Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top Visitor attractions and are a designated UNESCO Geo Park. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower.

The Cliffs of Moher are home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland. The area was designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for Birds under the EU Birds Directive in 1986 and as a Refuge for Fauna in 1988. Included within the designated site are the cliffs, the cliff-top maritime grassland and heath, and a 200 metre zone of open water, directly in front of the cliffs to protect part of the birds’ feeding area.

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4 comments on “Cliffs of Moher

  1. Jennie says:

    LOVE the cliffs! your photos make me miss Ireland

  2. Last year some of my close friends spent their Christmas in Ireland. They loved it! Great shots.

  3. Pat Bailey says:

    I really enjoyed your photographs. I have a couple from when I visited but not as many. I was there in January and the skies were pretty dark and low so not good light. I would like to return some day without 15 students in tow, at a warmer time of year, and without lots of responsibility so I can really explore and enjoy.

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