It feels like the edge of the world sometimes in the Wild West of Ireland. The landscape edged with oceanic foam. Dramatic drops off into the sea framed by stone made famous by film, song, and story. One of the most spectacular sights along the wild Irish coast are the Cliffs of Moher. A few of you might remember from our previous blog– the Cliffs of Moher were featured in movies such as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Princess Bride.
Best seen perhaps via Our Best of the Wild West Tour, the Cliffs of Moher are often one of the most popular stops in all of Ireland – especially its Wild West. The Cliffs are so much more than a scenic photo destination, however – one might argue that there is something present for everyone who visits.
Take, for example, the different ways one can view the Cliffs – whether you’re standing by the side of the Cliffs from the land or taking them in from the sea [via an optional ferry when the WWIT minibus zips over to the town of Doolin], the view is spectacular.
Geology fans are delighted by the famous “sea stack” which is even more impressive from the water. Or the wealth of different types of stone & fossils in the cliffsides. History enthusiasts might prefer popping into the visitor center & museum nearby.
A little fun fact for you before you dive into the Cliffs’ history, the name “Moher” actually comes from the Irish Gaelic “Mothar”, referring to a “ruined fort”. This possibly refers to the jagged Cliffs themselves or to the Moher Tower nearby.
Nature-lovers can thrive on an adventurous coastal stroll along the cliffside and take in the countless flora and fauna. If nature-lovers partake of the Cliffs by sea, they might just catch a glimpse of a porpoise or seal.
While we can’t guarantee a selkie, there’s also quite a few myths and legends hanging around the cliffs. Ireland’s own “Atlantis”, the sunken city of Kilstiffen, is said to be somewhere just beyond the edge of the Cliffs. And perhaps some mermaids, witches, and more. Moher and more, you might say!
So whether you’re up for a hike or just content to sail the Cliffs by sea; Wild West Irish Tours’ Wild Atlantic Coast Tour has you covered.
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Until next time, be well!
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