Today’s trail teeters atop the iconic Cliffs of Moher with dramatic and breathtaking views never far away.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most celebrated tourist sites and yet they always manage to live up to (and exceed) the high expectations people arrive with. The footpath stays several metres from the edge, and often with a wall protecting you, but it still sucks your breath away to see the ground fall away to the sea 100-200 metres below you. This sheer face of rock continues for as far as you can see along the coastline.
If you can bear to peer over the edge (while staying on the official gravel footpath – not the mud tracks) you will spot secluded bays and interesting rock formations such as archways and columns that are like a geography textbook brought to life. Beside you is a squawking display of aerobatics as seagulls and other birds ride the thermals around the cliffs they call home.
The route we have prepared turns right after 2.9 kilometres, but the cliffs remain just as impressive further on. If you have enough energy it might be worth continuing further, before returning back the same way to this junction.
There are a few sections of road with no pavement. Walk on the right-hand side facing the oncoming traffic.
The path is rocky in places; take care as these may be slippery, especially when wet.
The cliff-line is unfenced. Be sure to keep away from the edge and stay on the official gravel track, ignoring the temptation to stray onto the mud paths that go perilously close to the edge. On a windy day, this area is very exposed and extra care must be taken.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
Many people park at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre which has several different viewpoints. I don’t believe the views are more impressive than those you will see during this walk, and it is considerably more crowded, however it might be a nice spot to go for lunch, or to capture that exact photo as you have seen it before.
More information available here: https://www.cliffsofmoher.ie
The largest stalactite in Europe is not far away, hanging from the ceiling of Doolin Cave 'like a chandelier'. 7.3 metres long, and formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years, it is just one of the sights you will see on a guided tour of the caves.
More information available here: https://doolincave.ie/
Food and Drink
There are no opportunities to buy food or drink during this walk, so bring everything you need.
If you choose to continue past the turn-off point for this walk, after 2.6 kilometres you will reach the Visitor Centre which has a café, where you can have lunch or snacks before returning the same way to the junction.
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay.
This walk is isolated with no opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.
If you would like a physical map you can buy OSI Discovery Sheets 51 & 57.