live blog: cliffs of moher

The Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s most interesting natural sites as well as one of those attractions – like caves or stalagmites – that I can’t seem to get enough of. Almost 700 feet at their highest point, the Cliffs range for five miles on the western edge of Co. Clare, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. They take their name from a ruined promontory fort – Mothar – that was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower and from the top of the headland you can see why: spectacular views across Galway Bay to the Aran Islands, Loop Head, and the mountains of Connemara. (Well, on a clear day anyway.) Home to one of the largest colonies of cliff-nesting seabirds in Ireland, the Cliffs take on another dimension entirely when viewed from the open water. What at first appears to be guano-encrusted rock reveals itself  on closer inspection to be massive colonies of nesting birds: puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars & kittiwakes. Click both the snapshot and the panoramic image for greater detail.

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