A few weeks ago, I had the chance to do something I always wanted to do. Return to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.
It was only a year ago that I went there for the first time but on that day it wasn’t really sunny and I wanted to see it in another light.
We didn’t even look at the weather forecast of when to go, but we always had the weekends off from working on the farm (WWOOFing) and as the others hadn’t been there yet and it was only an hour car journey away, we went there on our first day of no work. And to our luck, it was a full day of sunshine.
The cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with up to one million visitors every year.
For every one who thinks now, that that can’t be very enjoyable to share the view with so many people, I can tell you, that at the first glance that seems to be
exactly the case.
The main carpark is located at the Visitor Centre and you have to pay 6€ per person (!) not per car.
In my experience the first ten or a bit more minutes in both directions, whether you head to the direction of Doolin or along the main path, are indeed very crowded and you just want to turn back around. Don’t!
The further you walk, the less people you will meet.
And with some luck you can even find yourself alone with the cliffs.
The Cliffs rise to 214m at the highest point and range for 8 Kilometers over the Atlantic ocean. They got their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make place for a signal tower at Hag’s Head.
The cliffs were formed about 320 million years ago, originally the area was situated next to a large river. The river brought mud and sand over the edge and eventually what was dumped settled and formed the massive rock layers.
Despite all the beauty, the Cliffs of Moher, are always a scary place if you think too much. You probably don’t want to know how many people died there, by accident or by choice.
For the people wondering how I managed to take a picture of myself, well I met this nice American (I think) couple. They asked me to take a few pictures of them and insisted on returning the favor.
To be continued …