Our recent trip to Ireland put the Cliffs of Moher at the top of our list, and it did not disappoint. The Cliffs of Moher is truly one of the most incredible places, that you cannot explain until you have seen it. Logan and I spent six hours at the Cliffs of Moher, yes six- and it flew by so fast!
For our mini tour of Europe, we decided to start our trip in Ireland and then work our way south to our other destinations. I am happy we started with cooler temps, before moving to Santorini, The Amalfi Coast, and Lake Como. But, we had incredible weather in Ireland, and we were so fortunate as they have had a terrible winter. We were lucky enough to only pack light jackets, and enjoy the incredible views without freezing. Because I was completely clueless and unsure what to expect at the Cliffs of Moher, I wanted to share a few tips that Logan and I learned from our trip!
Prepare for unexpected weather:
When Logan and I arrived in the afternoon, there was a large crowd and a huge amount of fog. To be honest, we were sad because the visibility was so low and you could hardly see anything. Thankfully, since we had dedicated a full day to the Cliffs of Moher, we decided to take a break for lunch and hope that the fog cleared up. Magically around five o’clock, the visibility turned around completely, you could now see for miles, and the sun even came out! At this time, everyone had left and we basically had the Cliffs of Moher to ourselves! I think that this might have just been good luck, but we are so happy that we stuck it out because it was a completely different experience. If you encounter fog, I would suggest sticking it out- you won’t regret it!
Go in the late afternoon
We got to the Cliffs of Moher at about one o’clock and it was packed. I feel as though that is when all the tour buses started to arrive, and everyone began venturing out for the day. In our experience, by about 5 o’clock there was hardly anyone on the Cliffs! At that time, everyone is heading home for food and tired from a long day of walking. There is also better opportunities for photos with less direct sunlight, and an incredible sunset worth documenting!
Wear layers and comfortable shoes
I feel like this might be a given, but when I was searching for “What to wear in Ireland,” I was coming up with zero results. I was thankful that I had a light jacket in the morning, but as the fog began to clear and the sun came out- I was happy to shed some layers! Since Logan and I decided to stay at the Cliffs of Moher for 6 hours, and walk about 7 miles, I am thankful that I was wearing comfortable shoes. I bought these Adidas Gazelle sneakers right before our trip, and they were perfect for the Cliffs! All of my exact outfit details are linked below.
I wore my Fossil Smart Watch while we visited the Cliffs of Moher, and it tracked Logan and I walking a total of 7 miles that day! When I felt like stopping, I am so happy that Logan made me keep going. The further and further that we got the less people and the more incredible view. So, keep walking!
Take your time
The Cliffs of Moher are truly breathtaking, and will take up a great portion of your day! The view never gets tiring. If you are planning a trip to Ireland, I would consider blocking off a greater part of a day for your visit to the Cliffs. Logan and I planned an entire day around the Cliffs of Moher because we knew that we would want to stop, and soak it all in. I didn’t quite expect to spend six hours there, however that was mostly due to us waiting about an hour or two for the fog to clear. I am thankful that we didn’t have anything to rush to and we were able to take our time, keep walking, and enjoy the view!
Don’t sit too close to the edge
Kind of kidding, because I feel like this is a given- but it was not!! Logan and I were shocked the entire time watching people sitting on the edge that was clearly marked with signs reading, “recent mudslide, please stay back from the edge.” At the beginning of the hike up to the Cliffs, there is a memorial that was dedicated to those that have lost there lives at the Cliffs of Moher. That memorial was enough to scare me into staying far, far away from the edge! I was worried about safety before arriving, but I felt completely safe the entire time. There is plenty of space between the edge and the walking paths, but if you want to test the limits or are a dare-devil there are no boundaries holding you back!
I hope that you found this post useful for a trip to the Cliffs of Moher! If you are heading to Ireland in the future, I would love to answer any questions.
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