Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin – the Wild Atlantic Way |TWAW
Experience the untamed Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland, and start an adventure you’ll never want to end. Begin your journey of discovery as you experience one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal touring routes in the world. Wherever you travel along Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin – the Wild Atlantic Way, you’ll find magic, adventure, history and beauty in abundance. Divided into five main sections each one offers you memories that will last a lifetime and hopefully bring you back again. Start exploring now – take a drive on the wild side…. Behold the majesty of the wild Atlantic. From Donegal to Galway, Kerry to Cork, the sights and sounds of the ocean will stun your senses and reinvigorate your soul.
Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin – the Wild Atlantic Way Donegal
From Malin Head to Fanad Head and Inishowen to Slieve League, Donegal’s section of the wild Atlantic way route is full of stunning surprises. Over millions of years the Atlantic has carved dramatic crevices into the rugged headland that are stunning to behold. The dramatic Slieve League cliffs are said to be some of the best and highest examples of marine cliffs in the world. This summer, let the road take you on a journey of discovery through Donegal, a county of wonder and magic.
Donegal to Mayo
On the second stage of the Wild Atlantic Way, take in the majesty of Mullaghmore Head, Downpatrick Head and Keem Strand as you travel from Donegal to Mayo. Mullaghmore Head, off the coast of Sligo, is a paradise for surfers with a reputation for gigantic ‘prowler’ waves. Surfing schools abound in this neck of the woods, so if you want to get in on the action, take a lesson or two. Then it’s onwards to Downpatrick Head in Mayo, a spectacular headland rising 38 metres from the sea. Prepare to be charmed and beguiled by the sights and sounds of the Donegal to Mayo section of the WAW.
Mayo to Clare
As you continue through the WAW, the Mayo to Clare section of the route will offer up its own unique landscape for your pleasure. The picturesque fjord of Killary Harbour nestles in the heart of Connemara, providing the perfect holiday hideaway. Sample some delicious and world-renowned local mussels before moving on with your journey. The patchwork of tiny lakes in the Derrigimlagh Bog are ideally explored by bike, while the magnificent Cliffs of Moher in nearby Clare need no introduction. Take your time travelling this section – the wealth of scenic attractions is worth savouring.
Clare to Kerry
Before you say goodbye to Clare, visit the Loop Head peninsula, a region renowned for its breathtaking beauty. A visit to Loop Head Lighthouse offers panoramic views of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher and is well worth the climb. Onwards to Kerry, where the Blasket Islands – just a boat ride from the Dingle Peninsula – await, rich in Irish heritage. UNESCO World Heritage Site Skellig Michael is next on your journey, an attraction steeped in tranquility and mystique. Let the road take you on an exciting journey through the Clare and Kerry section of the WAW.
Kerry to Cork
The dramatic Kerry to Cork section of the Wild Atlantic Way provides the perfect backdrop to the end of your Atlantic odyssey.
The rugged, remote Beara Peninsula of Co Cork is a stunning sight, with views of mussel rafts and seal colonies of Kenmare offering the perfect excuse for a pitstop.
From Dursey Island to Mizen Head – Ireland’s most southern point – and then on to the Old Head of Kinsale, this stretch of the road should be enjoyed at leisure.
What better way to do that than to sample the fresh food and charming atmosphere of Kinsale itself?
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