The Wild Atlantic Way runs from Kinsale in West Cork to The Tip of the Inisowen Peninsula in County Donegal. It is 2500 km of stunning wild atlantic scenery. It is one of the world’s longest single coastal tourism trail and takes in some of Ireland’s most unforgettable destinations.
Here are our Top 10 Places to visit on the Wild Atlantic Way.
1. Mizen Head Penisula & Barleycove Beach in West Cork.
2. The Beara Peninsula and Castletownbere in Co. Cork.
3. The Ring of Skellig and Skellig Michael in Co Kerry.
4. The Dingle Peninsula and Inch Beach in Co. Kerry.
5. West Clare, The Cliffs of Moher and Burren in Co Clare.
6. The Connemara Coastal Loop from Clifden to Killary Harbour.
7. Atlantic Coastline on Achill Island and Keel Beach in Co Mayo.
8. Sligo to Ben Bulben and Glencar Waterfall in Co. Sligo.
9. Slieve League Cliffs & Glencolmcille in Co Donegal.
10. Malin Head and Inisowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal.
Here is a list of highly recommended journeys to take:
Sky Road, County Galway
This short 12km loop from Victorian-era town of Clifden hits some of west Ireland’s most gorgeous (and famous) rugged coastline along Clifden Bay en route to Kingston village and back. It’s so short, some go by bike or foot.
Lough Inagh Valley, County Galway
In from Galway’s fabled coast, the short drive up R344 from playfully named village of Recess reaches a scene of magnificent desolation: stark brown landscapes, with jutting peaks of the Twelve Bens mountain range dotted by cloud shadows. Look for a track to the west at the north end of the valley to explore deeper parts.
Ring of Kerry, County Kerry
South of Galway, the 179km circuit — looming west of the well-lubed tourist machine town of Killarney — is one of Ireland’s greatest, most diverse (and lengthy) jaw-dropping circle drives, this taking in jaw-dropping coastal scenery and pristine beaches, medieval ruins, loughs (lakes) and emerald green meadows — plus villages with traditional pubs. The best stretch is between Waterville and Caherdaniel in the southwest of the peninsula.
Healy Pass, County Cork
Also in southwest corner, this short 11km drive over the other-wordly Healy Pass from Lauragh to Adrigole offers spectacular views of the rocky inland scenery. Consider a 1km detour west of Lauragh on R571 to Glanmore Lake, with the remains of an old hermitage on a tiny island in the middle.