March 2016 – Irish Impressions, #4


Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

The Cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. The Cliffs rise to 214 metres (702 feet) at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres (5 miles) over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of Co. Clare. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.

The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower at Hag’s Head.

The secret of how the Cliffs formed… about 320 million years ago, during a time called the Upper Carboniferous period, when this area was much warmer and was situated at the mouth of a large river. The river flowed down bringing mud and sand with it, eventually dumping it all over the area where it settled and eventually formed the rock layers you see today.  [Source: Cliffs of Moher brochure]

 

Additional information:

As March 6, 2016 was Mother’s Day in Ireland – Elfe and I each received a voucher for a coffee.

Website:  http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/

 

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16 thoughts on “March 2016 – Irish Impressions, #4

    • The walls make the paths quite safe, Teresa. In former times, you could access a platform without walls – this might have been more dangerous. Certainly spectacular and always changing – imagine the Cliffs of Moher when all flowers are abloom and the sun burns down. Awesome.

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