The Cliffs of Moher

Picture of Eleonora Giudici

Current location: Liscannor

A small day-trip to the Cliffs

In early August when I was still in my beloved Ireland, one of my best friends came to visit me. As a result, a few weeks earlier I planned our entire itinerary and could not forget the Cliffs Of Moher.

The Cliffs Of Moher (Aillte an Mhothair, which means “Cliffs Of Ruin,” in Irish) have impressive data we need to remember: they are 8 kilometers long and reach a maximum of 214 meters in height.

Walking while overlooking the sea is a powerful sensation: it seems to be the end of the world and the view reaches the maximum intensity when you are enlightened by the colours of the sunset. Most tourists have already resumed the way back, and the peace is broken only by the flight of birds, by the sound of the wind and the waves crashing on the rocks.

Being so scenic they were also the location for many famous films and films such as Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, the Fantastic Story and Ryan’s daughter.

The Leap of the Foals

Once upon a time, Ireland was ruled by a magical tribe called Tuatha Dé Danann.

Legends say that they were tall, handsome and clever people with ancient magical powers.
When St. Patrick brought Christian dogmas to Ireland and started preaching, people began to abandon the old pagan rituals.

This made the Tuatha Dé Danann very angry.

So angry that they transformed into horses and galloped to the Burren. Here they hid in the caves of Kilcornan. Hundreds of years passed, but the horses remained hidden from human eyes because they felt too offended by their new costumes.

Thus, one day seven foals ventured out of the caves, wanting to explore the land. After so many years
in the dark, the foals were surprised by the dazzling sun reflected off the Atlantic Ocean. Unable to see where they were going, the foals galloped along the Cliffs Of Moher and straight
over the edge, plummeting to their death in the dashing waves below.

The headland where the foals met their tragic fate became known as Aill na Searrach –
the “Cliff of Foals.”

How to reach it

As you may have noticed, the cliffs Of Moher are not easily accessible; in fact. they are a remote and unspoilt place and for this reason it is essential to organise very well with transport. If you have the time and the possibility, the best way to get there is by car. In Dublin, if you are 25 or older with a valid driver’s licence you can rent any type of vehicle you want, namely car, motorcycle or van, without any kind of problem. If you are less adventurous and have only one day to visit this place, I strongly recommend you to book tickets with Paddywagon Tours.

Last but not least, bring an umbrella and a waterproof jacket to be sure you don’t drown: sudden thunderstorms and bad weather happen more than we think.


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