Expansion Project for Cliffs of Moher
By Adam Farley, Assistant Editor
June / July 2014
Visitors to the Cliffs of Moher this summer will see a much-needed host of upgrades to their tourist experience thanks to a 550,000-euro plan announced in April. The improvements were spurred by the increased tourist numbers over the past three years. Since 2011, the Cliffs of Moher has seen more than a 33 percent growth in the numbers of visitors to the natural wonder, from about 722,000 three years ago to well over 960,000 in 2013.
The proposal, headed by the Dublin-based construction group Rockbrook Engineering, will see expansions to the indoor visitor experience that will improve “visitor interactivity,” and “bring some of the outdoor experience of the Cliffs inside into the dome area,” Katherine Webster, the director of the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience said in a statement.
Additionally, the plan calls for upgrades to both the car park and the bus lot in order to accommodate driving tourists, including improved availability for handicapped parking as well as eCharging stations for smart cars.
Mayor of Clare Joe Arkins expressed his excitement at the announcement, telling the local newspaper Clare People, “The Wild Atlantic Way presents significant opportunities for tourism development right along the western seaboard of Ireland with Clare prominently featured as part of the new touring route that stretches from Donegal to West Cork.”
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is one of three “Signature Discovery Points” in County Clare along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way, the others being the Bridges of Ross and Loop Head Lighthouse.