An Branaunmore (Great Sea Stack)
This is the true destination of our Cliffs Cruise and provides visitors with breath-taking views of nature at its best. This astonishing sight rises to 67 metres (220 ft.) in height and gives us a stark glimpse of the power of erosion. Once part of the Cliffs of Moher, this sea stack is now left to weather the Atlantic seas alone.
Far above us you will see the very top of a famous tower on the Clare Coast, which is O’Brien’s Tower. The local landlord Cornelius O’Brien built this tower in 1835 to entertain his guests. Cornelius was a descendant of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. And our distant relative for sure! From below the visitors atop the Cliffs look like nothing more than tiny black dots giving you a very good sense of the magnificent heights you are witnessing.
Dusty is our local bottlenose dolphin in residence at Doolin Pier. She first showed up at Doolin Pier in 1999 and has remained at a close distance ever since. Dusty is about 10 feet in length and weighs somewhere between 300 and 400 pounds. She is about 16 years of age making her a young mature female. Dolphins can live to between 30 to 50 years depending on their environmental conditions. Dusty is a frequent escort of our ferries along the trips to the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands. Passenger will often see her welcoming us to Doolin Pier upon boarding the ferries.
Due to recent encounters visitors are NOT PERMITTED to attempt to swim or engage with Dusty. Please respect her space and environment and watch her charms from a distance.
Though a more rare sight, seals, basking sharks, and whales can be seen beneath the Cliffs of Moher. They come to feed upon the plankton and local sea fare. Not unlike many of us!
A number of small sea caves form at the bottom of the Cliffs of Moher which can be accessible in low tide. Did you know that a scene from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price was filmed in the sea cave below the Cliffs of Moher?