Wild Atlantic Way – Top Places to Visit
The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,600 km drive along Irelands West Coast. The famous route passes through 9 counties and 3 provinces. It stretches from County Donegal in Ulster to Kinsale, County Cork in Munster. The route provides spectacular scenery and is one of the longest coastal routes in the World. From start to finish the coastal route unfolds the wonders of nature, power of the ocean and the stunning countryside Ireland has to offer. With a constant meeting of water and land, towering cliffs, beaches and mystical islands; Ireland provides out of this world scenery and landscapes to all of its visitors.
During your visit to Ireland you should ensure you take this incredible route which boasts landscapes like you have never seen before. Take a look at some of the top attractions located along Irelands Wild Atlantic Way;
Ring of Kerry
If holidaying in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry has to be a priority as a destination. This route takes you through
10,000 years of dramatic history. It’s a road that takes you from deep forest to the crashing waters of the wild Atlantic. It’s a road through rugged, majestic landscapes off the beaten track to explore the hidden gems throughout the Kingdom of Kerry. This scenic drive is one of Irelands Top Tourist Attractions. Boasting panoramic Atlantic Ocean views, stunning islands, wild sweeping mountains, and many picturesque villages en-route. While the entire journey can be completed in around three hours non-stop, this really doesn’t do it justice. Relax and take in the breath-taking views the Kingdom of Kerry has to offer.
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The Dingle Peninsula offers beautiful sandy beaches both in the north and south of the peninsula. Leaving Tralee you will make your way over the Conor Pass, a narrow road that boasts breath-taking views. Similar to the Ring of Kerry, this is not a route that should be rushed. Sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, green pastures and quaint villages are just waiting to be explored. Many of the roads are very narrow and windy including the Slea Head Drive and Conor Pass. There are so many hidden gems and attractions to see here. This is a beautiful part of Ireland just waiting to be explored.
Cliffs of Moher
These are sea cliffs located in the southwestern edge of the Burren region, County Clare. The views from the top of these cliffs are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Their sheer drop into the ocean is a well known haven for seabirds. The cliffs stand tall at approximately 700 feet boasting some of the most breath-taking scenery. The cliffs offer panoramic views and coastal scenery from the cliffs edges. The Cliffs of Moher were formed over 320 million years ago and today they form part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark.
From dramatic coastal landscapes, historical treasures and spectacular islands, West Cork provides so many unique experiences. A visit to Mizen Head and Fastnet Lighthouse is a must. The lighthouse stands firm on Irelands most south-westerly point since the 19th century. Climb the 99 steps over the iconic bridge and watch out for basking sharks and humpback whales along the way. Another beautiful attraction to experience during your time in West Cork is Bantry House and Gardens. A 17th century mansion of the second Earl of Bantry, Richard White. The house showcases the Earls art and treasures from around the world which are still in the family who open the house to visitors. The upstairs window boasts a breath-taking view across Bantry Bay.
Connemara is a place of legend, folklore and profound beauty. Set in a scenic corner in County Galway, Connemara is bounded by the Atlantic. The region is known for its wild terrain and soft colours. The rust- coloured bogs, dry stone walls, coral beaches and sandy bays provide the most beautiful landscapes to Connemara’s visitors. The Irish language is cherished by the locals of this region. Traditions are strong here, from the food served to the music in pubs, Connemara is infused with unique Irish culture. If you’re looking for an authentic “trad session”, look no further. Musicians gather in cosy corners of pubs all over Connemara for traditional music sessions.