Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk

Please note that the section of the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk between the exit from the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre to the access at Aillenasharragh is TEMPORARILY CLOSED. See downloadable map below.

County Clare
22 reviews
Grade Strenuous
Length 19.5 km
Time 4.5 hours
Format Linear
Ascent 250 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Blue arrow on white background
Start Point
Moher Sport Field
Finish Point
Doolin Community Centre
Nearest Town to Start Liscannor
Grid Ref. R 027 884 / R 081 974
Lat. and Long. 52.938053, -9.393172 / 53.021482, -9.368432

This is a challenging, remote and exposed cliff top path which requires high levels of fitness. It is narrow with steep ascents, flagstone steps, farm tracks and local and regional road and views of the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs and the hinterland which are stunningly spectacular.

Trail Management

Eoin Hogan, Rural Recreation Officer, Clare Local Development Company, 1 Westgate Business Park, Kilrush Road Ennis, Co Clare Tel: 065-6866800 Email:

Click here to take a virtual walk on the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk via Google Maps

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheets 51 and 57
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk Shuttle Bus details available at
(re-opening Spring 2017)

22 trail reviews
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Jean at NTO from Dublin

This is Jean at the National Trails Office. Further to Tom's comments below.

Clear information on the nature of the trail and who it is suitable for is provided at the entry points onto the trail. On this signage, it is clear that the trail is not either designed or suitable for inexperienced walkers and children. To provide a wide, smooth path, as suggested with a fence on the seaward side would effectively ruin the experience for the vast majority of those who want to experience clifftop and coastal paths.

There is no section of the 14 kilometre trail where one has to take a risk to allow another to pass by. This information is inaccurate.


Tom from Clare

Great walk, spectacular views. Unfortunately it is even less safe than before the paths were "improved". The path is very narrow, allowing only one person’s width. As there is no fence towards the cliff walkers travelling in opposite directions must make a very dangerous manoeuvre. Incredibly the fence to the landward side is topped with an electrified wire. Anybody leaning towards the fence to allow someone to pass could easily touch the electrified wire. At this point the vista could become appalling; the person touching the fence would lurch towards the cliff, potentially knocking the person passing over the edge.

Large numbers of inexperienced walkers use the path for a distance of 1 or 2 Km in each direction from the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre. Clearly this area should be wide enough for people to pass easily, there should be a fence on the cliff side and obviously the electric fence should be removed from the entire length of the walk.

On the walk the other day we passed a cyclist on the path, which is too narrow for walkers let alone cycles. I didn't see any sign anywhere prohibiting cyclists from the path.

The Minister for Common Sense seems to have been missing when the paths were designed. Don't bring small children, avoid the area around the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre during the middle of the day, don't touch the electric fence and enjoy the world class scenery.

5 out of 5 for views

3 out of 5 for paths

1 out of 5 for safety

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