Cliffs of Moher

Like many travellers who visit Ireland, my wife and I included some time at the Cliffs of Moher during our Ireland photography tour.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 30 mm, efov 81 mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-400

Be prepared for some decently long hikes when you visit the Cliffs of Moher. It is also strongly recommended that you stay on the designated paths.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 100 mm, efov 270 mm, f/14, 1/100, ISO-400

As you can see in the photographs above and immediately below, some people have no regard for their personal safety and put their lives at risk by venturing close the edge of the Cliffs of Moher.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 22 mm, efov 59.4 mm, f/14, 1/125, ISO-400

Between January 1993 through to August 2017 the Clare County Coroner Service reported sixty-six deaths at the Cliffs of Moher. Careless visitors, often taking selfies, have fallen off the cliffs and have died. More deaths have been added to the total noted above.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 17 mm, efov 46 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-400

The winds in the area can be quite severe. This has resulted in the cliffs being closed as it is simply too dangerous to walk on the cliffside paths. Some of the unofficial paths are very close to the edge of the cliff and are subject to erosion. This has resulted in some rocks breaking away and taking careless visitors with them to their deaths in the sea below.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 37 mm, efov 100 mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-800

The Cliffs of Moher take their name from an old fort called Mothar or Moher. It was demolished in 1808 to provide building material for a lookout/telegraph tower during the Napoleonic Wars.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-400

The cliffs can be accessed from several pathways, and can also be seen from tour boats. The majority of tourists enter at the official visitor centre.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-400

Towering 214 metres (~702 feet) above the water, the cliffs are one of the most viewed sites in Ireland. Over 1.5 million people visit annually.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 42 mm, efov 113.4 mm, f/11, 1/125, ISO-400

The sheer volume of visitors can create capacity issues, especially during peak times in peak season. This can make it difficult to compose photographs without crowds of people in them. Given the dramatic size of the Cliffs of Moher capturing some images with people in them helps to create a sense of scale.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 12 mm, efov 32.4 mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO-400

Tickets can be purchased at the official visitor centre or online. The Cliffs of Moher are one of the top fee-charging sites in Ireland. So, be prepared for numerous tour buses and large crowds.

Technical Note:
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 18 mm, efov 48.6 mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO-400

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-400

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2 thoughts on “Cliffs of Moher”

    1. Thanks for adding to the discussion Michael!

      Your comment prompted me to do some investigation. Some other movies were also filmed at the Cliffs of Moyer, including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Leap Year, Ryan’s Daughter and The Mackintosh Man.

      Tom

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