One of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions has to be the Cliffs of Moher. Located in County Clare in the west of Ireland, these vertical cliffs are about 203 meters above the Atlantic Ocean. So what can you expect when you visit the Cliffs of Moher? Read on for more.
First things first, don’t go expecting great weather. If you get it, it’s a plus, but if not, don’t be disappointed. The cliffs are obviously at their most spectacular on a clear day. In fact on a good day you can see as far as the Aran Islands. Still, even in typical Irish weather there is an eerie beauty that you cannot miss.
Unfortunately luck was not on our side and we managed to arrive in the middle of a massive downpour. We parked the car and waited, but eventually with no end to the wet weather in sight we gave in. We got out of the car and made our way to the cliffs. Fortunately there was a small reprieve up by the time we reached the cliffs. This gave us enough time to wander around and take some photos. By the time we left the heavens had reopened drenching a whole new crowd of eager tourists. So tip number one is to pack a raincoat and umbrella.
I should also note that you don’t get really close to the cliffs. There is actually a wall that blocks you from getting too close to the edge. But if you are willing to follow one of the trails and hike out a bit further you can leave behind all the tourist hustle and bustle, and you can also get a bit closer. But do be warned, people have fallen to their deaths getting too close to the edge. It can get windy really quickly and you can lose your balance. We also recommend bringing decent shoes. We tried to do the walk but the path was so muddy that we gave up and went back.
Whilst walking around you will also come across O’Brien’s tower. The tower was built in 1835 to serve as an observation point for tourists visiting the cliffs. If you have the time, for a few extra Euros it is worth the entry.
Another helpful tip is to try and visit later in the day after a lot of the tourist buses have gone. They tend to frequent the cliffs in the morning so arriving in the afternoon gives you a bit of an advantage.
If you get hungry or thirsty the visitor centre built into a hill is there to cater for your needs. It actually took us a while to work out what it was because it is really camouflaged. The reason it is built this way is to minimise visual impact. It is also a good place to seek shelter when the unpredictable weather takes a turn for the worst.
Overall the cliffs are a must see when visiting Ireland. They are awe inspiring and it is almost hypnotic watching the wild Atlantic Ocean crash at the base. As for the rain, if the weather was perfect would you even be in Ireland anyway?
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