Can I walk the Wild Atlantic Way route?

hiking-achill-island-walking-wild-atlantic-way-ireland-waysYes, you can. The actual Wild Atlantic Way route is marked a driving route, covering over 2000kms of coastline along the West of Ireland. The route is well marked with the distinctive Wild Atlantic Way blue logo (see picture). At we have created both cycling and walking tours taking in the best of the Wild Atlantic Way:

Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way

irish-wild-atlantic-way-beach-sign-ireland-waysFrom Kinsale to Derry, we have divided the Wild Atlantic Way in manageable sections ranging in duration from 5 to 8 days. You can also choose to cycle part of or the whole Wild Atlantic Way route if you like. Cycling the whole Wild Atlantic Way will take you approximately 55 days. When you are cycling, you will be mainly following the Wild Atlantic Way signs.

Walking the Wild Atlantic Way

While you can’t technically follow the Wild Atlantic Way on foot (as the route follows roads), we have selected the most beautiful walking trails taking in the main villages, towns and most spectacular regions along the Wild Atlantic Way, such as the Beara Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, Galway and the Aran Islands, Donegal’s Slieve League cliffs and more…

walking-trail-marking-ireland-waysWhile walking these routes you will be following specific route markings and the walking yellow man (see picture), as opposed to the Wild Atlantic Way markings. These are the walking tours on the Wild Atlantic Way, currently offered by

The Beara Way in the Beara Peninsula.

The Sheep’s Head Way from Bantry, in West Cork.

The Kerry Way taking in the beauty of the Ring of Kerry.

The Dingle Way in the Dingle Peninsula, including the Kerry Camino from Tralee to Dingle.

The Burren Way where you will walk by the famous Cliffs of Moher.

The Aran Islands, always fascinating.

The Western Way from Galway to Westport.

The Bluestack & Sli Cholmcille Way following old pilgrim paths in County Donegal.

For more information about cycling or walking the Wild Atlantic Way route or to book your walking trip in Ireland, contact our travel specialists



  1. by Maria

    Hi Aaron, it sounds like a very worthy and interesting challenge. As you mention, the Wild Atlantic Way follows roads so it might be better to cycle it, if you’d like to follow it Wild Atlantic Way all the way. Otherwise, if you are keen to walk it, we would suggest following marked walking routes where possible, such as the Beara Way and Sheep’s Head Way in West Cork, the Kerry Way/Dingle Way in County Kerry and follow the Burren Way from Lahinch to Ballyvaughan, as well as a section of the St Colmcille Way in Donegal, we hope this helps: We are closing applications for the Greenlife Fund, which might be of interest: Kindest regards.

  2. by Aaron Moroney

    To whom it may concern,

    I’ve recently returned from south east Asia and wish to continue travelling in my own country. My friend and I are seriously considering walking the wild Atlantic way (the whole route, north to south) for charity. We’ll both select charity’s that we care for, raise money and split the costs, divided between the two charity’s equally.

    We’ll support ourselves, but we will take any sponsorships that are available in the form of accommodation and food. We’ve researched the distances and we estimate it’s over 2000km. It should take us two and a half months.

    We are aware most of the wild Atlantic way is roads. We don’t mind walking roads but I’m sure there’s places where there’s more suitable roads or walkways available. If you could advice us anyway we’d appreciate it.

    Ps: this is an idea and not a fact yet, we have just begun talking about it and are just researching.

    yours sincerely,
    Aaron Moroney & billy Lyons.


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