Almost two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Ireland for a week. On my second to last day, after a long bus ride, we visited the Cliffs of Moher with our tour group. I thought about not going, because I was so tired from the drive, but I’ve never been so proud of myself for sucking it up. Honestly, visiting that place has made me a better person. Seeing that kind of beauty in the world, is a very humbling experience. I feel truly blessed to have seen it, in person.
The Cliffs of Moher are simply, magical. The views are unbelievably gorgeous, and the experience is spiritual. Pictures don't do it justice. I can only compare what I felt to the feeling of visiting the Vatican for this first time, and driving through the Highlands.
There’s a trail you can follow along the edge of the cliffs that’s 8km (5 miles), and it’s divided into two sides. Imagine a fork in the road where you can either go left or right. The trail isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re afraid of heights, this maybe isn’t the best experience for you; hang out in the gift shop. If you aren’t afraid of heights, there’s a point at the beginning of the trail (on the left side) where it says, “Please Do Not Go Beyond This Point..” Meaning, beyond this point there isn’t a guard rail or anything to stop you from going over the edge. I’m not crazy about heights, but when you’re in Ireland, and are faced with such an incredible view; you keep going.
Their website says, the trail takes 4 hours, but you really need to plan for more time than that. You need time for pictures, and just time to take in the view. Unfortunately, I didn’t have 4+ hours to hike the whole trail, but I’ll be back. I’m obsessed with this place, and you will be, too.