Ireland is filled with wonders! From the Burren to the Ring of Kerry, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to Blarney, there is plenty to see and explore in the Emerald Isle. One of my favorite places I visited in Ireland are the Cliffs of Moher. These rock formations are incredible to behold and breathtaking to stand at the edge.
Now, the Cliffs of Moher are only about a two and a half hour drive from Cork and a three hour drive from Dublin. To those of you from geographically smaller countries, this may seem pretty far. But to those of us from huge countries, this isn’t far at all. In fact, we drive two hours to the closest city within our own state here in the US. In any case, the Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare and well worth the drive. You’ll drive through the beautiful Irish countryside which is in itself a treat.
Once you arrive to the Cliffs of Moher, you’ll know. There will be tons of tourist and you can’t go much farther unless you run off into the ocean (haha). Here are a few good tips should you decide to make a trip to the Cliffs of Moher. In my opinion, they’re one of the many wonders of the world and should not be missed.
1) Visitor’s Center
You should definitely start at the visitor’s center. It only costs about $6 for entry and you’ll learn about the Cliffs of Moher as well as the surrounding country side. There’s also a restroom inside.
2) They’re Steep
The Cliffs of Moher sport a 700-foot (approximately 213-meter) drop. They are certainly know joke so you want to be careful about standing at the edge. People have fallen to their deaths here and the water below is freezing. If you stay in the tourist area, you’ll be fine as their is a cement wall that acts as a guard. Don’t let their steepness thwart your fun though!
3) Look for Puffins
If you look down towards the sea, you might see puffins! Specifically, look towards Pinnacle Rock. You might see the little birds flying about. To get a close up look you’ll need to be on a boat.
Do you want to get a really wild Cliffs of Moher experience? Then when you arrive at the end of the trail in the tourist area, simply walk past the wooden arm which separates the tourist attraction from the cow fields. Once you cross this barricade, you’re on farmland and you can follow the cow path all the way to the end should you choose to do so (but remember the Cliffs of Moher run for about 5 miles). In this section, you can literally walk to the edge of the cliffs. Just be careful.
5) Explore the area
Once you are finished exploring the Cliffs of Moher, explore the region of County Clare. Bunratty Castle is 1 hour away where you can explore a well-preserved ancient building and village. Doolin Cave is only about 20 minutes away…or you could take a ferry our to Aran Islands. There’s so much to do in the area!
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