Fun with Photography at the Cliffs of Moher

On November 9, 2013 by Oren and Cassie

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most popular natural attraction, and they are absolutely stunning. The cliffs rise about 700 feet above the water. From the top, you can see the violent waves blasting the exposed stone below. When I first wrote about Ireland, I said you can see Mother Nature’s anger in the Emerald Isle. The Cliffs of Moher are the kind of place I was talking about, and it’s awesome.


The Cliffs of Moher


The only problem with the Cliffs of Moher is the annoying, government-imposed safety wall separating visitors from a fall towards certain death. I love the idea behind safety, but the wall is set too far back and makes good photography (and a good view) impossible. Snap a few pictures at the main spot, turn south (which is left) and keep walking. Ignore the signs that warn you that you’re leaving the cocoon of the park’s safety, get out from behind the wall, and start snapping pictures (like the above photo). This is where the Cliffs are truly breathtaking, stretching out for 8 kilometers along the water.


John does his best heel click in mid-air.


Now that you’re out from behind the Wall of Government, there’s a great spot that slopes up a bit and juts outward. You can get a great view of the cliffs behind you. Now jump. Not off the cliffs, but straight up. Do something silly in mid-air and have someone snap a photo. Because of the way the ground slopes down, it looks like you have a massive vertical leap. Our group had way too much fun with this, snapping umpteen photos of mid-air insanity. I jumped twice, felt my surgically-repaired ACL yelling at me and decided the best idea was to keep my feet planted on Terra Firma.


No, this isn’t a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference. While that’s the greatest book ever written, the movie was weak (except Mos Def, who was awesome). The greatest movie ever made is The Princess Bride. If you haven’t seen it, you are deprived. One of my favorite scenes is the sword fight between the Dread Pirate Roberts and Inigo Montoya. That wasn’t shot here. But the scene before was. The Cliffs of Insanity are actually the Cliffs of Moher. Any time you can connect with such a classic movie on a personal level, it’s a win.



Cassie and Molly celebrating life!

If the weather is awful (or if you’re feeling a bit adventurous), head to Doolin, a small town 6 kilometers north of the Cliffs of Moher. You can catch a boat ride that goes along the cliffs for an amazing perspective. Be warned. We had a friend do this and he said basically everyone on the boat got sick and threw up. The seas here aren’t known to be calm and gentle. At least you get some great pictures!

Check out our Cliffs of Moher gallery.

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