Wild Atlantic Way

Take part in an incredible journey on the Irish West coast!

The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational route that showcases the magnificence of Ireland’s West Coast
from soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities to stunning headlands, epic bays and hidden beaches.

Highlights

  Dublin City  
  Slieve League Cliffs
  Kilcar Weavers
  Inishowen and Malin Head
  Sligo Seaweed Bath  
  Killary Harbour
  Cliffs of Moher 
  Loop Head
  Dingle Peninsula
  Ring of Kerry

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Day 1. Welcome to Dublin
Arrival in Dublin and explore the highlights of the Irish capital. Visit the Phoenix Park or enjoy a picnic in St Stephen’s Green. Visit Croke Park, the home of Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, and learn more about Irish Football and Hurling in the GAA Museum. In the evening, witness the thrilling ambience of Dublin nightlife. As you walk around the narrow cobbled streets, stop in one of the many musical pubs in Temple Bar and enjoy a pint of Guinness. Overnight in County Dublin.

Day 2. Enniskillen – Donegal
Leave Dublin after breakfast and drive northwest via Enniskillen. Your first stop will be Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum. This fifty-year-old hillside Folk Park consists of six replica thatched cottages, filled with authentic furnishings covering three centuries of life in the area. The entire village is designed, built and maintained by locals, a testimony to the pride this community takes in its heritage. In the afternoon, stop at the impressive Slieve League cliffs, the highest sea cliffs in Ireland, which rise 601m from sea level and offer magnificent views across the Atlantic Ocean. Admire the traditional tweed weavers at Studio Donegal in Kilcar, where local materials and tradition take pride of place. Overnight in County Donegal.

Day 3. Inishowen Peninsula
Take a drive up to the beautiful peninsula of Inishowen and visit Ireland’s most northerly point —Malin Head. Visit Fanad Head, home to the Fanad lighthouse, which locals claim to be higher than the Eiffel Tower! Enjoy stunning scenery and incredible beaches. Watch out for grey seals bobbing in the sea, pretty coves and powerful waves crashing across the rocks. Overnight in County Donegal.

Day 4. Sligo
After breakfast, leave Donegal for County Sligo. Stop at Mullaghmore for a view of the iconic Sligo mountain, Ben Bulben, in Yeats Country. Don’t miss Lissadell House, a magnificent seashore estate, which was once home to the famous Gore-Booth family. Continue to County Mayo and visit the Georgian town of Westport at the foot of Ireland’s pilgrimage mountain, Croagh Patrick. Enjoy gourmet restaurants and traditional music, and ready yourself for the trip south through Connemara, a region of unparalleled natural beauty. Overnight in County Mayo.

Day 5. Connemara
Today it’s time to visit Ireland’s most spectacular scenery in the Connemara region. Here you will see the fairytale Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian Walled Garden. Close by is the Killary, one of only 3 glacial fjords in Ireland. Connemara National Park, with its coastal boardwalk and Diamond Hill, is a captivating expanse of mountains, heaths and woodlands. Dotted throughout this spectacular region is a wealth of archaeological remains, from megalithic court tombs to famine villages. Enjoy the spectacular scenic views of offshore islands from the Sky Road before you head to your hotel for the night. Overnight in County Galway.

Day 6. Cliffs of Moher – Loop Head – Kerry
Leave Galway and spend time exploring Clare and the Burren region. The Burren is a unique limestone landscape famed for its caves, karst pavements, and mix of Mediterranean and Arctic flora. Amidst the stone see ruined churches, and megalithic tombs which predate the Roman and even Egyptian civilisations. Next stop is the Cliffs of Moher – one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, with an award-winning subterranean visitor centre. The Cliffs reach 214m at their highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean. From the cliffs, where O’Brien’s Tower stands on a headland, look out at the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maumturk Mountains in Connemara, and Loop Head to the South. Overnight in County Kerry.

Day 7. Dingle Peninsula
Dingle, the smallest of the three Kerry peninsulas, has a lot to offer in terms of beauty, authenticity and wonder. It is a Gaeltacht region, where people still use the Irish language and old traditions in their everyday life. Follow the coastal road up to Slea Head, the most Westernly point in Europe, laze on the beautiful sandy beach and enjoy the views of the Blasket Islands. In the afternoon visit the colourful Dingle village, famed for its music, its extraordinary seafood and its famous inhabitant – Fungi the dolphin! Overnight in County Kerry.

Day 8. Iveragh Peninsula
Follow along Ireland’s most famous coastal road – the Ring of Kerry. The more than 170km long ring-road takes in beautiful little villages and stunning bays and valleys, as well as breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the picturesque fishing village Portmagee for a mouth-watering seafood lunch or indulge your sweet tooth by visiting the Skellig Chocolate Factory at the Westernly tip of the peninsula. Overnight in County Kerry.

Day 9. Cork – Dublin
Leave the Atlantic Coast today and head back to Dublin. Stop in Cork on the way, and visit the English Market – Ireland’s most famous undercover food market, dating from the 1780s. Arrive back in Dublin in the late afternoon, enjoy a last pint in one of the many pubs, or take a drive to the coastal village of Howth to enjoy a stroll along the harbour and some fabulous seafood. Overnight in County Dublin.

Day 10. Departure – Slán abhaile!!

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