Visiting the Cliffs of Moher is a must for anyone visiting Ireland. It's so beautiful and serene, and there's a reason why it's one of Ireland's number one tourist attractions! Here's my experience with visiting the Cliffs of Moher!
We arrived at the Cliffs of Moher fairly early in the morning. First, we headed into the Visitor's Center, where there was a little gift shop and lots of information on the cliffs themselves. After grabbing some pamphlets about the Cliffs, it was time to explore!
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top tourist attractions and has been featured in movies like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Leap Year and, my favorite, The Princess Bride ("The Cliffs of...Insanity!", anyone?) It was surreal to be visiting there and to feel so small among such beautiful nature.
Again...no tourist excursion is complete without a few model shoots. You're welcome, world. (;
Being an animal lover, I loved the fact that there were cows, just chilling, right on the cliff. Like what a life, right? How cool is it to be the cows that get to life on the Cliffs of Moher? Plus, they were brown cows, which everyone knows are the cutest kinds of cows.
Walking over to the cliffs, it took me by surprise. There is nothing you can do but just stand there and stare. There's just no other option. It's so gorgeous and they seem to stretch on for miles. It's a long way down, and I just couldn't believe the beauty of nature.
Something that I found surprising, and shockingly sad, was that the Cliffs are a place for many suicides in Ireland. It was so sad that there were signs all over the place, asking people to call the Suicide Hotline instead of jumping. I loved that there was a memorial to the people who had died at the Cliffs of Moher. It's such a beautiful place, that it's hard to think of something so sad happening there.
On one side of the cliff is O'Brien's Tower. It's the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher. It was built as an observation tower in the 1800's for the tourists that were coming to visit the Cliffs. Apparently, on a clear day, you can see really far into the distance from the top of it! When we went, it was closed and we weren't allowed inside. But it was still so awesome to see!
If you looked down into the cliffs, you could see SO MANY PUFFINS. I was shocked to learn that puffins were native to this area and loved to live on the cliffs. I didn't think puffins would be native to Ireland, but sure enough, there they were. It was incredible to see!
I think I left a part of my heart at the Cliffs of Moher.