Walk the Cliffs of Moher from Doolin to Liscannor
One of Doolin’s newest activities, the Cliff Coastal Walk runs along the entire length of the Cliffs of Moher, connecting the villages of Doolin and Liscannor. This spectacular trail covers 12.7 km along a completely unspoiled part of the Wild Atlantic Way, with views south towards Kerry and north to Galway Bay. There are sections of the trail which include roadways and protected paths but the walk also features rugged terrain across an exposed cliff-top path, steep ascents and descents, and flagstone steps cut into the land.
The man behind the walk
The Cliffs of Moher walk was the brainchild of a local farmer called Pat Sweeney. Pat created the walk for one main reason; to allow everyone to see the beauty that he sees every day in his back yard. Pat grew up along the Cliffs of Moher, he learned to swim and fish here, he farmed here, he spent all of his childhood along the cliffs here (probably not what any mother wants to hear!) but if he hadn’t spent his childhood down by the cliffs, there probably wouldn’t be a cliff trail today.
The Cliffs of Moher trail runs along and crosses land which belongs to 39 local farmers and Pat took on the very difficult job of trying to get all these farmers on board for the project. At the first meeting in 2007 when Pat presented his dream of creating this trail, everyone told him that he was crazy. One of the main stumbling blocks was the whole issue of public liability for people walking on private lands, particularly along a cliff path.
Pat is the local chairman of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and through Pat’s perseverance, and with great support from the IFA and the hard work and encouragement from Eimer McCarthy, the Rural Recreation Officer with the Clare Local Development Company (CLDC), a favourable deal was agreed between the landowners and Clare County Council. In 2012 the walk was officially open for business and Eoin Hogan, replaced Eimer as the Rural Recreation Officer for CLDC. Eoin will have on-going responsibility for managing the walk scheme, landowner interactions and future developments. As Pat said, you can dream all your life and never achieve anything, but he made it his ambition to turn his dream a reality (and we are very glad he did!)
Pat is a Doolin native, operating a farm which has been farmed by his family for five generations. The farm is 120 acres in size and is used for rearing suckler cows.
Pat’s wife Mary runs a very successful bed and breakfast at the farmhouse by the name of Doonagore Farmhouse. The B&B can hold up to 14 guests per night, and those who stay with Pat can come along on the walk free of charge.
Pat’s guided walks take from March to October starting at 10am. The meeting point is outside Gus O’Connor’s pub on Fisher Street in Doolin and finish up at the Cliffs of Moher centre. This is approx. 6km and takes between 2.5 and 3 hours. You can book directly here: www.doolincliffwalk.com
We are delighted to offer our new 360 Cliffs of Moher tour which we developed with Pat and the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre. Visitors should allow 5-6 hours for this trip, which includes entrance to the centre, a guided walk along the cliffs, and a cruise underneath the cliffs – we’ve found people appreciate the cruise a lot more after the walk along the cliffs because they can sit down on the boat 😉