Where land and sea collide. Where untamed beauty abounds. Welcome to unforgettable experiences.
Have you ever dreamed of discovering the rugged beauty of Ireland, and discovering places that you have never visited before?
Well now you can, along the longest, most westerly coastal drive in Europe, the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way, voted by Lonely Planet among the top ten places to visit in the world. The drive stretches from Malin, in Donegal North West Ireland, to Mizen in Cork the south western point of the Island. This amazing driving route takes in some of Ireland’s most breath taking scenery, along with little towns and villages, that are home to some of Ireland’s best food.
Starting in Main Head, the most northerly point on the island, you travel to Fanad Head in Donegal, home to one of the world most beautiful lighthouses. Then you drive to the cliffs at Sliabh Liag. Travelling through Sligo county, a mecca for surfers, onto Mayo, and the majestic heritage site at Downpatrick Head. Make sure you do not miss Keem Strand, which is a sheltered rural beach surrounded by cliffs at Achill, Ireland’s largest off shore island.
You then travel through Galway county, and the beautiful Connemara area. Located in the heart of Connemara, is Killary Harbour, one of three glacial fjards that exist in Ireland. Truly the most stunning scenery you can imagine.
The iconic Cliffs of Moher in Clare stretch for 8 km along the Atlantic coastline and are one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. Continuing along the coast you arrive at Loop Head where the River Shannon estuary meets the Atlantic Ccean. This is a haven for wildlife, with thousands of sea birds making their nests on the rock ledges, and an estimated 160 bottle-nose dolphins living in the mouth of the Shannon river.
Arriving to the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, home of the mystical Blasket Islands, you base yourself in Castlewood House, just on the edge of Dingle Town. Learn how Ireland’s traditional culture was strong in this isolated island community, and how people lived simply off the land and sea. Make sure to visit the scenic locations where Ryan’s Daughter was filmed, and of course experience the fantastic food that Dingle has to offer.
Leaving Dingle and Kerry county, head towards Cork, and visit Dursey Island (pictured) which is accessed by Ireland’s only cable car. Continue your drive to the final point Mizen Head, Cork. Ireland’s most south westerly point and a really spell binding place.
Truly a voyage of discovery and a must for any lover of Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way has lots to offer and discover.