The Cliffs of Moher have over the years become the most iconic natural site in a country with no shortage of natural beauty. So much so that they now attract upwards of 1.5 million visitors a year.
If you would like a more personalised and in depth experience of the cliffs one of these tours may suit you
The walks can be tailored to concentrate on aspects of most interest to the booking party but a general tour will include information on, the geology and natural processes that have gone into creating and shaping the cliffs, the mammals birds and marine life that make their home on and around the cliffs, the plants and wild flowers, the history of human habitation in the area going back thousands of years, the maritime history of the West coast and Aran islands, some aspects of local folklore and perhaps one or two of the more interesting stories from my 11 years working as a Ranger at the Cliffs of Moher.
Cliff of Moher Guided Walks (minimum 2 people)
These are divided into two categories
2 to 3 hour walk covering half the cliffs
4 to 5 hour walk covering almost the entire length of the cliffs.
Burren Hike (minimum 2 people)
Is a roughly 3 hour traverse of Mullaghmore (in my opinion one of the most impressive walks in the Burren.) taking in views of the Burren Uplands and Lowlands. The region consists of hills and valleys with some of the largest stretches of limestone pavement in Europe and as such is a protected habitat. This walk takes place inside the bounds of the Burren National park. Information will be provided on the geology of this region as well as on its unique mix of flora, the extensive human history of the region dating back possibly 12,000 years and the impact this has had on shaping the landscape we see today. If luck prevails we would hope to encounter some of the wildlife that makes its home in the region including Irish Hares and herds of wild goats.
Seashore exploration : 3 hour guided walk of a section of the Atlantic coastline at low tide. Get a chance to explore the extensive biodiversity found along our coastlines with a trained marine biologist. Bookings dependent on tide times – wellingtons or waterproof footwear required.
Slieve League Hike Donegal (minimum 4 people)
The highest sea cliffs in Ireland rising to 1,972 feet and on a clear day take in breathtaking views of Donegal bay and the sourrounding landscape
Is a roughly 4 to 5 hour hike beginning at the car park on the Bunglass road and finishing at the Rusty Mackerel pub at the foot of the mountain.
This walk is more suited to people with a good level of fitness and mobility but is one of the more rewarding walks along the West coast. This is a personal favourite of mine as I grew up in one of the houses closest to the summit (where my family still live) and so spent a childhood playing on these hills – it played a large part in instilling in me the love for Irelands wildlife and nature that I can hopefully impart to anyone who hikes with me. Subjects covered include geology,wildlife, local history, folklore, maritime history and a stop at an old monastic ruin at the mountains summit.
Any groups that are specifically interested in ornithology or flora should be aware that the months April through July are best suited for these subjects.