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Wild Atlantic Way

Wild, Rugged, Liberating

Imagine driving along the absolute edge of Western Europe, Imagine exploring a 2,500km (1,553 miles) long coastline dotted with beaches, harbours, headlands and stunning viewing points, imagine stopping yourcar, feeling the salt spray in your face and the exhalation of Atlantic surf. You can do it all and more on the Wild Atlantic Way … a journey of inspiration!

Have you ever dreamed 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 cafes 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.

Have you ever dreamed 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 cafes 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 our ‘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.

Explore Connemara

Explore Connemara

There’s so much to sea and things to do in Connemara!

Use our interactive map to find out more information on the many attractions the region has to offer..

Walking

 

For less experienced walkers and families, the Diamond Hill Trail in the Connemara National Park is well sign-posted and highly accessible, and those who make it to the top are rewarded with expansive panoramic vistas across Connemara.There are four trails in Connemara National Park. A Must when you visit Connemara. There is also a lovely coffee shop and great playground for the kids... Read More >>

Cycling

Electric and Hybrid Bike Hire and Tours – Roam the highways and byways of Connemara at your leisure. Make molehills out of those mountains, cruise gently along the bog road, and strike out those quite, secluded beaches that are now within easy reach! Read More >>

Sightseeing

Set between the Atlantic Ocean, 12 Ben Mountains and preserved boglands, lies the town of Clifden on the Coast of Connemara. Enhanced by spectacular scenery, championship golfing, horse-riding, walking, cycling, hill walking, beaches, fishing, scubadiving, painting, national parks, abbeys, castle ruins and over 5,000 years of living history. Read More >>

Wild Atlantic Way

Imagine driving along the absolute edge of Western Europe, Imagine exploring a 2,500km (1,553 miles) long coastline dotted with beaches, harbours, headlands and stunning viewing points, imagine stopping yourcar, feeling the salt spray in your face and the exhalation of Atlantic surf. You can do it all and more on the Wild Atlantic Way… a journey of inspiration! Read More >>

Outdoor Adventure

There's a wide range of fun outdoor activities in Connemara. Choose from coasteering, kayaking, surfing, rock climbing or hill walking.

Training is provided in mountain skills and navigation, lead climbing, white water kayaking. Read More >>

Fishing

Connemara is surrounded by rivers and lakes that is home to world-class brown trout and the majestic Atlantic Salmon. Read More >>

Tours & Cruises

 

No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm. Read More >>

Beaches

Two miles from Roundstone, on the road to Clifden, are two of the finest beaches in Ireland. Gurteen Beach and Dog’s Bay lie back to back forming a tombolo jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. Read More >>

Shopping

Connemara offers many shops to enjoy, whether you're browsing for a special gift, or looking for a souvenir, or just treating yourself... See what's near to where you're staying...
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WHERE EVER 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

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