Sometimes the places on our doorstep are as beautiful as the places we travel abroad to explore. Did you know that the Wild Atlantic Way is the longest coastal tourism route in the world? It is waiting for you to explore it. The Wild Atlantic Way is a road trip on many people’s travel bucket list when they visit Ireland so I think it is time we started to appreciate the beauty that lies on our doorstep.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to publish a range of blog post all about the Wild Atlantic Way. These will feature adventures, surfing, bays, walks, cuisine, hidden gems and much more. We will be writing about the six beautiful regions along the Wild Atlantic Way – Northern Headlands, The Surf Coast, The Bay Coast, The Cliff Coast, The Southern Peninsulas and the Haven Coast. If you would like to be included in these blog post, just pop us an email with your travel tips and things to do along the Wild Atlantic Way. The more the merrier. Help us showcase the beauty, adventure and gems along the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Wild Atlantic Way is an enchanting 2,500km route along the West of Ireland’s coastline. The route itself stretches from the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal, to Kinsale in Co. Cork.
Throughout your journey you will find gems which are full of ancient history and has made Ireland what it is today. The Old Head of Kinsale which is the most Southern point along the Wild Atlantic way is a spot that will take your breath away. The Old Head Signal Tower has been restored which now is home to the Lusitania museum. You can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area and sea from the top. On the most Northern point along the Wild Atlantic way is Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head.
The food culture along the Wild Atlantic way is one you will enjoy indulging in. Pop off in a delightful café for some homemade baking, indulge in the best restaurants in the world, pay a visit to some spectacular food producers along the way and finish your day enjoying local craft beer in a traditional Irish pub. There is something for everybody’s taste buds.
Along the Wild Atlantic Way you will find hidden gems, coastal walks, scenic cycling routes, watersports, cuisine, adventures, hikes, culture, world heritage sites and much more. All these highlights are spotted along the route among the stunning scenery and seascapes. One of my favourite things about the Wild Atlantic way is the craic after a day of adventure. You can go sit by the fire in an old traditional pub, meet the locals and soak up the live music on offer. It really is the people you meet along the way that make your trip so memorable.
There are 159 discovery points to choose from along the Wild Atlantic Way but among these discovery points, 15 have been chosen as Signature Points as these destinations are unique and iconic which shape Ireland’s West Coast.
The Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Points are:
- Malin Head, Co Donegal
- Fanad Head, Co Donegal
- Sliabh Liag, Co Donegal
- Mullaghamore Head, Co Sligo
- Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo
- Keem Strand, Co Mayo
- Killary Harbour (South), Co Galway
- Derrigimlagh, Co Galway
- Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare
- Loop Head, Co Clare
- Blaskets View, Co Kerry
- Skelligs View, Co Kerry
- Dursey Island, Co Cork
- Mizen Head, Co Cork
- Old Head of Kinsale, Co Cork
Whether you explore one of the 100s of discovery points, tick of some of the 15 signature discovery points, try an adrenaline pumping adventure, go on a hike, enjoy a coastal walk, catch a wave surfing or meet the locals along the way for a trad session, you will create memories to last a lifetime along the Wild Atlantic Way.
One of our first ever online series was of the Wild Atlantic Way and we did two series on it. You can check out series 1 here and series 2 here. It was such a fun online series to film and put together and I cannot help but smile looking back on it. I hope you do too and you find some gems to explore along the way.
What’s your favourite thing about the Wild Atlantic Way?