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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
During our vacation in December 2022, we went to UK and from there to Ireland. Ireland trip has been on the cards for so many years, as my younger brother Anubhav and his family lives here in Dublin. So, this trip was not just vacation, but it was family reunion that was due for many years. We stayed in Dublin for 5 days, and every day we visited new place covering all of Ireland. Among all the attractions, what we loved the most was Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs of Moher (Cliffs of Moher) are sea cliffs located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. The cliffs are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland and receives almost one million visitors at the official visitor center. From the cliffs, and from atop the tower, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins Mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south.
Dublin to Cliffs of Moher Drive
On 2nd of January 2023, we took this road trip, that was the highlight of our Ireland trip. We had taken a big 9-seater car for the trip, and we started around 10 AM in the morning. The drive from Dublin to Cliffs of Moher is around 3 hours, passing through highways, small villages and towns. Along the way, you also see some very old castles that are more than 400 years old. After driving continuously, we reached Cliff of Moher around 1 PM. Although it was cold and wet day, there was good amount of traffic near cliffs, and we had to wait for almost 30 minutes to get in the parking lot. But all the kids, Akriti, Anvi, Aryan and Raghav were all excited to go out and look around.
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center
The very first thing you will notice once you reach visitor center is its unique design and the way it is carved under hillside. Its unique cave-like structure accommodates a full range of facilities and attractions underground. The eco-friendly design has minimal visual impact on the surrounding landscape and is complementary to the Cliffs’ natural beauty. There is a cafeteria inside the visitor center, where you can sit and glance around all the natural beauty through those big glass windows.
At the Cliffs
Cliffs of Moher are also unofficially called as 8th Wonder of the World. There are paved pathways along the cliffs that visits can use to walk around as they captured some of the most astonishing pictures of the cliffs. While we were at cliffs, the drizzling had stopped but the air was still wet and cold, and that made our walking little tougher on those paved pathways. We still walked almost 2 miles and captured loads of memorable pictures.
O’Brien’s Tower is beautiful landmark built almost 150 years back is closest point from the visitor center from where you can see the magnificence and vastness of rugged cliffs. From there we took the paved path and went on exploring the cliffs and the rugged terrain.
The Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical, and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day, the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge, you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone. Since we stayed there till 4 PM, we were also able to take some beautiful pictures of the sun set.
After spending almost 4 hours at the cliffs, we decided to return as it was getting dark and also time for visitor center to be closed. We quickly walked back to the visitor center to use the rest rooms, and got into the car, back on the road for next 3 hours. It was a short visit for us, but one can easily spend whole day there at Cliffs and on the way to various attractions. No doubt, Cliffs of Moher is the best attraction in Ireland, and without visiting the Cliffs, you have not seen the best, Ireland has to offer :).