Cliffs of Moher
The next day we saw the cliffs of Moher which has an amazing view and an observation tower. The cliffs take their name from an old promontory fort called Mothar or Moher, which once stood on Hag's Head, the southernmost point of the cliffs, now the site of Moher Tower. The cliffs consist mainly of beds of Namurian shale and sandstone with the oldest rocks being found at the bottom of the cliffs. It is possible to see 300-million-year-old river channels cutting through, forming unconformities at the base of the cliffs. This gave the rocks an ancient yet magical feelingThere are an estimated 30,000 birds living on the cliffs, representing more than 20 species. These include Atlantic puffins, which live in large colonies at isolated parts of the cliffs and on the small Goat Island, and razorbills. The site is an Important Bird Area.We spent about one and a half hour there. I did not want to leave the place but also wasn’t willing to miss out on all the other things that there were to view. I realized that sometimes no matter how much you like a place, it is important to move on and see new places. I was tired of the place but I knew that the view was as magnificent as before. With not much time remaining, this is all we could do on this spontaneous trip. I want to have more trips like this which are spontaneous and impulsive. This felt better and more adventurous than most of my other planned trips. I do have to visit Ireland again to see all that is left out. Soon!
Take a day off to explore the ancient islands of Inismore, Inisheer & Inismaan - the trio that makes up the spectacular Aran Islands off the coast of Galway. Inismore is the clear winner here and the most visited island. Brilliant location to experience breath-taking beauty, have a brush with ancient history and even learn some Gaelic (if you are planning a longer stay)
Cliffs of Moher Walking Trail
The stunning Cliffs of Moher - iconic value of this monument is highlighted quite simply by the fact that it is the first major 'tourism advertisement' you encounter after stepping off a plane at Dublin Airport! The awe-inspiring beauty of this place is often harangued by the ceaseless hordes of travelers that arrive in coach-loads; however, like every other tourist attraction in Ireland, a little effort & research, will gift you your own private spot to soak in this unbelievable monument. HINT: Look for Hag's Head!