Birds on the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are home to one of the largest colonies of cliff nesting birds in Ireland. The best viewing period for the colony in full swing is from April to July before the birds move on. The Great Sea Stack (An Branaunmore) is the destination of our cruise and plays host to thousands of sea birds nesting on its steep ledges. Our cruise gets you up close for amazing once in a lifetime views.

Great Sea Stack on the Cliffs Ferry
Puffins on a rock


An unmistakable bird with its black back and white under parts, and distinctive black head, large pale cheeks, and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured tail. This bird is a member of the Auk family. Puffins burrow into the cliffs sides and nest in the grassy hillsides of the Cliffs. They are most visible while fishing in the water in the months of May and June.


This gull sports grey feather on top, a white underbelly, and black tipped wings. These adult birds have a yellow bill, dark legs, and a white head in summer. In winter they then dawn a dark patch behind the eye. Kittiwakes nest on the upper portion of the great sea stack and are quite a noisy crew!

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razorbill birds cliffs of moher doolin


This seabird is medium-sized in stature with black colouring above and white below. It has a thick black beak which is deep and blunt, unlike the thinner bill of the guillemot. They are also members of the Auk family and believe it or not related to the Puffin. These birds only come to shore to breed and winter in the Northern Atlantic. Many on board our cruise often mistake them for penguins, but we can assure you they are not!


These lovely birds are dark brown and white (not as black as the Razorbill) and have a “bridled” form with a white ring round the eye and stripe behind it. These birds nest on the lower half of the Great Sea Stack and are usually the most numerous birds amongst the colonies. They only come to land to nest and spend the rest of their lives at sea as very adept swimmers.

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