Yeah, ok, so if that view doesn’t tell you that you need to visit the Cliffs of Moher, I don’t know what will.
With sweeping green fields that suddenly drop hundreds of feet into swirling, violent seas below, this natural wonder is nothing short of breath taking. You cannot help but just sit there and….stare. And try in vain to take it all in.
The scale. The drama. The sheer majesty. The incredible notion that we should exist in a world with natural sights as stunning as these. Sure, mankind, you build some cool stuff but….
We made the Cliffs of Moher an absolute priority on our trip. I absolutely demanded that we make it there. Despite the fact that they are on the opposite side of the country as Dublin, where we had started that day, we made the Cliffs of Moher a stop on our first day.
Ireland is really a small island, so you can drive across the width of the country in about 3 hours. Leaving Dublin in the morning and making a long stop north of Galway at Ashford Castle, we still had plenty of time to get to the cliffs. It would be a long but completely do-able day trip from the capital.
The Cliffs of Moher run down part of the western coast of Ireland. You can make a day of hiking the length of them, or you can drive to the main visitors center and walk along the most famous and staggering sections. Which is what we did.
As long as there is light, the cliffs remain “open.” Yes, they are a natural feature, so you cannot really close them, but I would not personally suggest wandering around these sheer drops without light. That’s really just sort of asking for it. But, hey, your name could be added to the memorial stone for people who have lost their lives there, so that’s a bonus.
Oh, hey, if your palms sweat at death defying heights (like mine), prepare yourself. My more adventurous friends ventured over the stone wall (not like its there for a reason…) to get a closer look while I stood and gripping the retainer for dear life. I had to look away because watching my friends/husband plummet to their death was not on my list of things to do on this trip.
Arriving around 6, we had about half an hour with brilliant skies and dramatic light as the sun started to drop in the sky. Had it not been for the impressive storm that rolled in –rather quickly, I might add– we would have had at least another hour to explore. We did our best to tough it out for a little while and enjoy the creepy fog that made the already dramatic cliffs even more spectacular. But then the deluge started, we were directed away from the area and took refuge in the visitors center -until it closed and we were sent to our car, soaking wet.
But, uh, as you can see, it was incredibly stunning for all of those 30 minutes. If these photos stir up any of the feels for you, now just imagine them with the sounds of powerful swells crashing on the resolute cliff sides and birds calling as they perform daring dives and aerial maneuvers along the jagged edges.
If you want plenty of time at the Cliffs, I would say to give yourself a good hour to stroll the pathways outside and about 20 minutes for the visitors center exhibit, which details geographical and environmental information. It is interactive and very much geared towards young children.
Talk to me, y’all. Are you daring enough to stick your head out over these cliffs?