May 2, 2014 by Amanda
To normal tourists, they are known as the Cliffs of Moher, the most-visited natural attraction in Ireland.
But to Princess Bride fans? To us, they are the Cliffs of Insanity.
Even though it might seem inconceivable that those imposing cliffs seen in the film are real and not computer-generated, they really do exist! And, yes, you can see them for yourself.
In The Princess Bride, the Cliffs of Insanity are first seen from afar by Vizzini (the Sicilian) as a sheer rock face. Vizzini, Fezzik (the giant), and Inigo Montoya (the one with the dead father) scale the Cliifs with a captive Princess Buttercup in tow – but the hero Westley is not far behind them. Westley ends up scaling the cliffs by hand after the bad guys cut the rope, and fights both Inigo and Fezzik at the top.
While you won’t find the ruinous landscape from the film fight sequence atop the real Cliffs of Moher, the cliffs themselves DO look the same. They rise more then 700 feet out of the crashing Atlantic Ocean, and definitely look like something straight out of a fairy tale.
From the top, you can get close to the edge and imagine someone actually trying to climb up them.
The Cliffs of Moher are located on the western shore of Ireland in County Clare, but can be easily reached from just about anywhere in the country (I, for example, took a day trip from Dublin). There is a visitor’s center to explore, as well as quite a few walking tracks that stretch from one end of the Cliffs to the other. There’s even a round stone tower to climb if you feel the urge to unleash your inner Princess Buttercup or Westley.
Who wants to visit the Cliffs of Insanity?