Another item checked off my bucket list! The reason why I have dreamt of going to The Cliffs of Moher is simply because I have seen this beautiful landmark in “My Love” music video by Westlife. Funny though it may seem but it’s true. There have been many movies made at the Cliffs of Moher, some of my favourites are the Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince (2009) and Far And Away movie by Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (1992). If you’ve seen the film (and who hasn’t!), you’re just about to have an “ohhh right!” moment!
The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of Ireland in the Burren region of County Clare. The rocks that make up the cliffs were formed over 300 million years ago during the Upper Carboniferous period; you can see bands of sandstone, siltstone, and shale in the paving of the cliffs.
But modern tourism to the Cliffs of Moher didn’t start until the 18th century when benevolent landlord Sir Cornelius O’Brien, a descendant of the legendary ancient High King Brian Boru, wanted to showcase his amazing cliffs to visitors and tenants alike. The Victorian O’Brien’s Tower was built by Cornelius O’Brien in 1835 in order to crown the Cliffs of Moher and bring tourists to his lands.
The grand and majestic Cliffs of Moher are approximately 14 km long and soaring to 214 meters at their highest point above the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most visited places in Ireland attracting over one million visitors each year. Obviously, The Cliffs of Moher is widely known for its eccentric beauty and precious aspects of the cliffs.
When you make trip to the Cliffs of Moher, be excited for two things: the staggering height of the rock face, and the even more staggering beauty of the views from the top. It’s surreal and unbelievable! God’s masterpiece is timeless indeed.
Local wildlife thrives around the Cliffs of Moher. It’s estimated that 20 species of birds live on the cliffs, including razorbills, puffins, kittiwakes, and even falcons. Below, where the waves crash, it’s common to see dolphins and sharks.
Because of their geological significance, the Cliffs of Moher are officially a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Geopark. Therefore, they are managed and protected, as well as used for educational programs and sustainable development.
Irish weather is unpredictable, so be ready for anything, even all four seasons in one day! The trick is smart layering. That’s the secret! But whatever the weather is – Cliffs of Moher has the wildest beauty to offer.