Lonely Planet Writer

Visitors to the Cliffs of Moher urged to stay safe from landslides by sticking to coastal paths

Visitors to Ireland’s famous Cliffs of Moher have been advised to use caution when exploring the site, as the cliff edge has become unstable.

The stunning view from the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland.
The stunning view from the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland.

The County Clare landmark extends for 20 kilometres from the village of Doolin to Liscannor over farmland and cliff edge and is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, hosting over one million people every year. However, recent landslides along the coastal path have led to concerns for the more adventurous tourists that may live life too close to the edge!

Sections of rock face have begun to drop off from the edge of the trail.
Sections of rock face have begun to drop off from the edge of the trail. Image by Cliffs of Moher Facebook

The Cliffs of Moher Facebook page issued a statement warning travellers to stay safe while travelling the trail, asking them to, “please use only the official path and do not stray to the cliff edge.” The post clarifies that the official route is the inner path, and the bare earth track that has become a popular trail was created by walkers venturing from the safe path.

Visitors are asked to use caution and to avoid getting too close to the cliff edge.
Visitors are asked to use caution and to avoid getting too close to the cliff edge. Image by Olivier Bruchez / CC BY 2.0

The walking trail was opened in 2013 under a government walks scheme and now features the Visitor Experience, an environmentally friendly heritage centre which is located almost midway along the route. There have been incidents of pieces of rock face plunging down the 700 foot drop over the past few years.

The stunning wild Atlantic Ocean is a 700 foot drop below the trail.
The stunning wild Atlantic Ocean is a 700 foot drop below the trail.

Director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, Katherine Webster, told Lonely Planet, “the cliff edge is constantly eroding as a natural process, but recently we have been alerted at the visitor centre to sections which are unstable and close to falling into the sea. We have been trying to raise awareness of the risks that walkers take and the need to take responsibility for their own safety. It is extremely popular. However, it is an open cliff edge walk and while walkers are safe if they remain on the official trail, many of them do not do so.”

 

The section has been cordoned off for safety reasons. Learn more about the Cliffs of Moher Experience here.