Ireland is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful country. Aside from Washington state (where I call home), I’ve never seen so much green in my entire life. That’s exactly why Johnny Cash wrote ‘Forty Shades of Green‘ on a trip to Ireland. On top of all the green, there are a bunch of great places to see in Ireland. None of the tourist attractions are more impressive than the Cliffs of Moher though.
My mom and I only spent three days in Ireland, but we made sure one of those days was spent seeing the Cliffs of Moher. We stayed in Dublin and we didn’t rent a car, so we had to book a day trip through a tour group (the Cliffs of Moher are 165 miles southwest of Dublin). I would highly recommend doing the same thing. The tour group plans the entire trip for you (you can sit back and relax), you get to see several tourist attractions along the way, the tour guide shares great information, and lastly, you don’t have to drive on the NARROW roads near the cliffs. I don’t know who designed the streets in that area of Ireland (or when — maybe back when there were horses and buggies), but you can hardly squeeze cars past each other on a two-lane road. It was honestly nerve-wracking at times — and I wasn’t even driving.
I promise to share all the details about our day trip in Ireland in a different post, but for now I just want to focus on the Cliffs of Moher by themselves. They’re so darn impressive that they deserve it…
That’s what it feels like to be standing near the Cliffs of Moher. I shot that video to give you at least a glimpse of what it’s like to be there. Unfortunately, that clip doesn’t do the cliffs justice (even though I hope it still portrays how awesome they are). The Cliffs of Moher were honestly one of the coolest sights my eyes have ever seen.
Named after an old fort that once stood on the site, the Cliffs of Moher rise 702 feet above the Atlantic Ocean at their peak. The cliffs have their place in popular culture too. They’ve been featured in movies (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Princess Bride, and Leap Year) and several music videos (most popularly in Maroon 5′s ‘Runaway’ video). On top of all that, the Cliffs of Moher are the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland with nearly one million visitors a year.
There are tons of birds flying around the Cliffs of Moher, including puffins – I thought that was pretty cool. The birds make for a cool atmosphere, because you can hear their calls screaming through the cliffs. When add some tunes from local musicians (trying to collect a Euro or two from tourists), the smell of the ocean, and a cool breeze off the Atlantic, you have an experience that hits all your senses at the Cliffs of Moher.
If I’m ever lucky enough to visit Ireland again, I would definitely take a Cliffs of Moher boat cruise. I can only imagine how incredible the cliffs look from the water up. It’s officially added to my checklist, and you should think about adding it to yours as well.
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