All over the world Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is lauded as the longest fully signposted touring route extending to some 2,500km, and it is also one of the most beautiful.
This route which is remote and breathtakingly beautiful is an Ireland of the Welcomes, the Land of the Heart’s Desire, and will fulfil any and all of your Irish holiday dreams.
The route provides amble walking and hiking opportunities, not to mention clear crisp Atlantic air to fill your lungs and ensure you return rejuvenated from your trip. The towns and villages around the Wild Atlantic Way are host to some of the best traditional Irish music sessions in the country and you will no doubt discover the Gaelic language on your travels around the coastline.
This route offers exquisite views from any angle and is a photographers dream. The wildness of this driving route cannot be lost on any tourist visiting it during any season of the year.
The route runs from the northern tip of County Donegal (see our Top Things to Do on the Wild Atlantic Way – Donegal) running along the west coast to the south in County Cork, where you can discover some of Ireland’s best cuisine. You are the master of your own destiny on this driving route.
The variety of things to do along the way is customary of what you will find all across the island of Ireland be it surfing, music, shopping, food themed, photography, wildlife or hiking you are sure to find something to keep you occupied. Or you could just sit in the local pub with a pint of Guinness and watch the world go by.
We would always recommend building in some time at the pub and join the locals in having a pint or two. It is here that you will be told where has the best seafood in town, which route to take to get the best view or indeed when you will need to pack that extra sweater in preparation for bad weather. Irish people love to talk about their island and its hidden gems to tourists and you will find the people friendly and hospitable with the unique characters on this Ireland ensuring your Irish holiday is one to never forget!
All over the world County Cork is known for its wild and remote beaches, is rugged peninsulas and Gaelic speaking islands like Cape Clear and Sherkin. You will also find Ireland’s only cable car ride on the island of Dursey at the tip of the Beara Peninsula.
In the County Kerry you can take a memorable boat trip to Skellig Michael and the ancient hermitage founded by monks some 1,300 years ago. Irish history is very much alive today and ready for the taking!
In Limerick you can find King John’s Castle in the very heart of the city’s medieval district or take in author Frank McCourt’s ‘Angela’s Ashes Walking tour’ or go mountain biking through the spectacular Ballyhoura Mountains.
You could take a drive through the majestic hills of Connemara, stopping off at the Cliffs of Moher to take in the beautiful scenery of one of Ireland’s most iconic sights. In the northern part of the driving route undiscovered parts of Sligo and Donegal will yearn to be discovered.
Lose yourself in Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and learn how to match the famously laid back pace of the Irish people. This is the ultimate in relaxation!