There’s a place, where from above the foamed water surface emerge gigantic rocks covered with moss. Their lush greenery wonderfully harmonizes with turquoise water. Cliffs of Moher are pearl of the Irish coast.
Cliffs of Moher are one of the biggest tourist attractions of Ireland. They emerged from sandstones and limestones and extend for a length of about 8 km, and in the highest point reach the height of 214 meters. They were created by the power of nature - rain water gradually carved the limestone, eroding fanciful forms in the rock. They are part of the Burren region, located in the western part of Ireland, in County Clare.
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher extend from the village of Doolin, known as the mecca of Irish music (here’s the best music shop and café in the whole of Ireland), to Hag's Head, which is also known as Witch’s Head. At the top stands an observation point, O'Brien's Tower made of stone, dating back to the nineteenth century, built by Cornelius O'Brien, the King of Ireland. Along the cliffs stretches an enclosed walkway, where you can stroll and enjoy the views.
The already mentioned Burren is full of megaliths, including Poulnabrone dolmen, the most famous object of this kind in the country. According to the calculations, it emerged at the turn of Neolithic and Irish Bronze Age, which is about 4.5-5 thousand years ago. The Celts believed that the dolmens are the gates to the underworld, opening during holidays such as Beltaine or Samhain, when the boundaries between the life and death become weaker.
Burren itself is extremely interesting, but at the same time somewhat disturbing. Almost uninhabited (larger villages are located mainly at the ends of the land) gives the impression as if life existed here centuries ago, but disappeared long ago. On the plateau is located cave Aillwee. Its main attraction is an underground waterfall, and amazing view that can be admired from the entrance. If someone gets hungry during the tour, may visit a small, local restaurant and enjoy delicious dishes of potatoes.
The cliffs are not only beautiful but also full of life. They impress with the wealth of species of birds that inhabit them. The species that can be seen there include gulls, hawks and fulmars. It’s also the only place in the country with puffin colonies.
In the central part of the Cliffs of Moher, there’s a huge Visitor Centre. It came into use in 2007, and its construction consumed more than 30 million euro. Its interiors house souvenir shops, restaurants, as well as exhibition halls and multimedia presentations.
People, who want to get to the panoramic terrace and to the Visitor Centre, must pay a fee, which also include parking. Adults pay 6 euros, while students, people with disabilities and seniors - 4 euros. Children under 16 can enter for free. You also have to pay, when you want to visit O'Brien's Tower. Adults pay 2 euros, while kids 1 euro.
Adventure in Croaghaun
If someone would like to conquer the steep cliffs of Ireland and treats Cliffs of Moher only as a warm-up before the actual effort, he can visit Croaghaun. They are more than three times higher than Mohers, moreover, they’re the third tallest cliffs in Europe.
Adrenaline junkies should pay a visit to the island of Achill. From the north side the mountain Croaghaun falls steeply into the ocean, which can give you chills when you look down from its summit. The views are stunning and it's not only about the cliffs. Marine fauna enthusiasts have a great chance to watch porpoises and bottlenose dolphins, while in September and October peregrine falcons teach their young to fly here.
There’s no need to convince anyone that it’s worth visiting the green island.