This is Ireland’s iconic site,and when I stood there, trying to process all this beauty, I just thought, ‘Ok, Ireland, we get it. You’re the most gorgeous place on Earth. You can stop now. Enough already.’ Although the Cliffs are not near any large cities or other obvious tourist sites, do go out of your way to get there. Yes, sometimes the clouds and fog cover the Cliffs. This would be a terrible turn of luck, but if you get to see the Cliffs, you’ll be absolutely awed by the sight.
Some tips: definitely plan to walk along the path on top of the Cliffs. I had read in my guidebook, the inimitable Rick Steves’, that there are warnings against walking on the Cliffs, but to do it anyway. I’m a bit of a rule-follower so this information made me a bit nervous, but really, once you’re there, you’ll see the caution is, well, overly cautious. You are well away from the edge of the Cliffs and can easily enjoy a walk along them without worry that you’ll slip.
Another tip: The Cliffs of Moher has an app which offers an audio tour. We didn’t know about this app until we were at the site, and then we didn’t get to listening to it until the next day, but it does have some interesting info about the Cliffs that it would be good to know about BEFORE you’re there. The commentary tends to focus more on filming done at the Cliffs than the geology of the Cliffs themselves, but still, this would be interesting listening on your long drive to the Cliffs.
Where to stay: I was given advice to stay in Lisdoonvarna as it’s near the Cliffs. This was a fine choice, but I will say that on our route from the Cliffs to Lisdoonvarna, we passed many beachfront B&B’s with vacancies, and this was in July. If you’re keeping a loose itinerary, you will likely be able to find accommodation nearby. If you’re interested, we stayed at Ballinsheen House, which is an absolutely lovely property. The breakfast here was particularly good – lots of home-baked breads and very fresh eggs.
One last tip: when at the Cliffs, don’t forget to turn around, with your back to the sea. If you do manage to tear your eyes away from the Cliffs, you’ll catch stunning views like this one: