Ireland: Cliffs of Moher


We couldn’t drive from Galway to Cork without stopping at some of the most famous sea cliffs in Ireland: Cliffs of Moher. These scenic sea cliffs are over 700 feet above sea level and are located in County Clare. As with other popular sites, such as the Giant’s Causeway, I highly suggest pre-purchasing tickets to visit the Cliffs of Moher. This natural wonder is a popular tourist stop and gets busy but getting your tickets early ensures that you can visit the cliffs when you want to. Adult tickets are €7.00.

The day we visited was windy and wet – par for the course for our trip to Ireland. Despite this the cliffs were beautiful.

The main visitor area of the cliffs is a heritage site but there are also trails that those visiting can take to view the cliffs farther down on either side. These trails run along private property. Unfortunately, it appears as if people have jumped into these private fields as hot wire is used as fencing along this narrow trail. With an electric fence on one side the other is a waist high wall built of giant, flat stones. These stones are meant to keep people from the cliffs edge, keeping them safe and protecting the delicate ecosystem on the edge. I don’t want to even think about the number of people I saw that disregarded this barrier. It was easy to see that these people were not the first. There were plenty of dead patches of grass, yellow scars on the verdant landscape.

I do suggest visiting the cliffs, they are beautiful. They are a popular tourist destination but there is something awe inspiring about standing on these cliffs and breathing in the sea air. When you do visit here or any other magical place, please, please stay on the path and protect the natural beauty. I can promise that the photos here, from the trail are just as good as the ones from the edge of the cliff. What are your thoughts on stepping off the path in places like this or even at the local state park? Let me know in the comments. Safe travels and leave no trace.

Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!

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