Pretty much anyone who visits Ireland ends up at the Cliffs of Moher at some point. It’s one of the biggest attractions in Ireland, drawing more than a million visitors a year. I’ve been twice now and absolutely loved it both times.
We purposely planned our whole day so that we would hit the cliffs an hour or so before sunset. And when we first got there it looked like we were going to get lucky with just a few clouds in the sky to add some color.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Ireland though, it’s that the weather is almost as unpredictable as it is back home. Not long after we arrived, thick clouds rolled in from the west, completely obscuring the sunset and washing out any color there might have been.
Nevertheless, we spent the afternoon hiking along the edges of the cliffs, stopping every few minutes to take photos or waiting for Cody to catch a Pokemon. Or watching the sheep.
They have miles of hiking trails here that will take you from the cliffs to the neighboring villages. Most people don’t really have a whole lot of time when they visit Moher so I think they just come and explore what they can before it’s time to go, and that includes us. But, I’ve always wanted to do that through hike. I imagine the whole thing is just beautiful.
I have to admit, I don’t have a whole lot more to say on the Cliffs of Moher (but still have several pictures to share). I absolutely love it out here and could spend all day roaming the cliffs edges, watching the changing light as the sun drifts overhead. There’s a reason the cliffs are such a big attraction for visitors to Ireland. They are stunningly beautiful and when you’re there you can really believe that you are at the edge of the world.
Our trip to Moher was also one of the first times I didn’t feel a deep sense of what I’m calling “amateur photographer regret.” That feeling where you just believe so intensely that you should have shot better while you had the chance. I’ve talked a lot about feeling like I didn’t do a great job shooting in Iceland, and how I felt that I should have had more patience and paid more attention. But at Moher I didn’t feel like that after we left.
I’ll always think that I should have gotten more shots or gone a little further down the trail. It doesn’t matter if I take ten or a thousand pictures or walk a hundred miles, I never think I have enough or have seen enough. And conditions are almost never perfect for shooting. The weather could always be different or better, or there could be fewer people or less wind or greener grass.
But I feel like at Moher I finally relaxed into this whole photographer thing. I took my time and didn’t get overexcited and I came back with some shots that I’m really happy with and really proud of.
But let’s be honest, no photo of this place really does it justice.
And if you really want, you can check out Moher prints on Etsy here.