Cliff of Moher.ie
Everyone in the world has seen the shot above -- the classic Cliffs of Moher, on the northern coast of Clare. The 750 foot cliffs run about five miles along the coast from Hag's Head and have some of the most spectacular views I've ever seen. Since we stayed in nearby Dooliin, we manged to get up early in the monring, before the crowds of tourbusses show up (and believe me, they arrive in herds and disgorge hundreds of tourists at a time!) and had a chance to wander around. .
It was terrifically windy the day we went, buffetting just about everyone on the shore. WHile the cliffs draw away to the south, the "standard" tourist path is to the right and up to the viewing platform (where thesre is a tower) for the best views. THere are huge signs warning people to stay on the path, stay behind the fence -- huge sections of the cliffs have fallen into the sea (even recently -- taking with them a few picnic tables!). Did this stop us from jumping the fence and wandering behind the "danger" sign? Nope! Just call me Danger Girl!
Erosion on the cliifs is constant, and the waves leave stacks of stone that begin to look like leaning chimneys along the shore. On a clear day, you can see the Arran Islands -- and most guidebooks recommend a visit at sunset, when the cliffs are bathes in golden light and look other-worldly.
lost in ireland 2005 travelogue and photos © rfingerson