Stretching out into the mist along the Irish coastline, the Cliffs of Moher are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Waves crash below, seabirds whirl above and paths wind along the cliff-edge with photo opportunities all the way.
Their sheer drop into the heaving Atlantic ocean is a well known haven for sea birds. You can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.
The Cliffs of Moher is home to a hugh number of nesting seabirds. Over 30,000 pairs of seabirds including a number of protected species nest at the Cliffs of Moher. These include the Razorbuill, Atlantic Puffin, Chough and Common Gull. The cliffs of moher is designated as a Refuge for Fauna since 1988 and as a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive in 1989.
There are three ways to experience the Cliffs of Moher
Without a doubt the spectacular coastal walking trail that starts in the village of Doolin is the best way to experience the Cliffs of Moher. The trail runs the full length of the Cliffs of Moher from Doolin to Hags Head and on to Liscannor. The full trail from Doolin to Liscannor is 18 km long but the section from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher is 8km long and takes about 2 hrs each way. Download the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk - Map
Local farmer Pat Sweeney has decided to share his local knowledge with visitors to Doolin by offering Guided Walks along the new path to the Cliffs of Moher. The path brings you up close with the natural habitats of the sea birds nesting along the rugged coastline where the Cliffs of Moher meet the Atlantic ocean. There are an estimated 30,000 birds living on the cliffs, representing more than 20 different species.
The next option is to take a passenger ferry from Doolin to the bottom of the Cliffs Of Moher. Marvel at the scale of the cliffs from sea level. Stretching out into the mist along the Irish coastline, the Cliffs of Moher are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Spot the seabirds whirling above you and nesting on the cliff-edge.
A round trip cruise sailing from Doolin takes approximately 50 minutes. Cruises will take you along cliffs as far as Hags Head, the large Sea Arch at Moher Tower, the Bhreannain Mor sea stack and the giant sea-cave made famous in the Harry Potter movie.
Ferries run daily from Doolin harbour. Get a 10% discount on all ferry tickets here.
You can also see the Cliffs of Moher at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience which is located almost midway along these spectacular cliffs about a 10 minute drive from Doolin.
A Signature Discovery Point on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way the site is home to a visitor centre set into the hillside along with shops a cafe a very large coach park and a car park.
While the cliff edge views are stunning, the experience can be dulled due to overcrowding. Almost one and a half million people visit the visitor centre every year, with about half coming on day tour coaches from Dublin. This results in the site becoming very busy from 12:00 onwards,
If you really want to experience the magic of the Cliffs of Moher, then get out of the city for a few days and book yourself a room on the west coast of Ireland. This will give you a chance to hike along the uncrowded trails from Doolin or Hags Head, take a cruise along the bottom of the cliffs, or experience a magical Cliffs of Moher sunset..