10 of Ireland's most impressive cliffs
Posted on 01/08/2020


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Ireland and Northern Ireland are more than just pubs and sheep. Ireland is above all a vast island with wild nature, shaped by the wind and sea. The island has steep coastlines, some diving vertically into the ocean. Here are some of Ireland's most dramatic cliffs.

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  • Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland
    Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland

    The Dingle Peninsula can be traversed via a coastal road R559, also known as Slea Head Drive. The route runs along the Atlantic Ocean and climbs up and down the spectacular topography, giving visitors a splendid view of the horizon.

    Since the coast is so steep, cliffs of different heights offer different points of view and viewpoints are marked at low points on the road. Along the way, don't miss the cliffs of Ballyferriter, an absolute natural marvel.

  • Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
    Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

    These are certainly the best known cliffs in Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher can be found near County Clare on Ireland's west coast. There are plenty of organized walking tours as well as the possibility to hike alone to experience these sheer walls of earth dropping into the ocean.

  • Mizen Head, County Cork, Ireland
    Mizen Head, County Cork, Ireland

    Further south, Mizen Head is a cape situated in County Cork. Many people believe that this is the southernmost point of the country. However it is Brow Head further east that holds this title, not Mizen Head. Its iconic footbridge is still worth a visit.

  • Little Skellig Island, County Kerry, Ireland
    Little Skellig Island, County Kerry, Ireland

    Ireland's offshore islands are similarly very steep, stunned by the striking waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Little Skellig is not as well known as its bigger sibling, Skellig Michael, and it's also not open to the public. But boat trips are available that allow visitors to gaze up at its dramatic shoreline.

  • Skellig Michael Island, County Kerry, Ireland
    Skellig Michael Island, County Kerry, Ireland

    Little Skellig's big sister has recently been thrust into the public eye thanks to its role in the flim Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Skellig Michael, rising over 210 meters out of the ocean, is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Ireland has a ton of coastline, even for an island. The jagged ins and outs created by the ocean cutting into the land have left it with dramatic cliffs, peninsulas, and islands. Islands like Inishmore and Skellig Michael are very steep rugged due to the rough seas surrounding them. The Giant's Causeway in Northern Island is unique thanks to its hexagonal, volcanic columns, while the Cliffs of Moher offer a pleasant walk along the coastline. Ireland is composed of many dramatic cliffs, but each has its own identity.

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