by Joe Dorish on 12/04/09 at 4:57 am
Roughly one million people visit here every year.
The cliffs of Moher are located in the parish of Liscannor in County Clare, Ireland, bordering the Burren Area. They are the most popular tourist attraction in Ireland and are visited by some 1 million tourists per year.
The cliffs rise roughly 400 feet above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head and run for roughly 5 miles and are composed mainly of shale and sandstone. Their high point of 700 feet is just north of O’Brien’s Tower. The Tower was built by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Ireland’s High King Brian Boru, in 1835 to impress female visitors and no doubt it worked.
The views from the cliffs are spectacular and on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.
The ruins of Moher Tower stand at Hog’s Head and it is believed the tower was built by the British during the Napolean era as a watchtower for the French invasion which never materialized. Today the ruins are used as a refuge by visitors to the Cliffs of Moher who become stranded on the southern cliff path during storms that whip in off the Atlantic.
(Inside Moher Tower)
In 2007, the “Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience” was opened. This 32 million pound exhibit includes an IMAX-type multimedia show that allows visitors to experience a bird’s eye view from the cliffs and to see inside caves at the foot of the cliffs. Ferry trips are available that allow tourists to view the Cliffs of Moher from sea level and at the base of the cliffs it is possible to see the carvings of 300 million year old river channels.
Image via Wikipedia
Walks along the top of the cliffs are a must for any visitor but there are no real safety barriers along most of the cliffs so care must be taken. Sadly some people do commit suicide by leaping from cliffs (Most Popular Suicide Sites).
Roughly 30 bird species live on and around the Cliffs of Moher and bird populations are believed to be over 30,000. Included are Atlantic Puffins, hawks, gulls, guillemots, shags, ravens and choughs.
The Cliffs of Moher are simply spectacular and not to be missed if you visit Ireland.
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