The Magnificent Cliffs of Moher – one slip and you’re dead [41 Pics]

Cliffs of Moher: Mist

Cliffs of Moher: Mist
As of July 2009, the Cliffs were named one of 28 global finalists in the “New Seven Wonders of Nature”. The “New Seven Wonders” winners are expected to be announced on 11 November 2011 (11/11/11). Image Credit: Unknown

Introduction

On the west coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland and biggest Tourist Attraction. A visit to these cliffs should not be missed.
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 located just south of the Village of Doolin in Co Clare Ireland. Rising slowly from Doolin they ascend to over 700 feet (213 metres) stretching south for nearly five miles (8km) to Hags head. They are Irelands premier tourist attraction and a must see for anyone visiting Ireland. The views from the cliffs attract close to one million visitors per year. [41 pictures]

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Cliffs of Moher: Blue Atlantic Ocean

Cliffs of Moher: Blue Atlantic
O’Brien’s Tower is a round stone tower at the approximate midpoint of the cliffs. It was built by Sir Cornelius O’Brien, a descendant of Ireland’s High King Brian Boru, in order to impress female visitors. Photo Credit (and all rights reserved by): Vincenzo Cosenza

Cliffs of Moher: Arial

Cliffs of Moher: Arial
Photo Credit: Unkown

Cliffs of Moher: From Information Center Lookout

Cliffs of Moher: From Information Center Lookout
Photo Credit: Unkown

Cliffs of Moher: Closeup

Cliffs of Moher: Closeup
The cliffs consist mainly of beds of Namurian shale and sandstone. Photo Credit: Wikicommons/Cbabir

Cliffs of Moher: Maps

Cliffs of Moher: Maps and Danger sign
O’Brien’s Tower and the Cliffs of Moher are located a short distance from the village Doolin famous for its traditional music and from Liscannor famous for its slate flagstones which were used at the time for fencing purposes. The warning sign should be respected as a sudden wind can blow you over the edge towards certain death.

Cliffs of Moher: On the Edge

Cliffs of Moher: On the Edge
Photo Credit: Wikicommons / Przemysław Sakrajda

Cliffs of Moher: The Pathway of the Edge

Cliffs of Moher: the Pathway on the edge
Photo Credit: Unknown

Cliffs of Moher: Extreme Mountainbiking

Cliffs of Moher: Extreme Mountain biking
Photo Credit: Victor Lucas and Hans Ray

Cliffs of Moher: Jumping with Mountainbike on the Edge

Cliffs of Moher: Jumping with Mountainbike on the Edge
Photo Credit: Victor Lucas and Hans Ray

Cliffs of Moher: Standing on the Edge

Cliffs of Moher: Standing on the Edge
Photo Credit: Moonweaver

Cliffs of Moher: On the ege looking down

Cliffs of Moher: On the ege looking down
If you decide to go close to the edge the advice is to crawl but even then it’s dangerous as erosion is constantly taking place. Photo: Unkown

Cliffs of Moher: What you see when you look over the edge

Cliffs of Moher: What you see when you look over the edge
Looking down into the Atlantic from this height is terrifying. Photo Credit: Wikicommons/John Taylor

Cliffs of Moher: Harsh Winds

Cliffs of Moher: Harsh Winds
Photo Credit: Unknown

Cliffs of Moher: Irish Coast Guard Helicopter

Cliffs of Moher: Irish Coast Guard Helicopter
The Doolin Unit of the Irish Coast Guard is located in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. Photo Credit: Doolin Coast Guard

Cliffs of Moher: Doolin Coast Guard descending with rope

Cliffs of Moher: Doolin Coast Guard descending with rope
The Unit is comprised of 24 volunteers who are on call 24 hours 365 Days a year. Photo Credit: Doolin Coast Guard

Cliffs of Moher: Doolin Coast Guard using rope to get down to sea level

Cliffs of Moher: Doolin Coast Guard using rope to get down to sea level
The Coastal units of the Coast Guard participate in cliff/marine rescue, Search, recovery and pollution monitoring. The team responded to 45 callouts during 2010. Photo Credit: Doolin Coast Guard

Cliffs of Moher: Doolin Coast Guard Searching for fallen body

Cliffs of Moher: Doolin Coast Guard Searching for fallen body
Photo Credit: Doolin Coast Guard

Cliffs of Moher: View from sea level

Cliffs of Moher: View from sea level
Photo Credit: Margie Lemay

Cliffs of Moher: The Rocky Needle seen from sea level

Cliffs of Moher: The Rocky Needle seen from sea level
Photo Credit: Margie Lemay

Cliffs of Moher: O'Brian's Tower seen from the air

Cliffs of Moher: O’Brian’s Tower seen from the air
Photo Credit: Unknown

Cliffs of Moher: Scene from Harry Potter, The Half Blood Prince Movie

Cliffs of Moher: Scene from Harry Potter, The Half Blood Prince Movie
The Cliffs of Moher have been featured on film numerous times, including in Leap Year (2010), The Princess Bride (1987), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). Photo Credit: Warner Bros

Cliffs of Moher: O'Brian's Tower

Cliffs of Moher: O’Brian’s Tower
O’Brien’s Tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien a descendant of Brian Boru, Kings of Thomond, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then, visited the Cliffs. The tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Photo Credit: Martin O’Connell

Cliffs of Moher: O'Brian's Tower close-up

Cliffs of Moher: O’Brian’s Tower close-up
O’Brien’s Tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien a descendant of Brian Boru, Kings of Thomond, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then, visited the Cliffs. The tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Photo Credit: Martin O’Connell

Cliffs of Moher: Path from Visitor Center to O'Brien's Tower

Cliffs of Moher: Path from Visitor Center to O’Brien’s Tower
Photo Credit: Unknown

