5 Things You Don't Know About... the Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs_of_Moher_Ireland_54917480Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
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Get ready to immerse yourself in Irish food, folklore, and fun in a uniquely majestic landscape.

Don’t let the steep drops scare you away: The landscape around these iconic cliffs in Ireland will warm you with traditional music and a taste of Irish hospitality.

1. THE CLIFFS WERE CARVED BY ICE 

The 700-foot limestone Cliffs of Moher, stretching five miles and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in County Clare, Ireland, were carved during the last Ice Age.

2. THERE'S A HIKING TRAIL 

Explore rolling hills and vertigo-inducing views on the 28-mile Burren Way hiking trail (irishtrails.ie).

3. THERE'S A VISITORS CENTER

The excellent visitors center is a good place to start your visit (cliffsofmoher.ie).

4. NEARBY DOOLIN WELCOMES DINERS AND MUSIC LOVERS

The tiny nearby town of Doolin, on the coast, is home to several pubs where high-quality traditional Irish folk music is on tap nightly; boat tours of the cliffs depart from Doolin.

5. THERE'S A CASTLE NEARBY

Kick it old school at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where you’ll eat with your hands at a torch-lit table (admission about $11, banquet tickets from about $52, shannonheritage.com).

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