Thursday, October 21, 2021

IRELAND ~ Cliffs of Moher - County Clare ~

... Amazing view of the mighty and powerful Cliffs of Moher... an important part of the coastal landscape in Ireland... one of the islands most stunning sights and visited natural attractions with over one million visitors each year... a highlight of the very successful tourist route, the Wild Atlantic Way... from the visitor centre, you have the choice of quite a few viewing spots... the 3 main platforms all offer stunning 360° panoramas... on a clear day, you can see all the way to the windswept Aran Islands... being almost vertical, their sheer drop into the Atlantic ocean is a haven for sea birds and makes this site is an important Bird Area... more than 20 species and 30,000 pairs of birds, including adorable Atlantic Puffins and razorbills, live here...  Big Thanks Andrene for fantastic postcard nr2! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Photo:© Liam Blake

The Cliffs are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. Towering 214 meters above the Atlantic Ocean at their highest point and stretching for 8 kilometers along the water.

The rocks that make up the Cliffs of Moher were formed over 300 million years ago during the Upper Carboniferous period.   If you look over the cliff edge, you’ll notice long horizontal layers of rock, also called strata. These layers are made of siltstone, shale and sandstone. Their fractured look was created because of the movement of the tectonic plates on the Earth’s crust.

They are named after an old fort, “Mothar” or “Moher”, which once stood sentry on Hag’s Head to the south.

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark has been designated as a UNESCO site and is one of 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks across the world.


The Waterford Charter Roll
(Issued 23-07-2020)

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