The Cliffs of Moher stand 214m (702 feet) at their highest point and stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of Co. Clare. From the Cliffs of Moher, on a clear day, one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors since local landlord Cornelius O’Brien constructed it in 1835.
The imposing monumentality of the Cliffs have captured the popular imagination, and they regularly feature in media: you may have spotted them in films such as The Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in music videos such as Maroon 5’s Runway or Westlife’s My Love, or in some episodes of Father Ted.
For those who enjoy walking, a Cliff Walk has recently been established which leads from Hag’s Head, at the extreme south point of the Cliffs, all the way to Doolin. Spectacular views of the coastal scenery are afforded to the walker, but one should be aware that this 20km trail poses a challenging route, with steep ascents and descents and an exposed cliff-top path, making this suitable for those with reasonable levels of fitness and agility.