Hag's Head

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Hag's Head with face part visible - as seen from ocean.
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 vantage point over much of the cliff formation.

Etymology[edit]

A local 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.[1] 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 rocks.[1]

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.[2]

Access[edit]

In season, the location is served a shuttle bus, with free and private car parks nearby.[citation needed] The lands at this point are open, with no charge for access.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History & Mythology". cliffsofmoher.ie. Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  2. ^ Roche, D. The Clare Guide - Official Irish Tourist Board Guide. Bord Failte. p. 28–29.

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