Hag's Head

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View of the headland
Rock formation on Hag's Head

Hag's Head is the name given to the most southerly point of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland, where the cliffs form an unusual rock formation that resembles a woman's head looking out to sea. It provides a good vantage over much of the cliff formation.

Etymology[edit]

One legend relates how an old hag or sea-witch, Mal of Malbay, fell in love with the Irish hero, Cú Chulainn and chased her would-be suitor across Ireland. Cú Chulainn escaped by hopping across sea stacks as if they were stepping stones. Mal, however, not being so nimble lost her footing and was dashed against the cliff.

Features[edit]

A tower ruin known as Moher Tower stands at Hag's Head. Until the early 19th century, it was the site of a promontory fort known as Mothar or Moher. Hag's head also features a natural arch.[1]:28–9

Access[edit]

In season, the location is served by the Cliffs of Moher Shuttle Bus, and there is also a free community car park at Liscannor, and a private car park nearer the cliffs. The lands at this point are open, with no charge for access. There are no protective fences, and access for those with mobility limitations is difficult.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roche, D. The Clare Guide - Official Irish Tourist Board Guide. Bord Failte.

Coordinates: 52°56′10″N 9°28′15″W / 52.93611°N 9.47083°W / 52.93611; -9.47083