Cliffs of Moher: Arial looking North-East

Cliffs of Moher: Arial looking North-East
Photo Credit: Unkown

Cliffs of Moher: Lookout east of O'Brian's Tower

Cliffs of Moher: Lookout east of O’Brian’s Tower
Photo Credit: unknown

Cliffs of Moher: Sun beams through the clouds

Cliffs of Moher: Sun beams through the clouds
If you want to experience a great hike, the best place to start the walk is from Cliffs of Mohar viewing area. From here you are able to look out along the cliffs and in the distance you should be able to see a tower where the cliffs seem to end. That area is known as hags head. It is a total of 8 km walk to hags head and back to visitors center. It should take less then 2 hours to reach the tower but it may take longer as the views along the way are fantastic. Photo Credit: The Burren Project

Cliffs of Moher: Looking back towards Needle and O'Brien's Tower

Cliffs of Moher: Looking back towards the Needle and O’Brien’s Tower
If you stop halfway and look back from where you started you can see O’Brian’s tower. Photo Credit: Martin O’Connell

Cliffs of Moher: Pathway along the edge going to Hag's Head

Cliffs of Moher: Pathway along the edge going to Hag’s Head
The walk is not dangerous unless you get very close the edge. The winds are very strong and can blow you over the edge, so it’s best to keep to the pathway. The walk is very popular with tourists as well as locals. There is no need for a map as the path is very easy to follow. Photo Credit: Martin O’Connell

Cliffs of Moher: Magnificent Atlantic sunset

Cliffs of Moher: Magnificent Atlantic sunset
Photo Credit: Allan Henderson

Cliffs of Moher: Sunset lights up the cliffs

Cliffs of Moher: Sunset lights up the cliffs
Photo Credit: Allan Henderson

Cliffs of Moher: Strange wall

Cliffs of Moher: Strange wall
The story goes that Cornelius O’Brien, one time member of the parliament for County Clare won a bet with his English counterparts that he could build a fence a mile long, a yard high and an inch thick. These were the dimensions of the flagstones and they were quickly adapted as building material as well as floor covering in farmhouses throughout the 19th century. The flagstones bear the remarkable feature of the imprint of fossilized eels compacted over thousands of years. Photo Credit: Unkown

Cliffs of Moher: Glistening Atlantic Ocean view

Cliffs of Moher: Glistening Atlantic Ocean view
Photo Credit: Moonweaver

Cliffs of Moher: Aran Islands visible across the sea

Cliffs of Moher: Aran Islands visible across the sea
Photo Credit: Martin O’Connell

Cliffs of Moher: Basking in sunlight

Cliffs of Moher: Basking in sunlight
Photo Credit: christian.adamini

Cliffs of Moher: Arial of Hag's Head

Cliffs of Moher: Arial of Hag’s Head
Photo credit: Unkown

Cliffs of Moher: Hag's Head tower close-up

Cliffs of Moher: Hag’s Head tower close-up
Photo Credit: Unknown

Cliffs of Moher: Hag's Head tower and magical sunlight

Cliffs of Moher: Hag’s Head tower and magical sunlight
Photo Credit: Unknown

Cliffs of Moher: Darkness and Light

Cliffs of Moher: Darkness and Light
Photo Credit: Wikicommons/Dlloyd

Cliffs of Moher: Hag's Head rock formation

Cliffs of Moher: Hag’s Head rock formation
Du Noyer Photographic competition 2nd place; presented by The Geological Survey of Ireland, This is a shot of the stone pillar at Hag’s Head. “Boireann” is Irish for “Great Rock”! Photo: Jonathan Moran

 

22 Comments

  1. just got back from Ireland and got to see these up close and personal…they are absolutely breath taking! I can’t wait to get back there again at some point in my life!

  2. seeing those bikers biking so near off the edge gave my body goosebumps, lovely place and great pictures….wonder how they were form?

  3. The photographs are fantastic. You have to look closely to see the thousands of sea bird nests in the crevices of the cliffs. I visited in May,1999. There is a lot more to see in Ireland.. Rented a car and bought a book of bed and breakfast passes from the Irish Tourist Board, stopped whenever we chose and had a glorious 20 day trip.

  4. I was there on the 6th. October this year. Got caught up by 90 mph winds and blown away… thankfully not over the cliffs but just walking back to the coach in the car park. Ambulance to hospital, being buffetted by same winds, cracked head open, cracked ribs, lost shoe blown away in the wind and still have nightmares of how this could happen. There was a warning at the entrance to the car park “DO NOT ENTER BECAUSE OF STRONG WINDS” but the coach driver ignored it and drove in anyway saying “they are only saying that to cover themselves.” At the hospital I was told that I was the third person brought in that day. One woman broke her elbow and arm.

    Be WARNED……….. BE SAFE………

  5. Beautiful pictures. I was there last week and your pictures capture the cliffs much better than mine. Also excellent photoshop work for the cyclists!

  6. Great pics!!!!! I just returned to the U.S. from Ireland and spent a day at the cliffs. And as amazing as these pictures are there is no way to appreciate how awesome the cliffs look. It’s so amazing it almost doesn’t look real. We were there on an extremely windy day and a very light fog. Looking at the cliffs with the birds floating around looked like something from a movie set! If you ever step foot in Ireland take a day and go here. You will not be disappointed!!!! Those people on bikes are completely out of their minds!

  7. Thanks for these amazing pictures – they bring back fond memories of our trip to Ireland last year. However, the rock on which Dumbledore and Harry apparated was Lemon Rock off the Co. Kerry coast near the Skellig islands – the filmmakers used movie magic to blend it and the Cliffs of Moher footage. The entrance to the Cave of the Inferi was at the Cliffs of Moher and the set designers used casts from within the sea cave in designing their set.

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