The Wild Atlantic Way route takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes of the West of Ireland. Catch them as the sun sets for a dramatic and magical experience. Here’s our selection of 5 special places to catch a Wild Atlantic Way sunset:
1 – The iconic Cliffs of Moher
The mighty Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are Ireland’s most iconic natural attraction. Visiting after 4pm you can avoid the busiest times of the day and watch the sun set over the Atlantic, the cliffs and O’Brien’s Tower. Bring your binoculars as the cliffs are an area of special protection and you might be lucky to spot some of the many birds nesting at the cliffs (morning and early evening are prime time for bird watching in the area).
Tip: If you are walking The Burren Way, why don’t you visit before you start from Lahinch or take a short cab ride back from Doolin. The Cliffs of Moher are open until 9pm. If you are cycling the Wild Atlantic Way you can easily access the cliffs from Doolin.
2 – Mizen Head: Ireland’s most southerly point
If you are cycling the first section of the Wild Atlantic Way from Kinsale, you will reach Mizen Head in County Cork, Ireland’s most southern point (and only a couple of miles from Barley Cove), another fantastic spot to see the sun set over the Atlantic.
3 – Malin Head: Ireland’s most northernly point
And from the South to the very North: Malin Head, at the very top of the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, is Ireland’s most northerly point. You will reach Malin when you are cycling the last section of the Wild Atlantic Way from Gortahork to Derry.
4 – Connemara’s Killary fjord
Stunning Killary Harbour in Connemara is one of the only three glacial fjords in Ireland (along with Carlingford and Lough Swilly in Donegal). Killary marks the natural border between County Galway to the south and County Mayo to the north. The tiny village of Leenane, nestled in the mountain valley, overlooking Killary is a fantastic and peaceful place to watch the sun go down after a long day walking or cycling the Wild Atlantic Way.
You will stop in Leenane if you are walking The Western Way or cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from Galway to Westport.
5 – Clew Bay and its 365 islands
If you are cycling or walking the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill in County Mayo, you will be able to catch the sun setting over Clew Bay and its 365 islands, one for each day of the year. Mulranny, Westport Harbour and also Murrisk Pier (a few kms south of Westport) are all great sunset spots.
These are only 5 of the many wonderful sunset spots along the Wild Atlantic Way, picked by the team. There are hundreds of magnificent beaches on the Wild Atlantic Way, ideal for an evening stroll and the perfect place to catch one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most magical sunsets: Inch Beach in the Dingle Peninsula, Mullaghmore Beach in Sligo, the sandy coves of Connemara and Beara Peninsula… we’d love to hear your suggestions!
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