Places to See | Co. Clare, Ireland
Soaring 702 ft above the wild Atlantic ocean and 8km along the coast of Co Clare, the Cliffs offer a breathtaking view to the Aran Islands and beyond.
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is located almost midway along these spectacular cliffs and the site is home to an environmentally friendly visitor centre set into the hillside, O’Brien’s Tower – a 19th century viewing tower, and 800 metres of protected cliff side pathways, viewing areas and steps. With plenty of space to walk and run around, the Cliffs of Moher is one of Irelands best family attractions.
O’Brien’s Tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, the High King Of Ireland. The tower was used as an observation tower for the hundreds of visitors who even then came to the Cliffs each year. The main structure originally composed of two linked round towers built of fine local stone, the remaining one of which has a spiral iron staircase leading to a viewing platform at the top. From the viewing platform on the roof you can view the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Aill Na Searrach and Hags Head. On a clear and sunny day you can see Connemara with the distinctive Twelve Pins mountain range to the north and County Kerry to the south.
The Cliffs is a Special Protected Area under the EU birds Directive 1979 and is home to Ireland’s largest mainland seabird nesting colony.
Address: Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland