Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, complete visit

You are going to discover the best way to
visit the Cliffs of Moher on the wild west coast of Ireland, the country’s most popular
natural attraction – spectacular sea cliffs 700 feet high, dropping vertically into the
Atlantic Ocean, with a trail along the edge and numerous vistas from which you can enjoy
it. We’ re going to show you some of the best
angles, with tips so that you can get the most out of your experience. This movie was photographed during three different
visits to provide you with an in-depth look at different times of day and weather conditions. If you’re coming down from Galway it’s a one
hour scenic drive, or you could take a public bus which takes two hours. The area’s extreme beauty has made it a big
magnet for most Irish tourists. About 1 1/2 million people are visiting each
year, and that number is growing pretty rapidly. They’ve developed a new visitor center and
strict barrier walls to deal with the situation and provide a safe and pleasant experience
for the visitors. Not only is it a visual feast but it’s a real
physical experience of being here at the edge of a cliff, and yes, you can go right up to
the edge. You need to be very careful. Don’t get too close to the edge, and watch
your footing, but you will be fine. Take your time. Sit down and soak in the view. We’re showing the vista from the south side
of the visitor center and there’s also the view from the north side of the visitor center,
so you have two different angles to enjoy it from. Depending on the time of day, one angle is
usually better than the other one, based on position of the sun. Afternoon sun is over the ocean, lighting
up the view looking south. In the morning there’s better lighting when
you’re looking north. A good strategy followed by most is start
out at the visitor center which is cleverly built semi-underground, then walk up to the
main observation area. It’s a gentle uphill walk with low stairs
and a well-paved walking path. It’s the most popular route up to that viewing
tower, but many visitors only take this path instead of also going to the left which is
even more spectacular, as we’ll be showing you. It’s the thrilling route that goes right alongside
the cliff. Be sure you have at least one hour, although
two hours is much better so that you can experience both viewpoints. Be especially wary if you have any kind of
fear of heights. You can easily stay in from the edge. Otherwise, you can walk along and enjoy the
view looking down, but always taking great care. On the map you’ll see the route that most
people start with, passing the visitor center and going up those stairs, and then head south
where you get to walk along the cliff and get a different experience altogether, which
is usually more spectacular than that first viewpoint. The blue arrow pointing up those main steps,
and the red arrow pointing towards the cliff walk we will get to in a minute, but first
let’s take you up that main vista. Then you can easily walk along up that slight
hill to the main viewpoint, which is also really quite nice. It’s a bit uphill, but there is an efficient
series of steps and ramps that will bring you right up there, up to O’Brien’s Tower. From here you get a really commanding view
looking at that classic lineup. You could pay a small fee to walk up to the
top of O’Brien’s Tower for a slightly better view, but not much different from the
main walkway. You’ll have best lighting in the afternoon,
especially if you come after 4 PM when it’s a bit less crowded. But no matter the weather, the crowds, or
the restrictions, you’ll still love it. At midday, sometimes the lighting from this
side is not so great. In late afternoon it’s fine, but at midday
when most people visit, you also want to go around to the south side for better lighting
and that thrilling walk along the top of the cliff. To get to the south side viewing just follow
the paved sidewalk and then you will be leaving the grounds of the Cliffs of Moher visitor
center onto what’s called the Unsupervised Path. Use extreme caution beyond this point. “And you’ll have some excellent lighting
over here and you can also walk quite close to the edge and look down. It’s very dramatic. Very scenic, it just takes about 10 minutes
from the visitor center and you’ll have that sunnier view with much better lighting on
the cliffs.” You’ll see there’s an inner and outer path
with a stone barricade separating the two. It’s easy to climb over the barricade or just
step through various gaps in the stone fence. And most people, it seems, enjoy walking on
that path closer to the edge. While you do have permission to walk on the
dirt path, the park does offer several warnings: stay on the official trail, and do not wander
to the cliff edge, wear appropriate footwear, check the weather before accessing the trail
to ensure the conditions are suitable, and sometimes, hang onto each other. Well we had beautiful weather today – visiting
in the month of May, perfect sunshine, ideal conditions. As you walk along further, the view keeps
changing, always getting better and better. “And when you come around a little further
on the south side, you get even more of a sweeping panorama of the cliffs. “This only takes you about 20 minutes from
the visitor center, so it’s something you don’t want to miss. This is easy, scenic path out from the visitor
center continues along for about half a mile, always with fascinating views in both directions. And if you’re a hardcore hiker, you could
continue south for another couple of miles all the way down to Hags Head. That will provide many more breathtaking views
on a relatively level hike and then you can take a shuttle bus back to the Visitor Center
when you’re done. There is a well-defined trail along the cliff
the entire way. But for most casual park visitors this is
far enough. You don’t need to go up that final slope uphill
to the top point, because the view you get up there is about the same as the view you’re
getting from the lower point. So it makes a lovely round-trip walk. You could do this portion in a half-hour if
you want, or maybe stretch it out to sit down and enjoy the views, and take a lot of pictures
along the way, stretch it into one hour If you like. If you have that time it would be worthwhile
to go slowly. This is surely one of the great views on our
planet. And yes, it has been named such in various
polls. Now you can see my secret of how I am getting
these shots looking out over the edge. I have my camera out on a pole, so I’m not
really walking that close to the edge – just sticking the camera out for you. But it is wonderful that you can actually
get that close to the edge, enjoying a slightly scary scene and yet feeling quite safe. Anybody who can walk can enjoy this adventure. And yet many visitors fail to take this walk. They arrive, they go to the visitor center,
they’ll walk up the staircase ramp to the tower as we’ve shown you, but walking along
this dirt trail is really something very special. And it is so easy and safe to do. Follow the path back and exit from this unsupervised
path, easily following the stone paved routing. Maybe take a break for lunch, and then down
some steps and around the bend. Overall you’re going to find that the Cliffs
of Moher provide a spectacular visitor experience. And now I’ve got a historical flashback to
show you. Notice the stone ledge down below. It used to be, in the old days, that you could
actually walk out on that ledge to get an amazing view looking straight down the cliffs,
but because of security and safety measures, they blocked it off now. I’ve got some rare old footage that shows
how it used to be to share with you. In the last century, it was possible for visitors
to get close to the edge, but it just got too crowded and became too dangerous, so they
blocked it off. A view from another angle of that same forbidden
ledge and the current recommended viewing area above it. From this vantage point, you can look straight
down, in fact, you’re beyond straight down, where we are now. We’re on a little ledge that’s hanging
out over the top of the cliff. And it’s truly bizarre, to look down. You’re looking down about 800 feet, and it’s
one of the most dizzying experiences you can ever have. It’s really fabulous. But to be here in person and get this feeling
of vertigo and exhilaration and excitement is something beyond all description and beyond
all picture. It’s one of the most, it is the most incredible
feeling of height that I’ve ever had. It’s just too much. You’re clinging onto the rocks so that you
don’t fall off. It’s a sheer thrill. This is the highest sea cliff in Europe. (Music plays)
That’s how it was twenty years ago. But the experience today is still quite magical. The view looking down those cliffs is one
of the great sights of the world. In fact, in one recent survey it was named
the world’s best vista. It’s still possible to get close to the cliff,
if you get away from this visitor viewing area, as we’ve already shown. The cliffs extend for 8 kilometers south from
here, and there is a nice hiking trail that you can walk along, and you will soon find
places where you can look straight down. Just be careful. These restrictions on viewing bring up the
much bigger concept that tourism in large numbers is affecting the sites. Worldwide, places are getting more crowded,
so the lesson is get out and travel now before it gets even more crowded. And when you’re done, if you have time left,
hopefully you can enter the Visitor Center, which has a wonderful multimedia display of
the history, the geography and the geology of the area. You’ll learn about the puffins and 20 other
bird species that live in the area, with 30,000 pairs of breeding birds. Sit in the small theater for the wraparound
video display about life above and below the ocean waters in the cliff area. It’s all included in your admission fee to
the park. This visitor center is something that you
do not want to miss, and also they have got a snack bar, a café and a gift shop with
a nice range of Irish souvenirs. Nearby is a well that supposedly has healing
powers. It’s in a tiny grotto whose walls are thick
with holy pictures representing various saints. It’s devoted to Brigid who was originally
a Druid goddess and then later Catholic saint with healing powers. This is part of our series on Ireland which
we have visited many times and have lots of movies available in our collection, especially
focusing on the west side of Ireland visiting Connemara, Galway, Dingle, Kinsale, Killarney,
Cashel and other points in between. We upload a new movie every week so please
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  1. Muhammad Sheraz

    Wao Great views, scenery, just love it. Thanks for sharing denniscallan, you are doing a Great job. God bless you. Much love and respect from Pakistan. 🌍🌹

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