It doesn’t matter whether you’ve lived in Ireland your whole life, or you are a tourist visiting for the first time; the Wild Atlantic Way is a truly spectacular part of Ireland. The country is full of magical adventures and breath-taking sights at every turn, and it has something for everyone to revel in. Whether it’s a busy city or the rugged countryside, Ireland offers all aspects of life. If you’re the type of person who enjoys losing themselves in the outdoors and gaining new experiences, then the Wild Atlantic Way is a must-see.
Explore the wilderness and uncover a trail of sensational Irish culture. Stretching over 2500km, it’s truly a journey of discovery. The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal route, and packs in a lot along the way; many of Ireland’s top attractions can be accessed by this route, as well as some hidden gems. Winding down along the west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula, there’s plenty of adventure for everyone.
Tucked away in the north, the northern headlands are renowned for its remote and rugged location. With a dramatically stunning landscape, there is a sense of uncovering something new and off the radar. This is where nature comes into its own, with stunning areas of natural beauty and awe-inspiring scenes.
Malin Head is Ireland’s most northerly point, complete with rugged headlines such as Hell’s Hole. With panoramic views from Banba’s Crown, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights if you’re lucky!
Also in the north are the Slieve League Cliffs, or Sliabh Liag in Irish. Showcasing the best and highest examples of marine cliffs in Europe, you have the chance to take in the full scale of Ireland’s scenery.
The Wild Atlantic Way passes a number of bays, including the largest one known as Crew Bay. Where water and land meet, this area of the route gives you a completely new experience of Ireland’s nature.
Killary Fjord, surrounded by mountains, is often frequented by dolphins and is an incredibly peaceful area. In the heart of Connemara, it’s a magical area to explore.
Meanwhile, Achill Island offers sandy beaches and sea cliffs and is even home to an abandoned settlement, giving you an insight into what life was like.
As the Wild Atlantic Way makes it way down to the south of Ireland, the sights continue to be incredibly exciting. With 5 peninsulas stretching out miles into the ocean, you have an unrivalled view at every turn. Feeling as though you’re on the edge of the world, explore Skellig Michael and uncover the stark beauty of this part of the country.
Accessible only by boat, Skellig Michael is a 6th century monastic settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site. With otherworldly views, it is inhabited mostly by seabirds.
In other parts of the southern Wild Atlantic Way, Dursey Island, accessed by the only cable car in Ireland, is a secluded gem complete with a lighthouse and castle ruins.
Wherever you choose to explore Ireland this year, don’t forget to pack your Irish sweater and really immerse yourself in the Irish culture!