Cliffs of Moher

Located in County Clare, Ireland, are the famous Cliffs of Moher, and while planning our trip to the Emerald Isle, a trip to the 300 million year-old “bird sanctuary” was high on the list. The site receives nearly one million tourists each year, but is home to an estimated 30,000 different birds, covering about 20 different species. (The birds live in the countless nests that are perched along the wall, and come and go freely, without much fear of predators.)

Traveling through Ireland, my wife and I didn’t plan any “set in stone” itinerary, except for the last couple of days. I knew I really wanted to see the Cliffs of Moher in the afternoon, and hopefully with clear skies. While we worked out our schedule, I saw what day the weather was supposed to be clear, and to the Cliffs we went.

The Cliffs of Moher are amazingly dramatic. One could drive past them one hundred times and never know, on the other side of the hill, is a straight drop down 700 feet (214 meters) to the Atlantic Ocean below.

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