This evening, I am posting information on the major Irish visitor site known as the Cliffs of Moher. These form part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark situated in County Clare.

The Cliffs are almost diametrically opposite Dublin, on the east coast.  Each year about 1.0m people visit the site to facilitate which a large visitor centre has been built into the landscape.

The Cliffs extend for 8 km and reach a height of 214m above the Atlantic Ocean. To the N.W. can be seen the Aran Islands.

The site features O’Brien’s Tower which was built by a far-sighted, eponymous landowner in 1835 to stimulate tourism.

The site is of geological significance, dating back to the Upper Carboniferous Period, 300m years ago. More information on this aspect is provided below.

The nearest community is Liscannor, about 6 km distant.
Liscannor Village

This image includes O’Brien’s Tower, built in 1835 by the eponymous landowner to encourage tourism.


Cliffs and Atlantic Ocean

Here is evidence of bands of sandstone, siltstone and shale which date back 300m years to the Upper Carboniferous period. These deposits contain fossil formations.

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