The Cliffs of Moher

Along the coast of Co. Clare, the majestic Cliffs of Moher stretch for 8km. At the highest point, they stand at 214m. Standing along the cliffs offers an impressive view of the sea along the coast of Ireland. Landmarks such as the Aran Islands, The Twelve Pins Mountains, Maum Turk Mountains and Loop Head, can all be seen from the Cliffs of Moher.

Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
Photograph by Roger & Sue Diel. Courtesy Clare County Library

As one of Ireland’s most important colony areas for nesting seabirds, under the EU Birds Directive of 1989, the Cliffs of Moher has been named as a Special Protection Area for Birds. Included in this is a 200m stretch of water immediately in front of the cliffs, which serves to protect and maintain the birds feeding area.

It is estimated that some 30,000 birds inhabit the Cliffs of Moher. Some of the bird species you could expect to see include; puffins, hawks, seagulls, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, shags, and coughs.

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