Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s premier visitor attractions. The cliffs are sheer magnificence towering 214 metres high over the ocean and continue on for 8 kilometres along the Western Seaboard of County Clare. O Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland on the majestic Cliffs. The Cliffs of Moher are home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland.

The area was designated as a Refuge for Fauna in 1988 and as a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive in 1989. Included within the designated site are the cliffs, the cliff-top maritime grassland and heath, and a 200 metre zone of open water, directly in front of the cliffs to protect part of the birds' feeding area. The designation covers 200 hectares and highlights the area's importance for wildlife. Interpretive facilities are present onsite to educate the visitor on many different aspects of the Cliffs.

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