The Cliffs of Moher (Ireland’s Western Coast)
Today’s highlight included a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, located along Ireland’s western coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean. If you were to scale the cliffs, dive into the ocean, and then begin swimming due southwest, well — the fall would most certainly kill you. But if you’re Superman and the fall didn’t instantly turn your torso into a life raft, then Atlantic City would be 3,200 miles across the water.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited attractions, and it’s easy to see why. There are two ways to see the towering rocky ridge — either by sea or from high above overlooking the sea. We opted for the sea journey.
A ferry ride took us out, which lasted about 90 minutes. The total cost was 20 euros per person. I’d say the trip was well worth it.
Here are a few snapshots from the ocean, looking upward towards the cliffs.
What you can’t see are the thousands of birds which have burrowed their nests into the rock. Also the swells are quite violent. Standing upright on the boat is difficult at times, since it sways so heavily you might fall down (I only fell once). What’s really moving was seeing and hearing the crash of the waves onto the cliffs. The only comparable experience I’ve had was a boat trip to the base of Niagara Falls. Fortunately, we didn’t get too wet on this visit.