Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are located on the west coast of Ireland, close to Liscannor village in County Clare.
The Cliffs take their name from a ruined promontory fort ‘Mothar’ – which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars in the early 1800’s, to make room for a signal tower at Hag’s Head. The word ‘Mothar’in old Gaelic means ‘the ruin of a fort’.
The Cliffs stretch for 8km (5 miles) as the crow flies.
The Cliffs reach 214m (702 feet) in height at their highest point.
On a clear day the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara as well as the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry, are all in view.
The Burren is one of the finest examples of a Glacio-Karst landscape in the world. 1500 hectares of the Burren National Park contain all the major habitats of the region, limestone pavement, hazel scrub, deciduous woodland, wetlands and species-rich grassland. Botanically, the Burren is fascinating, with flowers from Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean regions growing together. The highest point, 207 metres at Knockanes continues as a curving terraced ridge to Mullaghmore. There are 7 way-marked trails of varying length and difficulty through the park.
The Visitor Information Point provides an educational and interactive experience, covering the geology, flora, fauna and the importance of farming and management of this landscape.