For tourists and lovers of tourist attractions across the world, it is usually said that any trip to Ireland without a detour to the Cliffs of Moher, which form the western border of County Clare is not complete. This is because the Cliff located at the South Western edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland can simply pass as one of the wonders of the world and a visit to the Cliff is a memorable experience for tourists. The Cliff which towers 702 feet above sea level as another wonder of nature has been seen in several box office hits, like “Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince”, and of course “The Princess Bride,” where they were known as the Cliffs of Insanity.
The visitor experience recorded 1.427 million visits in 2016, up 14% in 2015, and up 52% in off-peak December, for example. Numbers of visitors are so large and have grown so fast, that there are capacity problems at times, notably from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during peak season, and visitors are encouraged to come during off-peak times, with discounts given to coach operators who book for off-peak slots, and late opening of the center introduced for July and much of August. The total amount of tourists is about 1.5 million per year. The closest airport in the area is Shannon International Airport which is roughly a 50 minutes drive.
It is recommended that tourists should plan to visit the Cliff during the end of the shoulder season (April and May) or the high summer season (June through August). This is necessary to avoid the crowds, however, plan your trip during the shoulder season: According to the Visitor Center, crowds are particularly thick during the months of July and August.
The hour of your visit can change the experience, too. It is advisable to arrive early in the morning or after 4 p.m. to avoid congestion (and, if you are lucky, catch a spectacular sunset spill across the headlands).
You can access the Cliffs through car rental, public Train Ireland’s public bus system, Bus Éireann, is also an affordable and reliable way to travel around the country. And, for an atypical experience, take a ferry or boat to the Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre which is entirely underneath the ground can offer information about nearby attractions, directions, and tips for having a perfect visit.
The center also houses the Puffins Nest Coffee Shop (perfect for grabbing a hot coffee after a brisk morning walk) and a sit-down restaurant called the Cliffs View Café. Guests can enjoy classic Irish food, including wild Atlantic prawn salads with stout bread and Burren-smoked salmon, while also enjoying views of the cliffs.