Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is an epic 2000km-long marked coastal route that captures the breathtaking landscapes and pure magic of the West of Ireland in all its glory.
The route starts in the coastal town of Kinsale, Ireland’s self-proclaimed gourmet capital, and takes in miles and miles of sheer beauty along the Atlantic coast of Ireland all the way to North County Donegal.
How can you explore the Wild Atlantic Way?
Named one of the world’s best road trips, the Wild Atlantic Way is marked so you can follow it easily as a driving route. This unforgettable road trip will take you to some of the most remote and scenic parts of Atlantic Ireland. For more details, check out our: Wild Atlantic Way road trips.
Cycling is a fantastic way to explore the Wild Atlantic Way if you’d like to ditch the car and hit the road on two wheels. You can cycle your preferred section or, if you are up for the challenge, cycle the whole Wild Atlantic Way route. At IrelandWays.com we have divided the Wild Atlantic Way route in 11 manageable cycling sections but the distance and length of your cycling trip can be tailored to suit your travel plans. For beginners, families and leisure cyclists, the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill Island is the best option as you will enjoy the same spectacular views of the Wild Atlantic Way but following a traffic-free greenway. For more details, check out our: cycling holidays in Ireland.
If you are more of a hiker than a cyclist, we recommend you head for the hills and conquer some of the fantastic walking trails to be found in the West of Ireland. Technically you won’t be following the Wild Atlantic Way, as these hiking trails are gloriously off road but you will be spending the night in some of the most beautiful Wild Atlantic Way towns and villages, so you can get the best of both worlds. In our opinion, hiking in Ireland is a must-do and you should add it to your travel bucket list if you haven’t done so yet! For more details, check out our: hiking in Ireland tours.
What will you find along the Wild Atlantic Way?
Beauty in its purest form and scenery that will blow your mind, those are the two main reasons why we believe you should pack your bags immediately and head West to the Wild Atlantic Way.
Along the route, you will find many so-called ‘discovery points’ marking not-to-be missed spots. Each region has its own attractions and interesting attractions but here’s a selection of the most memorable places you will encounter on your Wild Atlantic Way trip:
Countless sandy beaches and coves from Inch Beach in Kerry to Mullaghmore in Sligo, Yeats’ County; and Keem Bay in Achill Island.
Picturesque towns and villages where to rest your feet and enjoy a pint in a cosy pub, such as Kinsale, Doolin, Dingle, Galway, Clifden, Ardara…
Endless beauty and scenery that will just simply leave you speechless…