Wild Atlantic Way

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Have you ever dreamt of embarking on a journey of discovery, to hidden places and secret worlds where all kinds of enchantments lie waiting for you?  Well now you can, along the wildest, most captivating, coastal driving route in the world – Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way! 

Tucked away in little villages and towns that snuggle into the coastline are delightful cafés and restaurants, where you can indulge in your passion for good food and great wine. Maybe you will hear a few words of Irish spoken along the way in Ireland’s Gaeltacht (Irish speaking regions) or reignite your passion for life while surfing on magnificent waves off the coast of Donegal and Sligo.  Or you might take time to reflect on times past with a visit to the ruins of a sixth century monastic settlement on the  stunning Skellig Michael in Kerry. You may roam through the romantic beauty of scenic Ards Forest Park in Donegal.  Or you might watch the weather change from the historic Clare Island Lighthouse in Mayo.  Wherever you go along the Wild Atlantic Way,  you will encounter moments of magic,  moments to treasure and experiences that you will want to return to again and again.

If you’re looking for something that little bit special, take in one of the ‘Signature Experiences’ at some of the breath-taking Discovery Points along the Way. Here, at these points of outstanding scenic beauty, are experiences that every visitor will savour – from celebrating the summer solstice at Féile Grianán Áiligh in Donegal to trekking across the sands on a Connemara Pony in Galway to experiencing the lush vegetation and sub-tropical shrubs of Garinish Island in Cork. This Manual provides some examples of the many treasures hidden along the Wild Atlantic Way that lie off the beaten track and are therefore generally more suited to independent travellers. This breath-taking coastal route will intrigue and remain in your heart and mind long after you have returned home to the everyday world.

Discover more by downloading Secrets of the Wild Atlantic Way.