Cliffs of Moher
Stretching for 8km (5 miles) as the crow flies the Cliffs of Moher have long enjoyed the status of one of Ireland's most visited tourist attractions – and the visitor centre provides the pivotal point to direct lovers of nature geology and simple beauty in the right direction. The cliffs also form part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. They are made up of various types of perpendicular or overhanging rocks including sandstone siltstone and shale. These cliffs have been broken into the most fantastic forms and eroded into hundreds of caves by the relentless pounding of the Atlantic waves. On a clear day you can see as far as the Aran Islands and Galway Bay over to the Twelve Bens (aka The Twelve Pins) in Connemara and south to distant Loop Head and the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Irish politician Cornelius O’Brien realized the outstanding vista to be had from the cliffs and so built O’Brien’s Tower near to the highest point back in 1835. Today the viewing platform on the roof still offers one of the best coastal panoramas on the island.