travel blogs. He is a life-long traveler, having visited all 50 of the United States by the time he graduated high school. Lance has continued his adventures by visiting 70 countries on 5 continents – all in search of the world’s perfect sausage. He’s a passionate foodie and enjoys hot springs and cultural oddities. When he’s not traveling (or writing about travel), you’ll find him photographing his hometown of Philadelphia.