A Guide to Visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher attract more than 1 million visitors annually, and for a good reason; the cliffs tower to 214 miles and stretch for 5 miles. When the weather is good, visitors can enjoy entertainment in the form of buskers and harpists. There are also some 600 miles of viewing platforms and pathways to help tourists enjoy the scene without destroying the wildlife (there’s a great number of nesting birds between May and July). Boat trips are popular with tourists as they allow a view of the cliffs from a lower vantage point.

Below the cliffs is the sea which is now dubbed one of the best surfing destinations in Europe. Surfers are pulled out by jet skis on boards to ride the barrel at high speed back to the shore, and that for sure is very exciting. Anybody can watch this thrilling sport, but the performance is strictly for the pros.

Past the end of the Moher Wall in the south, there’s a trail along the cliff – not many people go here. There’s also a path headed north, but don’t go there. Use your binoculars to see many bird species – including puffing and darling – that nest among the fissure-filled cliff walls.

The roads that lead to the cliffs pass through refreshing undeveloped lands, with rolling hills on the sides. For rare views of the cliffs and wildlife, you might want to go for a cruise. Boat operators in Doolin have popular tours of the cliffs.

There’s no doubt that you’ll see some of the most breathtaking views from any stand point along the Cliffs of Moher. Caution, however, is very important here. The air off the ocean produce very strong winds, so you must stay in designated sections.

While in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are a must-see – their sheer size is simply breathtaking.

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