Exploring Ireland’s Natural Wonder: the Cliffs of Moher

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With their dramatic beauty, rich history, and breathtaking vistas, the  Cliffs of Moher have become an iconic symbol of Ireland.

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The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare on the western coast of Ireland, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Stretching for five miles along this wild coastline, these imposing cliffs reach heights 700 feet above sea level, making them some of the highest cliffs in Europe! 

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They’re known as “Aillte a Mhothair” in Gaelic, which means “the cliffs of the ruin.” That’s said to refer to an old promontory fort that once stood here.

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Why the Name?

Dating to 1835, O’Brien’s Tower is a prominent stone tower built by a local landowner called Sir Cornelius O’Brien. Its purpose? To serve as a viewing platform for Victorian tourists eager to take in the views.

O’Brien’s Tower

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No visit to the Cliffs of Moher would be complete without passing through the village of Doolin. It’s a great place to shop for souvenirs, enjoy a pint at a pub, or (if time allows) spend a few nights.

Town of Doolin

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The summer months (June-August) are the high tourist season when the weather is at its best with long daylight hours. However, it can get crowded.

When to Visit

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