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Only an hour’s drive south from Clayton Hotel Galway are the world famous Cliffs of Moher. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of county Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see to the north, the Aran Islands and Galway Bay and to the south; Loop Head, Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.
There are an estimated 30,000 birds living on the cliffs, representing more than 20 species. These include Atlantic puffins, which live in large colonies at isolated parts of the cliffs and on the small Goat Island, and razorbills. O’Brien’s tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.
The Cliffs of Moher have appeared in numerous media outlets. In cinema, the cliffs have appeared in several films, which include Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Leap Year. The cliffs are mentioned in the Martin Scorsese film Bringing Out the Dead and are noted in the 2008 documentary Waveriders as the location of a large surfing wave known as “Aileens”.
In music, the cliffs have appeared in music videos, including Maroon 5’s “Runaway” video and Westlife’s “My Love”.
The Cliffs are well worth a visit for all ages if you are heading in the direction of Clayton Hotel Galway. Clayton Hotel Galway can also organise a day trip for you to the Cliffs. The hotel has a link with the Galway Tour Company and they operate a tour to the Cliffs of Moher daily at a set price. On your arrival enquire with the reception team in relation to booking your place. (details are available from the hotel reception).
After a long day exploring all that one of the most iconic sights in the world, why not dine from our a la carte menu in the Tribes Restaurant. Please ensure to book in advance as the restaurant tends to book out quite quickly.