Cliffs of Moher vs the Cliffs of Kilkee – Ireland

Maeve on the edge of one of the Cliffs of Moher - Ireland

Maeve, after sneaking past the barrier that said not to, and lying on the edge of one of the Cliffs of Moher – Ireland


Ireland is blessed with some fantastic scenery.

Some of the best is to be found on the west coast, in no small part due to the effects of the Atlantic Ocean relentlessly pounding against the coast to create amazing cliffs.

One of the most famous are the Cliffs of Moher.

Another, not as well known are the Cliffs at Kilkee.

As a public service, WOEFULTOURIST will provide a comparison of the two sites so his readers can decide for themselves which one will better serve their travel needs.

The Cliffs of Moher attract millions of visitors a year.

The Cliffs at Kilkee attract tens of thousands.

At the Cliffs of Moher, there are large parking lots providing plenty of space for cars, trucks and buses.

At Kilkee there is some parking for cars at the beachfront, as well as on the street throughout the seaside town.

Plenty of vendors selling all manner of souvenirs are present at the Cliffs of Moher.

Small shops in Kilkee cater mainly to the crowds that arrive during the summer high season.

There are numerous warning signs, roped off areas and other means of keeping people as far away from the actual edge of the cliff as possible at the Cliffs of Moher.

You are free to climb up the cliffs at Kilkee and sit on the edge, dangling your feet in the wind as you enjoy the unobstructed view of the Atlantic.

So there you have it, fans.

And as you can imagine, when it comes to Irish cliffs, WOEFULTOURIST clearly prefers the Cliffs of Moher to those at Kilkee.

After all, it has everything he wants in a cliff-side attraction and nothing to distract him from the cliffs.

It’s got plenty of parking.

Lots of chintzy souvenirs to bring back for friends and relatives.

A safe viewing platform far enough from the actual edge of the cliffs, but close enough to still see the water hundreds of feet down.

And how can you put a price on the ability to share a natural wonder with tens of thousands of other tourists that you have never seen before in your life and will never see again.

Heck, going to a lovely seaside village, like Kilkee, sunbathing on the beach, eating at any number of fine local restaurants, hanging out in the pollock holes at low tide, window shopping and taking a leisurely stroll at your convenience to the top of the cliffs dilutes the whole experience of viewing just the cliffs.

Far better, in WOEFULTOURIST’s eyes, to simply spend all of your day doing one thing only, like admiring the cliffs.

Then, if he so chooses, another full day can be spent just hanging at the beach.

WOEFULTOURIST finds it way too stressful to try and fit too much activity into one day.

After all, you’re on vacation.  Best to spread out the activities to a manageable level.

One a day, seems about right.

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