The iconic Cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s most visited outdoor attraction. One of the ‘Signature Points’ on the Wild Atlantic Way, with breath-taking, magical vistas that capture the hearts of up to 1 million visitors every year.
The Cliffs of Moher face due west with views of the Aran Islands directly ahead and beyond to the North are the hills of Connemara. The Cliffs rise to a height of 214m / 702 feet at the highest point at Knockardakin and stretch for 8km / 5 miles along the western seaboard of County Clare.
The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort ‘Moher’ which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars and replaced with a signal tower at Hag’s Head.
The Cliffs of Moher is a Special Protected Area (SPA) under an EU Birds directive and is home to Ireland’s largest mainland seabird nesting colony with 20 species of nesting birds including 9 species of breeding seabirds and up to 30,000 breeding pairs.
The eco-friendly visitor center opened in 2007 and operates using environmental best practices focusing on efficient water and waste management, energy-saving measures, and environmental awareness.
A little to the north of the visitor center is O’Brien’s Tower. A 19th-century viewing tower, built by Cornelius O’Brien in 1835. The wall along the edge of the cliffs was also erected by Cornelius O’Brien.