"The Cliffs of Moher" Top 5 Page for this destination County Clare by Bwana_Brown
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There is no question that the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast mid-way between Galway and Limerick were the highlight of our week in Ireland! This 8-km (5-mile) stretch of cliffs towering up to 230 metres (700 feet) above the ocean is really something special to experience, especially if you get a super sunny day as we did! We loved the cliffs so much that we visited them twice in the same day - once in the morning and again in the late afternoon. Both experiences were amazing and different in their own ways. We had arrived in this part of Ireland from Limerick on Day 5 of our six days of touring the Republic in our rental car, and it was a fitting end to a great first experience of this wonderful land. This photo was taken near the southern tip of the cliffs, close to Hags Head, with a distant view of O'Brien's Tower on the far horizon. We actually ended up here on our afternoon walk, spending from 5 - 7 PM laying here on the grass as we had our picnic and enjoyed both the view and a bottle of wine! We were so fortunate with the weather in Ireland that I was able to strip down to only shorts here on the Atlantic coast! This was a great way to begin the wind-down our fantastic visit to Ireland.
On our arrival at the Cliffs in the morning, we headed north from the O'Brien's Tower visitor area and this was the view that greeted us. The cliffs are made up of layers of sandstone, siltstone and shale deposited over millions of years. The layers are actually slightly tilted to the extent that the layer that is in the ocean at this location has actually risen to the top of the cliffs by the time you walk 2 miles northward.
As our walk progressed, we got a little more used to walking along a 700 foot drop into the ocean without any safety barriers! Here we pause for bit before we finally reach that dark headland in the distance where we do some serious cliff-hanging!
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