Updated: May 8
Many of us have completed the famous NC500 route and since then, nothing seems to compare! There's no need to head for route 66, The Wild Atlantic Way is another beautiful route right on your doorstep!
As one of the worlds longest coastal routes the Wild Atlantic Way stretches a whopping 1,600 miles! Through out you will be amazed by the sights, sunsets and views Ireland has to offer!
The route starts on the Inishowen Peninsular in Co. Donegal and goes through counties Leitrim, Slingo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry finishing in Kinsale County Cork.
Although the route is pre-planned where you explore along the way isn't, our team have picked out a few you wont want to miss!
Farrens Bar, Malin head
Kick off or even end your trip with a visit to Ireland's most northerly pub, Farrens Bar! Established in 1825 Farrens is an old style bar bursting with local atmosphere and a warm welcome by the fire! No trip would be complete without seeing your name in your pint of Guinness and with a 23 hour licence paired with pizza until 1am we are sold! Here you are also within walking distance from all the local landmarks including the wee house of malin and Bamba's Crown (Ireland's Most Northerly Point).
Beach lovers this one is a pit stop you just cant refuse! Voted the 2nd most beautiful beach in THE WORLD you really need to see it for yourself. This beauty also features views of the Inishowen Peninsular and some of the most spectacular sunsets you've ever seen!
Mullaghmore Head, Sligo
Head over to the stunning coastal cliffs Mullaghmore Head where you could be lucky enough to witness the 'Prowlers' which are waves that rise as high as 100ft, higher than anywhere else in Ireland! This area is a popular one for the surfers!
Although there are plenty of deserted islands off the west coast of Ireland, Achill Island is the largest! Located just off the west coast of Mayo this beauty holds 5 blue flag beaches, walking tours and countryside pubs galore! There is so much to see and do on Achill Island, you won't be disappointed! Access is via a road bridge making it easy to visit.
Clifden is one of Irelnad's most popular towns and also around the halfway point of the Wild Atlantic Way route, a great opportunity to stock up on any essentials! This town has something to suit everyone and every budget!
Cliffs of Moher
Its easy to see why this location is so popular among travellers across the world. Loose yourself in picturesque views as far as the eye can see at Ireland's most visited natural attraction. On a clear day you will be able to see Aran Island's, Galway Bay, Dingle Peninsular and the blanket Island's at Kerry. If your lucky enough to be able to pick a time slot in your itinerary to visit this place we highly recommend going at sunset for the most amazing photo opportunities!
Skellig Michael is a 1300 year old Monestry carved in to the cliff side and is now a UNESCO world heritage site! Although access is limited by boat the views that it has to offer are well worth it! If your a Star Wars fans you'll b excited to know that two of the films were filmed right here too. As George Barnard Shaw once said "It's part of our dream world"
If your looking for one of the best sunset locations in Ireland the Dursey Island is a must visit! Access is by Ireland's one and only cable cart which takes around 10 minutes.
Now we reach the most southerly point of Ireland, climb down the steps at the edge of the peninsular and along the arched suspension bridge to the point which you can go no further.
One of the most popular start/finish points for the Wild Atlantic Way is the small fishing village of Kinsdale. This beautiful village hosts bars, restaurants, cafes and more but not forgetting most important of all, the views!