Cliffs of Moher Tours from Galway
By Viator, September 2013
Carved by a river delta an estimated 320 million years ago, the Cliffs of Moher are now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site and a Special Protection Area for Birds (Common Gulls, Chough, Razorbill and Atlantic Puffins are all common sights), making the site one of Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions.
The most popular way to experience the cliffs is by walking or cycling the coastal trail, running from near the village of Doolin to the evocatively named Hags Head (so called as the headland resembles a woman’s head gazing out to sea). A number of viewing decks are dotted along the route, including O'Brien's Tower, perched at the highest point. With almost vertical sides plummeting into the waves below, looking out over the cliff edge is not for the faint hearted, but it’s worth braving the vertigo for the magnificent views, which take in the nearby Aran Islands and Galway Bay, framed by the distant Twelve Pins and Maum Turk mountain ranges.
As the gateway to western Ireland, Galway makes an ideal base for visiting the Cliffs of Moher and numerous day tours run to neighboring County Clare. Combine it with a trip to nearby Doolin, the traditional music capital of Ireland and Dunguaire Castle, or check out the Burren National Park — another one of Ireland’s most intriguing natural landscapes, formed out of ancient limestone slabs.