Sunday 5 March 2017

The Cliffs of Moher

One million visitors flock to the Cliffs of Moher each year, named after an old promontory fort called Mothar or Moher.  Located in Clare County, Ireland, the cliffs rise 214 metres above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point, O'Brien's Tower.  From the cliffs, visitors can spot the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins mountain ranges and the the Dingle Peninsula.  The cliffs consist of eight kilometres of Namurian shale and sandstone, with 300 million year old river channels cutting through them.

The Cliffs of Moher are home to 30,000 birds including Atlantic puffins and razorbills.  The puffins arrive at about the end of March.  During the height of nesting season, visitors see hundreds of the puffins.  In spring and summer clusters of wildflowers dot the landscape.

The cliffs of Moher have served as the backdrop in several movies including The Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Leap Year.

Matthew Goode's character proposes to Amy Adams' character in Leap Year courtesy

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