There are a number of reasons why the Cliffs of Moher is considered to be one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. In my case, I first knew about the Cliffs after watching two of my favorite feel-good movies—Leap year and The Princes Bride. For sure you have also seen the Cliffs of Moher in other movies which just proves that it is a recognizable landmark on the big screen. It is not only known as the Cliffs of Insanity in the fairy tale adventure movie of the 80s because a lot of movies, tv series, and music videos were shot in this Ireland’s pride.
Now here are my top three reasons why you should not miss to experience the Cliffs of Moher.
On the day that we visited the Cliffs of Moher, it was raining cats and dogs, however, it did not stop us from appreciating the scenery. It was such a majestic view! Really! You would never want to miss it. No wonder, over one million visitors were estimated to witness the cliffs annually.
If you are a nature lover, you would appreciate the green pasture where healthy cows of various species graze on grass. Moreover, the view of the Atlantic Ocean is impressive. On the highest point, you can also see the Galway Bay and the Aran Island. Beautiful wildflowers also exist which cloak the cliffs during spring and summer.
Breeding Site for Sea Birds
Did you know that the Cliffs of Moher was designated as a Refuge of Fauna? It is a home to cliff-nesting seabirds. As a matter of fact, over 30, 000 birds of almost 30 species (nesting birds and sea birds) live in the cliffs including the famous Atlantic Puffins.
Therefore, if you happen to visit the Cliffs during the nesting season, it is highly recommended to bring your binoculars for bird viewing. Bird species like Guillemot, Razorbills, Kittiwake, Peregrine Falcon, Hawk, Gulls, Ravens, and Cloughs nest on Goat Island which can be visible from the viewing stand.
Walking over the Sea
At the Hag’s Head point, the Cliffs of Moher rise 390 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. For those who love trekking, one of the things that you must look forward to on your trip to the Emerald Isle is to hike the cliff-y tops of Moher. Take a coastal walk and experience the 20-kilometre trail in County Clare. The walk can be quite challenging in some parts due to sharp ascents and narrow points, however, it is surely worth it. The spectacular views on top are definitely priceless!
Just a reminder, always prioritize your safety. The breeze can be strong at times and there are also trails that are for experienced walkers only. Heavy fog can also result in poor visibility.
Overall, Cliffs of Moher is remarkable. No wonder, it is so famous to tourists. There are safety barriers in the area but only up to a point so if you want to take Instagram-worthy pictures, do so at your own risk. Strong winds can blow people which had resulted in the death of some sightseers.
Moreover, it is recommended to check the weather forecast before your trip. You may want to explore the Cliffs on a sunny day rather than when it is foggy where there is extremely poor visibility. The months of July and August are considered to be the period where tourism is highest and the destination can be crowded.
Personally, I wanted to visit the Cliffs of Moher again–next time, on a sunny day.
Are you planning to visit the Cliffs of Moher or have you ever visited this famous Ireland landmark? Please share your story in the comment box below. God bless!