Visit: Cliffs of Moher, Lislorkan North Latitude: 52.9714578 Longitude: -9.4247540, Liscannor Ireland
Located on county Clare’s west coast, the Cliffs stretch for 8 kms/5 miles and 214 metres/700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. The Cliffs of Moher are a Signature Discovery point at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. You will be grasping for superlatives when you witness the unimaginable beauty of the Cliffs: Ireland at its most natural, rugged, panoramic and majestic – the vista is incomparable. The beauty of the Cliffs is that they offer a totally multi-faceted experience of Ireland’s astonishing west coast – as much a historical landmark as they are a geographical wonder, conservation hotspot and area of immense natural richness and importance.
Just north of the Cliffs of Moher you will find the Burren – a dramatically beautiful Karst landscape. Together, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren form the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark. On 9th March 2016 the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark was recognised as a global leader in sustainable destination development. The Geopark was named winner of the Destination Leader award by the National Geographic in their prestigious awards programme, the World Legacy awards.
Flora and Fauna
Over 60,000 seabirds can be seen at the Cliffs during the breeding season including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, and fulmars nesting at different levels of the Cliffs. The Cliffs provides one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland- offering you the chance to view over 35 different bird species. The Cliffs are a special protected area (SPA) for seabirds under the EU birds directive and are also home to other bird species such as peregrine falcon, choughs and ravens. There is nowhere else on the mainland of Ireland where you can easily see such a host of nesting seabirds from accessible viewing points on the grounds of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience or from the sea on the Cliffs of Moher cruises from Doolin.
You’ll see that the plants growing on and around the Cliffs are tough and hardy to survive the prevailing winds and thin soils. You can see seaweed and lichens on the rocks, while mosses and liverworts cling to the cliff face along with wild flowers and grasses such as scurvy grass, sheep’s bit, sea pink and sea campion.
The eco –friendly visitor centre opened in 2007 and is nestled into the hillside offering an all -weather experience. Inside you will find cafes, gift shops, ATM, first aid room, and visitor information. Information guide leaflets are available in 13 languages. The award winning “Cliffs Exhibition” presents the geology, wildlife and human aspects of the Cliffs. Don’t miss the child friendly interactive area and the Green Screen ‘postcards from the edge’ where you can take a short video clip of your visit. There is disabled and bicycle parking available and the whole site is wheelchair accessible.