The Cliffs of Moher a majestic, remnant of the last ice age, is undeniably Irelands premier visitor attraction with almost a million visitors annually. Their very ‘edginess’ on the western most tip of Europe, the next landfall or parish, as they say here, being all the way across the Atlantic in Boston or New York. A new state of the art visitor centre The Atlantic Edge Experience not only explains the geological background, flora and fauna using interactive media, but also the local history, music and folklore of the area and is an excellent addition to the Cliffs of Moher experience, in that it keeps children of all ages informed, amused and entertained, in what could otherwise be a disappointing experience as often the cliffs are shrouded in mists, fog and rain or as a visitor put it recently 'flying weather'. The animated birds eye view of the cliffs is very funny....
Poised to achieve international recognition and acclaim on the back of a new Irish film called Waveriders Ireland is now being promoted as a premier surf destination, something these cool dudes have known forever. The film features these fearless, crazy surfers chasing the famous 80' high Ailies wave beneath the Cliffs of Moher. Rather them, than me.....
10 Other things to do and see near the Cliffs of Moher.....
1 Atlantis take a bracing walk along the top of the cliffs to try and spot or hear the fabled bells of Ireland's very own lost city of Atlantis. You might also spot some basking sharks which have returned in great numbers off shore.
2 St Brigid’s well about 2 miles south of the cliffs on the right beside the O'Brien monument is a very famous holy well, and a revered place of local pilgrimage every Spring on the 1st of February, but you can visit anytime.....
3 Vaughans Restaurant stop for something to eat in the little seaside village of Liscannor, superb food served all day in a traditional pub atmosphere, excellent pints & deserts!
4 Cliffs of Moher Cruise
take a scenic boat tour along the base of the cliffs, out of Doolin to see the puffin colonies, this is really great and fun to do with plenty of excellent photo opportunities for the snap happy.
5 O'Connors Pub in Doolin, on the go since 1832, famous throughout Ireland and even the world for traditional Irish music sessions or seisuins as they are known as gaelige. Their beef in Guinness stew is not half bad either?
6 Doolin Cave
see the largest stalactite in the northern hemisphere, great Indiana Jones style adventure (limited to 15 at a time so book early online) we're talking hard hats with torches, yea....
7 Aloha Surf
try your hand at surfing or improve your skill with a lesson from the pros at Fanore Beach, one of
Irelands 10 Best Beaches
or stop into O'Donohue's Pub opposite the post office in Fanore for the best pints of Guinness, chowder, grab claws in garlic, fresh fish & chips this side of the Atlantic.
8 Ballinalackin Castle Hotel
enjoy some good old fashioned Irish hospitality with a stay in this friendly country house hotel with the best breakfast sausages in Ireland.
9 Burren Smokehouse
help yourself to free samples of premium oak smoked salmon & other artisan food goodies in this wonderful little food emporium in Lisdoonvarna.
10 The Wild Honey Inn
enjoy a well earned gourmet lunch or dinner at this wonderful gastro pub which is really making a name for itself with foodies in Ireland.