Categories: Destinations

O’Brien’s Tower in Ireland

If you love nature, history and traditions and you haven’t been here before, then go and pack your bags fast. O’Brien’s Tower marks the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland, located a short distance from the village Doolin, famous for its traditional Irish music. The tower was built on the cliffs in 1835 by local landlord Sir Cornellius O’Brien as an observation tower for the hundreds of Victorian tourists that frequented the cliffs at the time. Another version tells of O’Brien building the tower in order to impress women he was courting. On a clear day the view can extend as far as Loop Head at the southern tip of Clare and beyond to the mountains of Kerry. Looking north from O’Briens Tower on clear days, the Twelve Bens in Connemara (also known as the Twelve Pins) beyond Galway Bay can be seen, and typically the Aran Islands to the west. People believe Sir Cornellius O’Brien was a man ahead of his time, believing that the development of tourism would benefit the local economy and bring people out of poverty. Observing the view will be a journey of its own, and definitely one of the best things you will have a chance to see on this planet.