Sunset at the Cliffs of Moher

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Cliffs of Moher at Sunset

Sunset at the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland


I previously wrote about my visit to Slieve League in County Donegal, the highest marine cliffs in Ireland, along with the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are part of the Wild Atlantic Way that runs for 2,500km along Ireland's western seaboard.

Growing up in Ireland and visiting many parts of the country regularly the cliffs, located close to Liscannor in the west of County Clare, were always one of the main tourist attractions. For many years, and even today the cliffs have been regularly written about as being the highest marine cliffs in Europe. Unfortunately, they are not the highest in Europe, nor are they the highest in Ireland, my Slieve League article explains that at 214m the Cliffs of Moher are only one third of the height of Donegal's eroded mountain.

Not the highest in Ireland? Well, it doesn't matter because they form some of the most impressive coastline to be found on the island, stretching for several kilometres there are plenty of vantage points to watch the glow of sunset light striking the layered sedimentary rocks some dating back 300 million years.

On this occasion, as was the case for most of September 2014 the weather was calm and warm, unseasonably so. Little wave action could be seen on the Atlantic several hundred feet below and there was almost no wind. The sun set behind a large bank of cloud sitting on the horizon but before it set there was a warm coloured glow striking the long vista of cliffs.

You can find out more about the cliffs here, Panoramic Ireland organise private and small group photography experiences throughout Ireland including The Cliffs of Moher - to find out more send me an email via the contact page.

Last modified on Sunday, 23 December 2018 23:07
Darren McLoughlin

International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

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