People Are Risking Their Lives At The Cliffs Of Moher – A Note To Tourists & Locals Alike

I received an email today...

cliffs near the edge
Photo by Press 22

“How do I get to this part of the Cliffs of Moher safely. I don’t want to fall. LOL.”.

This is the message that hit my DMs this morning.

What accompanied it was a photo that was posted by an Irish travel account with a large following.

The photo showed someone’s feet dangling over the edge at the Cliffs of Moher. Judging by the sky, it was a stormy day.

Anyone that’s been to the cliffs on a windy day will know how insanely blustery it can get. 

I have received messages like this in the past, but only every once and a while. Over the last couple of months, however, this kind of message has skyrocketed to 11 or 12 per week.

cliffs of moher at sunset
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

People have died at the Cliffs of Moher

Last year, 26-year-old Anand Goel, a student from India, died tragically when he fell from the cliffs as he tried to take a selfie.

Yet people continue to risk their lives, and the lives of others, to take ‘the perfect travel photo’.

This is complete and utter fuc*ing madness.

cliffs of mother county clare
Photo by Hillwalk Tours

Cop yourself on and respect the power of Mother Nature

The Cliffs of Moher are unguarded.

If you get too close to the edge and slip, you’re in serious trouble.

While 99.9% of people that visit behave appropriately, a small percentage have zero respect for the sheer power of the elements.

If you’re visiting the cliffs, be careful. Avoid getting too close to the edge and keep an eye on others.

This was a bit of a rant, but I genuinely get stressed when I read this kind of email, knowing that the sender is likely to take a stupid risk for an Instagram photo.

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  1. I was shocked by how many people stood close to the edge for photos when I was there a couple of years ago. Frightening. Pure stupidity and ignorance.


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