The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions and last year there had almost 1 million visitors.
Standing 230 meters above sea level at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland.
View of the Aran Islands
On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.
The magical Burren
The Burren is a remarkable bare limestone area with its combination of many unusual factors, its geology, its flora, caves and archaeology.
This is the area where the first stone age dwellers settled.
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
The Cliffs of Moher visitor centre is build into the mountainside and is covered by the grass hillside. The only part that is visible from the outside is the glass front of the new interpretive centre.
Interpretive Centre Atlantic Edge
The new facilities opened in 2007 and The Atlantic Edge is a very informative interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher New Visitor Experience. Housed at the centre of the underground building a huge domed cave contains images, exhibits, displays & experiences that will delight young and old alike.
The dome is organised into four principal themed areas exploring different elements of the mighty Cliffs of Moher: OCEAN, ROCK, NATURE and MAN.
Boat trip to Cliffs of Moher
If the sea is calm, a very spectacular way to see the Cliffs of Moher is to take the boat from from Doolin pier.
This is the best way to appreciate the magnificence and height of the cliffs, and also to see and hear the huge range of birds which live on the Cliffs of Moher and in particular around the base of the cliffs.
Birds on the Cliffs of Moher
The area was designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for Birds under the EU Birds Directive in 1986 and as a Refuge for Fauna in 1988.
There are an estimated 30,000 birds living on the cliffs, representing more than 20 species.
These include Atlantic Puffins, which live in large colonies at isolated parts of the cliffs and on the small Goat Island. Also present are hawks, gulls, guillemots, shags, ravens and choughs.