The Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast


I first visited the imposing Cliffs of Moher in December 2004 when the weather was tumultuous, the sun set early and there were few crowds. My second visit in late May 2010 included tumultuous weather too, but in order to avoid the crowds we went late in the evening at 10.30pm, which just so happens to be when the sun sets during this time of year. 

As we drove over from Galway in the rain and with heavy clouds looming above us, we contemplated more than once about turning back. But when we arrived to a small break in the clouds and the cliffs almost to ourselves, we were glad that we’d continued. The jagged lines of the cliffs against the stormy backdrop are a real sight to marvel at. In the past, some unfortunate people have marveled too closely and fallen over the side; others have jumped with the purpose of ending their lives. (Now there are barriers installed for security with plenty of warning signs).

The tower you can see in the photos is O’Brian’s Tower which at 214 metres marks the highest point of the cliffs. It was built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O’Brian (a descendent of Ireland’s High King Brian Boru) to impress female visitors. I’m sure he’d be pleased to know that it’s impressing visitors of both sexes almost 200 years later.


All images appearing on this blog ( may not be reproduced, copied or manipulated without the written permission of Solange Francois© 2010


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