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Cliffs of Moher picture in Galway
Cliffs of Moher  picture in Galway
Cliffs of Moher  picture in Galway
Cliffs of Moher  picture in Galway
Cliffs of Moher picture in Galway
Cliffs of Moher  picture in Galway
Cliffs of Moher  picture in Galway
Cliffs of Moher  picture in Galway

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One of Ireland's most iconic sights sits about 50 miles southwest of Galway, and according to travelers, can't be missed. Visitors describe the breathtaking scenery of the Cliffs of Moher as "stunning" and "simply awe-inspiring." Stretching for 5 miles, this natural wonder stands 702 feet above sea level at its highest point, offering views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Maumturk Mountains, as well as the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands on a clear day. Between April and July, Atlantic Puffins nesting on Goat Island can be seen from the cliffs. There are three main viewing platforms, all of which offer different vistas, as well as O'Brien's Tower, which was built in 1835.  After you've walked the cliffs, stop by the visitor center, which houses interactive exhibits, a virtual reality tour of the cliffs from a bird's-eye point of view, historic images and much more.

If you didn't rent a car in Galway, you can still easily reach the cliffs via public bus and coach bus. Bus Éireann offers five daily services to the Cliffs of Moher on its seasonal route 350 bus (available starting in May). If you'd rather take a coach bus, Galway Tour Company offers year-round tours and is well-reviewed by travelers.

The Cliffs of Moher are accessible to visitors year-round, except the days surrounding Christmas. Visiting hours vary by month, but generally, the attraction welcomes tourists starting at 9 a.m. until as late as 9 p.m. in the summer. June, July and August are considered peak season. If you're visiting in the summer, you'll want to avoid the hours between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. if you're hoping to sidestep the seasonal crowds. Admission costs 6 euros for adults (around $7); entrance is free for youths 15 and younger. The entrance fee covers access to the visitor center, the Cliffs of Moher pathways and platforms, an informational leaflet and a site map, and parking. You'll have to part with an additional 2 euros (less than $2.50) if you'd like access to O'Brien's Tower. On-site facilities include restrooms, gift shops, ATMs, a restaurant and a coffee shop. Touring the attraction is self-guided, but you can download a free audio guide app for your smartphone. Visit the official Cliffs of Moher website for more information on what to bring and wear, wildlife viewing and to book your tickets.

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#1 Wild Atlantic Way This western coastal route, which begins in the north of Donegal and runs 1,500 miles through nine counties ending in the south of Cork, is a breathtakingly scenic experience ... Read more » Christian McLeod / Failte Ireland

#2 Aran Islands The beautiful and romantic Aran Islands, composed of Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer, sit off the coast of Galway County and are an immensely popular daytrip for visitors. Along with their ... Read more » Michelle McMahon / Getty Images

#3 Cliffs of Moher One of Ireland's most iconic sights sits about 50 miles southwest of Galway, and according to travelers, can't be missed. Visitors describe the breathtaking scenery of the Cliffs ... Read more » pawel.gaul / Getty Images

#4 Connemara National Park Located a little more than 50 miles northwest of Galway, the more than 7,000-acre Connemara National Park offers stunning views of bogs, heaths and moors, as well as great ... Read more » mikroman6 / Getty Images

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#6 Salthill Promenade Salthill is a village of Galway located along the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts a 2-mile-long promenade, which is a popular place to take a stroll. Below the walkway is a ... Read more » Michelle McMahon / Getty Images

#7 St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church Completed sometime in the early 14th century, the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland in continuous use. Among its historical artifacts are a ... Read more » Parminder Gill/One Word Entertainment Creative / Getty Images

#8 Galway Market The popular Galway Market, which has operated for centuries, is not only the place to pick up all sorts of fruits, vegetables and flowers, but also crafts, jewelry, clothing and ... Read more » Kelvin Gillmor / Tourism Ireland

#9 Spanish Arch The landmark 16th-century Spanish Arch is a popular photo op for every visitor to Galway. The arch is assumed to be part of the medieval city walls, which were built ... Read more » Stephen Power / Tourism Ireland

#10 Galway Cathedral A newcomer as far as stone cathedrals in Europe go, the Galway Cathedral was completed in 1965. The architecture is modern and instead of the typical altars and stained-glass windows, there ... Read more » Michelle McMahon / Getty Images

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