Over the May bank holiday, my husband and I, along with two friends near and dear to us, packed up and headed West for the weekend. Only a few kilometers outside of County Dublin, we decided it was such a lovely day that we would head straight to the Cliffs of Moher instead of first heading into Galway City, where we were staying for the weekend. We hired a car for the weekend, and once we ventured off the motorway, what an experience driving through Ireland really is! The roads are narrow and bend and turn, but the scenery is absolutely unreal. I got dizzy looking from window to window as we passed by farms, castles, castle ruins, and more.
By the time we actually reached the Cliffs of Moher, the clouds had rolled in (that happens along the coast!) and it was clear at first, but as you can see from the photos, the fog moved in quickly. These pictures were probably taken about 10-15 minutes apart.
Cliffs of Moher (notice the cool little cave?!)
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. The cliffs tower over 700 feet (214 meters) at the highest point (near O’Brien’s Tower) and stretch approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) along the coast. At the southern end of the Cliffs stands Hags Head, a natural rocky promontory that resembles a seated woman when viewed from the north. In the ancient Gaelic language, the word Mothar means “ruined fort” and a 1st century BC fort stood where the tower now stands.
If you are a Princess Bride fan, as I am, you’ll be delighted to know that the Cliffs of Moher were a filming location for the movie’s “Cliffs of Insanity”. There’s a little fun fact for you! Have you packed your bags yet?
Whether you live in Ireland or are here on holiday, make sure you plan a visit to the cliffs. Even if the weather is gloomy, you can still take in the majestic views and appreciate the beauty of the coastline. If you are fortunate enough to visit on a sunny and/or clear day, well, consider yourself incredibly lucky! Admission is only 6 Euro per person and you can spend hours walking up and down the stretch of coastline taking in the views. Tour buses run from Dublin daily, but if you dare, hire a car and make the drive yourself. County Clare is absolutely stunning, both at the coast and inland. You won’t regret it!