It was a magical and very windy moment looking along the edge of the Cliffs of Moher. The plush green landscape curves along the edge where the waves of the Atlantic crash into the surface below creating one of nature’s most inspiring visions of landscape architecture.
I stopped along the edge witnessing the way nature curated the aesthetically pleasing surroundings while it beckoned me to become part of it’s story. A timeless story located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 120 metres (390ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower. O’Brien’s Tower was built in 1935 by Sir Cornelius O’Brien. The round stone tower is near midpoint of the cliffs.
The base below the cliffs adorned with Namurian shale and sandstone. Along the beach of the cliffs are lines that tell over a 300 million year old story. It is also where many species of birds call home. If I were a bird, I would definitely live here!
It is easy to see why the cliffs are one of the most visited tourists sites in Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher’s notable history in cinema shares the spotlight with several films including The Princess Bride (1987), Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009), and Leap Year (2010). The cliffs have also appeared in several music videos.
It was a mild weather day on the visit to the cliffs and the wind was still quite fierce, nearly knocking me over at times. I can’t imagine what a stormy day must be like. If my footsteps ever lead me to the cliffs again I will be staying long enough to witness a sunset.
There is no way to capture the experience of standing on the edge of the cliffs it is truly a moment I will not forget.