From Malin Head of Donegal to the Old Head of Kinsale, the Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500km coastal route which encompasses six regions and showcases some of the most majestic sights on the island of Ireland. With so much to explore we want to help you narrow down your route and put together a list of our top 10 stops along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Sliabh Liag, Donegal
Known for its wild and rugged shorelines, uncover some of Mother Nature’s finest work in Donegal and stop at Sliabh Liag to see the sheer granite walls of some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs. Donegal is also home to the largest Gaeltacht in Ireland, where Irish is still the mother tongue and is renowned for its thriving traditional culture.
Surf’s up along the wave-crashed coast of Sligo. Just a 5-minute drive from Sligo Town lies the coastal village of Strandhill. Famous for it’s stunning links golf course and it’s rugged waves, why not take a surf lesson before warming up by the fire in the toasty Strand Bar.
Situated on the windswept Wild Atlantic Way and bursting with natural beauty, Galway City, often referred to as Dublin’s cooler, younger sister, is a beacon of culture and creativity. If you’re in the market for some delicious food, a great atmosphere and unrivalled Irish entertainment, then make the charming cobbled streets of Galway City a stop along your Wild Atlantic Way trip.
Just west of Galway City lies the dramatic and breathtaking region of Connemara. It’s irregular and beautiful landscape is home to some of the most varied flora and fauna and rugged scenery in all of Ireland. From enjoying a fireside pint of Guinness on a misty evening to scaling the Twelve Pins to see the spectacular views, the experiences that Connemara offers are as diverse as the people are friendly, which is why its earned a spot on our top stops along the Wild Atlantic Way.
the Cliffs of Moher, clare
Out of all the stops along the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are by far the most popular. As Ireland’s second biggest tourist attraction, the striking cliffs attract over 1.5 million tourists a year – and for good reason! Rising to heights of over 200 meters (just above 700ft) and spanning approximately 14 km long, the Cliffs of Moher offer magnificent views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Clare Coastline.
The Burren National Park,clare
If you’re looking for a stop along the Wild Atlantic Way which incorporates colourful flora, diverse wildlife and beautiful walking trails, then make sure the Burren National Park is on your list. The Burren region is internationally famous for its landscape and vegetation, and a visit here during the summer months will leave visitors amazed by the wonderfully diverse ecosystem that is housed here.
the Ring of Kerry
Remote yet world famous, the Ring of Kerry is a 120 mile stretch of stunning coastal views. Home to the incredible scenery of Killarney National Park, the Kerry Cliffs, and, for the Star Wars fans, Skellig Michael, the Ring of Kerry is a photographer’s paradise. Enjoy lunch, dinner and a few cosy pints in the quaint villages of Kenmare and Glenbeigh.
the Dingle Peninsula, kerry
The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the most popular stops along the Wild Atlantic Way. The region is rich in Irish tradition and culture and is home to many native Irish speakers. Go swimming at the Blue Flag Inch beach, sail out to Great Blasket Island, or visit Dingle’s resident Dolphin, Fungie – The peninsula has something to offer everyone.
Dursey Island, cork
Located on the western tip of the Beara Peninsula lies Dursey Island. This tiny yet stunning island is connected to the mainland by Ireland’s only cable car. Make a stop here to see the whales and dolphins that roam the waters and the seabirds and butterflies that roam the air of the island. Try time your trip to include the sunset, we promise it will be one you won’t forget.
Originally a medieval fishing port town, Kinsale is one of the most picturesque towns and the final (or first!) stop along the Wild Atlantic Way. Home to remarkable scenery and plenty of hidden gems, and of course the remarkably dramatic Old Head of Kinsale golf course.
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