The summer sunshine has stirred up feelings of wanderlust and free spirit in our bellies. Have you always dreamed of planning a once-in-a-lifetime road trip with a new adventure lying around each corner? We’re all guilty of failing to see what’s right on our very own doorstep. A jaunt along Route 66 may be a little far-fetched at such short notice, but Ireland’s very own Wild Atlantic Way gives the infamous route a serious run for its money. Easily squeezed into a short family break in Ireland, it is well sign-posted and boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.
Begin your trip at the country’s most southerly point with a short stay at The Kingsley Hotel in Cork City. Located minutes from the city’s airport and train station, a relaxing overnight stay is the perfect starting point to relax and re-energise you ahead of your fun-filled trek along the west coast. Here’s our ultimate pitstop guide to spectacular viewpoints along the Wild Atlantic Way. Don’t forget to pack your GoPro!
A dramatic piece of coastline jutting out over 3km into the Atlantic Ocean, the area is renowned for its world-class 18 hole golf course. A leisurely stop in the charming seaside town of Kinsale is a must for the enthusiastic foodie. Bustling with some of the county’s top restaurants and cafes, your tastebuds will come alive with tantalizing flavours and fresh produce from the sea.
Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve, Lough Hyne is a unique saltwater lake situated outside the West Cork town of Skibbereen. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the lake is connected to the Atlantic Ocean via Barloge Creek. Tidal flows from the sea twice daily, creating a magical habitat of warm oxygenated sea water. A romantic starlight kayak is a must for couples. Enjoy the reflection of the stars and moonlight dazzling on the water’s surface as the light emitted from the marine life causes the 1,000 tiny lights to stir as you paddle.
For the Star Wars fanatic, Skellig Michael looms in the distance from the Ring of Kerry. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to the site of a well-preserved monastic outpost of the Early Christian period and over 27,000 pairs of gannets.
On to the west coast of county Clare, Spanish Point is named after those who died when the Spanish Armada fleet hit stormy weather in 1588. The area’s long stretch of golden sand is ideal for a family picnic on the beach – weather permitting of course!
Did someone say selfie? The epitome of Ireland’s coastline, millions of tourists flock annually to enjoy the panoramic views along the geographical point’s 8km stretch. A pitstop at The Cliffs Of Moher should be at the top of your bucket list.
The rugged landscape of Connemara must be seen in all its glory. The picturesque village of Spiddal is one of the country’s few remaining Irish-only speaking communities. It is highly-recommended to catch a mesmerizing sunset by the pier whilst looking out upon the stunning harbour.
An extension of the famous limestone rocks of The Burren, a boat trip to the largest of the Galway Aran Islands will unveil an array of jaw-dropping scenery from pretty as a picture patchwork fields, to rare plant-life and uniformed dry stone walls.
Minutes outside Westport town lies the majestic summit of Croagh Patrick. A pilgrimage since pre-Christian times, St. Patrick is said to have fasted on the mountain for 40 days. Guided tours to the statue are available to visitors during peak season. All you need to do is pack a pair of sturdy boots and put on a brave face to combat the climb ahead.
Get lost along the winding roads of the Inishowen peninsula in north Donegal before making a pilgrimage to St. Eigne’s Well at the top of the Gap of Mamore.
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