A magical sunrise at the Cliffs of Moher
6:30 am. The sun is slowly rising as we get in the minivan and leave Limerick, Ireland behind us. Today my friend Mick and I are off to see the Cliffs of Moher. We both been there several times but we never saw them sundrenched or deserted by the tourists. According to today's forecast, it is supposed to be a glorious day and this is the reason why we are on the road at 7 am.
We've been driving for an hour when we leave the main road and start winding slowly between the fields. As we do the sun catches up with us. All is quiet on the Burren, not a soul is out yet, except a few sheep peacefully grazing in their fields enjoying the first ray of lights. Mick is driving and I have time to admire the peaceful landscape of County Clare in the sun. How beautiful it is this morning! We pass a few thatched roof cottages with stacks of pit drying on the side of the road. I have been to the cliffs many times but today is the very first time I am going to see them at sunrise. There isn’t a single cloud in the sky and despite the early hour, it is already quite warm. When we arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, everything is still quiet.
I am quite excited to have the cliffs to myself and I am trying to soak the landscape in. Mick is just as excited as I am and we almost run up the staircase taking us to the top of the hill. We are barely halfway but we can already hear the waves crashing against the cliff from the distance. By the time we arrive at the top I can't stop smiling, so happy to see the Cliffs of Moher once more! And here they are!
They seem quite blue in this beautiful light, the puffins are waking up and the colonies are making more and more noise as the time passes. I have never seen the ocean as clear as it is today, its colour is somewhere between emerald and turquoise, amazing when you think we're in Ireland!
I decide to go for a walk on the Cliffs, it is a little early to do the full hike which is 8km long along the cliffs but I decide to go halfway. Up there, the wind is stronger and I cannot hear anything but the wind, the ocean and the puffins.
It is such a peaceful moment, I wish I could stay there all day gazing at the ocean but it is time to go, the site is slowly opening and I can see that a few cars have parked since we arrived.
On the way down Mick and I barely talk, our mind still lost in the contemplation of the cliffs. We stop for a cup of tea at the visitor centre before leaving for Tralee. We are still smiling when we get inside the van and as the Cliffs of Moher become smaller and smaller I close my eyes to try to fix the instant in my memory. The perfect start of a perfect day!
Planning your visit:
I would recommend getting up early like we did to escape from the crowd and enjoy the cliffs in the early morning. It is totally worth waking up at 5:30 am and driving 1h30 from Limerick! If you are planning a visit there here is their official website full of info.
If you think my photos look nice, please give it a like, and leave me a comment - I want to know what you think of the Cliffs and what you liked the most about them!
In the meantime, Happy Trails :)