If you were to close your eyes and conjure up a vision of Ireland, you may very well imagine an aerial shot from above the Atlantic slowly tracking and zeroing in on a series of impressive cliffs topped with vibrant green grasses.
If thatís the case, you have found some mental ďvideo footageĒ of the Cliffs of Moher in your subconscious. That isnít surprising, the cliffs are one of the most photographed and celebrated natural features of the Island.
The Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare. They seem to jump directly out of the Atlantic to soaring heights and run nearly ten kilometers in length. They are an impressive spectacle and a popular tourist destination.
Although the fort for which the cliffs are named has long been destroyed and replaced by a signaling tower, the area still evokes a strong sense of timelessness, even when visited with a potentially hurried tour group. The area has long been recognized as one of Irelandís most beautiful spots and millions of Irish people and guests have stood atop the cliffs looking out into the sea. It is an Irish trademark, thick with beauty, mystery and history.
The view from atop the Cliffs of Moher is inspiring. It is as if you are hovering 200 meters directly above the sea. Although the area often becomes part of touristís fondest memories of Ireland, that view can be a little too much for those who are easily frightened by heights. You may be on solid land, but the feeling is intense and the lack of any safety railings or barriers can worry the faint of heart.
Tours of the Cliffs of Moher are available. However, many will say that the best way to experience the area is alone. Tours, they argue, never spend enough time in the area to truly appreciate its grandeur. Those who are willing to spend some time along the Cliffs and who feel adventurous enough to explore without guidance can walk the dirt paths and experience some of Irelandís most beautiful countryside on their own terms. Either way, a camera is recommended. You will want to capture some images from this amazing spot.
The signaling tower, OíBrienís Tower is a destination in and of itself. Itís situated near the highest portion of the cliffs and is open to guests from March to October. The view from the tower provides one with an even greater height from which to marvel at the ocean and can provide a fantastic opportunity to look back toward Irelandís green landscape, as well.
If you are traveling to Ireland and want to experience an unforgettable view from one of its most easily recognized and stunning areas, a trip to the Cliffs of Moher is a necessity. Itís uniquely Irish and uniquely beautiful, as well.