Breaking the rules at the Cliffs of Moher

Update by the Editor 9 August 2010.  Dr J  left a comment today with a link to an article about part of the Cliffs collapsing, so I’m advising Europe a la Carte readers to stay behind the warning signs and not take any risks.

I tend to follow the rules.  I’ve always been that way.  I see street signs and I do what they say.  I see warning signs and I take heed.  It’s gotten me through 26 years without any sort of major injury, albeit at times, it might be considered boring. I like practical instead though. It sounds better.

With this in mind, I crossed over a barrier at the Cliffs of Moher that stated that crossing that barrier was probably not a good idea.  Mostly because you could die.

I did it anyway.  And even dragged my poor mother along with me.  We were not alone, in fact, if we had been alone, chances are I wouldn’t have done it.  Instead I acted the lemming, minus the actual jumping off the cliff part, and followed along.

There were a few questionable moments; luckily none of them involved my mother.  Or me for that matter.  The woman in front of us though was hiking around in high heeled shoes.  Which were clearly new judging by the price tag that could still be seen on the bottom of her shoes.  After several stumbles she finally took them off. Or the girl with the fancy camera that wanted to get just a little bit closer for her picture and scooted out on her butt, only to slip, sending my heart into my throat.  She caught herself and scrambled away from the edge.

Would I suggest doing what I did? Probably not, but I’m a rules follower. And you’re not supposed to break that rule.  And seeing the close calls of people making not so smart decisions made it abundantly clear as to why that sign is there.

The views from the areas of the Cliffs of Moher which are not blocked off are amazing.  There are sheer drops in churning water.  There are birds nesting in the rock face directly below you.  There is a color to the water that can’t be described.  And you don’t need to cross any fences to see that.  So if you’re doing your European travel planning for Ireland sightseeing, head to the west coast of Ireland to see the Cliffs of Moher.  You don’t even need to break any rules to get a great picture.

You can read more of my adventures in Ireland in “Sheep herding on the Dingle Peninsula“..

If you want to stay in a hotel close to the Cliffs of Mother, either Galway City to the north or Limerick City to the south are ideal locations.

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.