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Sailing Schedule:
1 April to 31 October

Cliffs & Aran Cruises
Doolin Pier,
Co. Clare.
Ireland.
Tel:
(065) 7075949
Mob: 087 2453239
info@doolin2aranferries.com

Cliffs of Moher
(Ailltreacha Mothair)

Our 1 hour cruise will take you on a voyage of discovery along this 8km shoreline and a more enjoyable, enriching, and fulfilling experience you will not find on the Irish coastline. As you approach the Cliffs on the southern tip of Galway Bay and the Burren, you will gaze in awe at the scale and uniqueness of this natural phenomenon.

We would like to thank Carrie (one of our passengers)
for permission to use her video!


Approaching from Doolin

The Cliffs of Moher rise from the Atlantic Ocean to a height of 214 meters and extend for a distance of 8km from Hag's Head due west of Liscannor to a point beyond O'Brien's Tower where the cliffs reach their highest point.

They take their name from a ruined fort on the headland, Mothar, which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower in the 1800s.

The sediments which now form the rocks of the cliffs were laid down by rivers onto an ancient sea-bed about 320 million years ago. The cliffs are formed from layers of siltstone, shale and sandstone with the oldest rocks found at the bottom of the cliffs. The sandstones are more resistant to erosion than the siltstones and these layers jut out more from the cliff face.


An Bhreannán Mór

An Bhreannán Mór is an impressive 70m high stack or rock pillar which is below O'Brien's Tower.

At the stack, you can see right up close the many different species of sea birds who make their home at the cliffs.


Birds nesting on the sea stack

The Cliffs of Moher are Irelandís largest seabird colony and have been designated as a Special Area of Conservation by the EU They are home to about 30,000 birds.

The most famous seabirds are the Atlantic Puffins, which live in large colonies at isolated and grassy parts of the cliffs.
Puffin  
   



O'Brien's Tower

O'Brien's Tower was erected in 1853 by Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland, as an observation point on the highest point of the cliffs.

From here on a clear day you can see as far as the Kerry Mountains, the Aran Islands and the Twelve Bens of Connemara.



Hags Head


Hag's Head is a large rock formation above a sea arch which resembles a seated woman looking out to sea. The point affords spectacular panoramic views of cliffs, sea caves and the ocean.

Click here to read about the legend of the Hag.


Signal Tower


This point also has a Napoleonic signal tower built around 1806. Signal towers were built to keep watch on the coast for any sign of the French during the Napoleonic Wars.

At any sign of an invading ship, signals would be passed to the next tower and so on back to the commanding station. The next tower on the coast should be visible in each direction.
(Information courtesy of www.signaltowersireland.com)