Cliffs of Moher

Not as famous as the White Cliffs of Dover, the Cliffs of Moher are the striking image of the rugged west coast of Ireland. A visit to the Emerald Isle without visiting the Cliffs of Moher would be incomplete.

We drove out from Dublin and stayed in the town of Doolin, County Clare. It’s at the northern end of the Cliffs and there is a ferry to the Aran Islands from there. We had wanted take the ferry, but the waves were so violent we couldn’t go.

View from Doolin-Aran ferry
Those look to be very short basaltic columns like in Vik Iceland and Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

The northern end of the Cliffs of Moher

Driving south to the visitor’s center, we passed picturesque Doonagore Castle. The island in the distance is a portion of the Aran Islands.

Doonagore Castle

There is the obligatory visitor’s center and an €6 admission fee. It was April, yet cold and incredibly windy.

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
O’Brien’s Tower
O’Brien’s Tower
O’Brien’s Tower
O’Brien’s Tower

We walked to O’Brien’s Tower, which was built in 1835 specifically for tourism.

Once we had our fill of the striking cliffs, we wanted a quick coffee for the drive to our next destination. We saw a little bit of home in the gas station.

Tim Horton’s?

Tim’s is a Canadian and Michigander staple, yet franchises can’t be found south of Ohio. And we found it in County Clare. It tasted like home.

~ Ferry

Freddy

I'm an engineer, a veteran, and an avid traveler. I agree with Robert Louis Stevenson - "I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."

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