Cliffs of Moher

After leaving our hostel in Killarney on Thursday September 8th, we headed north toward The Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are located on the southwest edge of County Clare and are one of Ireland’s top-visited tourists attractions. One quick glance at the photos below, and you might guess why.

The Cliffs of Moher rise 390 feet (120 meters) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head and reach their maximum height just north of O’Brien’s Tower, 702 feet (214 meters). The cliffs span a total of five miles (approximately eight kilometers).

You might recognize The Cliffs of Moher from some popular movies scenes:

Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince
In Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince, Harry & Professor Dumbledore apparate on a rock off the shore from forbidding sea cliffs and enter a cave to find one of the Horcruxes in which Voldemort has hidden part of his soul. The footage was filmed on location at the Cliffs of Moher in September 2007 although the rock involved is actually Lemon Rock, almost 150km south west of the Cliffs of Moher. The sea cave was recreated in studio from exact measurements taken onsite. The international trailer for the movie features the sequences shot on location at the Cliffs.

Princess Bride
In the Princess Bride the Cliffs of Moher double as the Cliffs of Insanity which are climbed by Wesley in pursuit of Buttercup’s kidnappers and he fights a duel with the Spaniard at the summit. When this was filmed in the 1980s a stunt man was dangled on a harness over the first headland to the south of the visitor centre boundary for several days while the sequences were filmed.

Movie information from: http://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/

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