Posted by: danielfee | September 4, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 09-04-2012

O’Brien Tower at Cliffs of Moher – Ireland

Cliffs of Moher – Looking North

The Cliffs of Moher  are located at the southwestern edge of Ireland in the County Clare. The typical photo that you will see is looking south toward Hag’s Head which rises 390 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. But when you turn and look north they reach their maximum height of 702 ft just north of O’Brien’s Tower. O’Brien’s Tower is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien to impress female visitors. The cliffs take their name from an old fort called Moher that once stood on Hag’s Head, the southernmost point of the cliffs. The cliffs consist mainly of beds of shale and sandstone. There are an estimated 30,000 birds living on the cliffs who watch an estimated one million visitors per year who come to look at their cliffs.

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  1. When I was a little girl, I always wanted to live in one of these ruined castles. It’s probably not as much fun or as romantic as it looks.

    • My wife was the same as you, so we stayed in castles on our Ireland trip. They were really nice (4 and 5 star) so I think you would find them to be very romantic. We also visited a few more.

      • I’ve stayed in some castles in Scotland and Spain, but not ruined ones, fixed up ones.

  2. I’ve been to this exact same spot! It is quite spectacular isn’t it? I hear that every year someone meditating and sitting along the edge of the cliffs falls to their death. Not sure if it is true yet there were a lot of people sitting very close!

    • Yes it is spectacular and we had a beautiful clear day. I have had friends complain that it was foggy every time they visited. It wouldn’t surprise me that people fall to their death. It made me nervous when people got so close to the edge.


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