While the iconic cliffs of Moher are not actually in county Cork, they’re not far either and are a must for anyone in the area. Stretching for five miles along the wild Atlantic coast and standing up to 214 meters high, this natural phenomenon has become one of Ireland’s most popular attractions. Indeed, record numbers of visitors braved the elements to stand atop the ancient cliffs last year.
How to get there
If you have your own vehicle, it should take about two and a half hours to get to the cliffs from Cork. Head in the direction of Limerick on the N20 and then take the M18 and N85 all the way to Lahinch. From here follow the R478 and signs for the cliffs. Be aware that due to increased popularity, the area can be very crowded during peak times. For public transport, a bus can be taken from Cork airport, or take a train to Galway, where you can jump on a bus to the cliffs.
Things to do
Obviously, viewing the cliffs will be high up on your to do list! Head for the Main Platform for a fantastic view of the south cliffs and Hags head. The North Platform is the highest point of the cliffs and offers spectacular views out to Galway bay and the Aran islands. The South Platform provides the chance to see puffins on the grassy Goat Island. Guided tours can be arranged but should be booked a week in advance. This is a great way to learn all about the special geology and history of these epic cliffs. Keen birdwatchers will be able to tick a great many cliff nesting sea birds off their lists as they observe the many species that dwell in the area. Coastal trails and walks can be enjoyed by hikers, with talking telescopes dotted all along the well maintained tracks.
See the cliffs by sea
Head for the small, charming village of Doolin to embark on a boat trip to the foot of the cliffs. The view is even more stunning than from above!