Cliffs of Moher

Take the road from Ennis towards Ballyvaughan, skirting the Burren into Ballyvaighan and past the black church via Fanore, around the coast road, peering down over Doolin and over the headland to The Cliffs of Moher.

It’s a long, long way, it grows further by the day It’s a long way from Clare to here (Ralph McTell)

One of Ireland’s top attractions, over 200metres above the wild Atlantic coastline and stretching for five miles, about a million visitors make their way to fill their lungs with salt air and take in the breath taking views out across the ocean towards the Aran Islands and beyond.

More recently a surfer’s paradise, this stretch of coastline so dangerous to most is a mecca for surfers, made even more attractive in recent years by Aileen, over twenty feet of a perfect wave which crashes in the surf below.

For those happier on terra firma, O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on the headland overlooking Galway Bay and Connemara to the north and Loop Head to the south.

And if the rain is not as warm as you would like, the new visitor’s centre tucked into the side of the hill has enough to entertain while the soft day passes over.

Luxury hotels nearby include Dromoland Castle and The Lodge at Doonbeg.