The Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

The majestic Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions.

The cliffs rise to a maximum height of 214 metres above the Atlantic Ocean and span 8km of Clare’s rugged coastline with views that are up there with the best to be seen anywhere in Ireland, or indeed Europe.

Looking south towards Hags Head, the cliffs are simply magical and really do have to be seen to be believed. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands. The nearest one is Inisheer. A walk up to O’Brien’s Tower, a 19th-century viewing tower gives you a wonderful overview of the cliffs and the 800metres of protected cliff-side pathways with viewing areas.

O’Brien’s Tower
O’Brien’s Tower

There are many great vantage points from which to admire the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher. Standing on or near the main platform, you can see Hag’s Head, the most southerly point of the Cliffs of Moher, where the cliffs form an unusual rock formation that resembles a woman’s head looking out to sea. From the North Platform, near O’Brien’s Tower, the cliffs’ highest vantage point, you can see An Branán Mór sea stack which is home to guillemots and razorbills, the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Aill Na Searrach (Leap of the Foals), Ireland’s premier wave point and a popular spot for surfers.

If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will probably recognise the impressive “sea cave” from the movie Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is well worth a visit. This state-of-the-art underground visitor centre features interactive exhibits, images and displays that take you on a journey through the different aspects of the great cliffs, the ocean, the rocks, nature and the people. Highly recommended!

I like to match a Wise Celt Candle with each of my favourite places. The one I have picked for The Cliffs of Moher is the Circle of Life with a Wild Orchid fragrance. The wild orchids that grow in the Burren, home to the Cliffs of Moher, are the inspiration for the orchid fragranced – Circle of Life.

The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place.

Slieve Roe
Slieve Roe

It’s a landscape full of vast cracked limestone pavements formed 340 million years ago and exposed at the surface by receding glaciars 10,000 years ago. It’s a place of austere, haunting beauty. The Burren is also famous for it’s unique mix of arctic-alpine and Mediterranean flora found on its limestone pavements. Orchids are one of the Burren’s iconic plants. Of the twenty-seven orchid species that are native to Ireland, twenty-five of them are found in the Burren. The fragrance of these wild orchids always reminds me of the unique and beautiful landscape of the Burren and the breath taking Cliffs of Moher.