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Wild Atlantic Way

Coastal Driving

The wildest most captivating coastal driving route in the world

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The Wild Atlantic Way stretches for 2,500km along Ireland’s western seaboard. From Donegal in the north to Cork in the south, through regions like Connemara, The Burren, Galway Bay and Kerry

You’ll drive routes that ring great peninsulas reaching out into the ocean. Tiny roads hug the shoreline then switchback high above the Atlantic swell. Tucked away in little villages and towns that snuggle into the coastline are delightful cafes and restaurants where you can indulge in your passion for good food and great wine. 

This breath – taking coastal route will intrigue and remain in your heart and mind long after you have returned home to the everyday world.

Take a look at the independent travellers guide to the many treasures hidden along the Wild Atlantic Way that lie off the beaten track, view the map and plan your driving route through the 4 regions below.

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Fun Guide to the South West 

Regions of the West

North West - Donegal Leitrim & Sligo

  • Start at Malin Head Ireland’s most northerly point where the wild Atlantic has carved deep crevices into the rugged headland.
  • Watch them weave magic into Donegal tweed
  • Silver Strand beach is a spectacular hidden gem of a beach at Malin Beg
  • Call into Kitty Kelly’s and pick up an Irish Coffee making lesson 
  • Try your hand at surfing in Bundoran the spiritual home of the Irish surf scene
  • See giant swells up to 100ft high off Mullaghmore head
  • Visit Spanish Armada shipwrecks at Streedagh Beach 

 North West Guide Car Tour Itenerary

West - Mayo & Galway

  • Visit Clare Island Lighthouse at Clew Bay
  • Take a boat trip around the many islands of this scenic bay
  • Cross the road bridge to Ireland’s largest island – Achill Island – with its tall seacliffs, bare mountains and sweeping sandy beaches
  • Trek across sands on a Connemara pony
  • Hire a bike in Connemara’s ‘capital’ Clifden, and strike out across the starkly strange blanket bog
  • Walk the promenade at Salthill overlooking Galway bay on the ouskirts of Galway city

 West Guide Car tour itenerary 

Mid West - Clare & Limerick

  • Take in the sights of the Burren; a vast limestone landscape stretching across northern Clare and southern Galway
  • Stroll along the Doolin Cliff Walk of County Clare, the sea cliffs leading to the Cliffs of Moher
  • A boat trip will allow you experience the mighty Cliffs of Moher from sea level
  • At the western tip of County Clare, peaceful roads and deserted beaches stretch out along the Loop Head Drive
  • See and hear the Shannon Dolphins where the river Shannon meets the Atlantic

 Mid West Guide Car tour itenerary

South West - Kerry & Cork

  • Wander among the ruined cottages of Great Blasket island  
  • Visit Dingle, Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht town
  • Take a lesson in the making and tasting of traditional Irish Pork Sausages and Colecannon.
  • Gallop on horseback along the 7 miles of Rossbeigh beach
  • Experience many aspects of the offshore Skellig islands at The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre
  • Hop on to Ireland’s only cable car to explore Dursey Island
  • Take a walk to the most southern tip of Ireland with views of Fastnet lighthouse at Mizen Head

 South West Guide Car tour itenerary