Cliffs of Moher
The majestic Cliffs of Moher, steep and wondrous features overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in County Clare, are one of Ireland's top visitor sights. The majestic cliffs rise from the ocean to a height of 702ft (214m) and extend for a distance of five miles (8km). Formed by layers of sandstone, shale and siltstone, the cliffs have stood unchanged for millions of years, and they welcome visitors who come to marvel at their splendour, and to enjoy views towards the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. If at all possible, visit the cliffs on a clear day so that you can fully appreciate the views and natural beauty; if you go on a misty or rainy day you often can't even see the ocean far below you and the wind on the cliff-tops can be terrifyingly strong. However, Irish weather being what it is, try not to miss out on this amazing attraction come rain or shine.
The award-winning visitor centre offers an ultra-modern interpretive centre, Atlantic Edge, which includes interactive exhibits and displays, images, an audio visual show, and a virtual reality cliff face adventure. You can quite easily approach the cliffs without visiting the centre but learning a bit about the place enriches the experience.
Telephone: (0)65 708 6141
Opening times: November to February 9.15am to 5pm; March and October 9am to 6pm; April 9am to 6.30pm; May and September 9am to 7pm; June 9am to 7.30pm; July and first half of August 9am to 9pm; second half of August 9am to 8pm.
Admission: €6 (adults), €4 (students and seniors), children under 16 free.