Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

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Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

The Wild Atlantic Way is the world's longest and arguably most spectacular coastal driving route. Follow the rugged, winding coast line to discover otherworldly landscapes; coves and islands, beaches and bays, cliffs and villages. Get lost in the wilderness and raw beauty of this unique place. To make the most of your epic journey, follow our 30 point route beginning in the northernmost point of Ireland--Malin Head, Donegal--heading south through Mayo, Galway, Clare, and Kerry to Ireland's most southerly point: Mizen Head, Cork.

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County Donegal

From Malin Head to Slieve League, Donegal's section of the Wild Atlantic Way is studded with alluring landscapes. Over millions of years, the Atlantic has carved dramatic crevices into the rugged headland, with the Slieve League cliffs said to be some of the highest marine cliffs in the world. Explore the windswept landscape which has inspired so many songs and legends.

Donegal to Mayo

Take in the majesty of Mullaghmore Head, Downpatrick Head and Keem Strand as you journey from Donegal to Mayo. Mullaghmore Head, off the coast of Sligo, is a paradise for surfers well-known for its gigantic 'prowler' waves. Surfing schools abound in this neck of the woods, so if you want to get in on the action, take a lesson or two. Then it's onwards to Downpatrick Head in Mayo, a spectacular headland rising 38 metres from the sea. Don't miss Keem Strand on Achill Island, with its picturesque sandy beaches and awe-inspiring rugged coastline.

Mayo to Clare

From Mayo, continue South-West toward Clare. The picturesque fjord of Killary Harbour nestles in the heart of Connemara, the perfect holiday hideaway. The patchwork of tiny lakes in the Derrigimlagh Bog are ideally explored by bike, while the magnificent Cliffs of Moher in nearby Clare need no introduction. Take your time travelling this section - the wealth of beautiful scenery is something worth savouring.

Clare to Kerry

Leaving Clare, stop by the Loop Head Lighthouse, whose panoramic views of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher are well worth the climb. Onwards to Kerry, where the Blasket Islands - just a boat ride from the Dingle Peninsula - where stunning landscapes suspend disbelief. UNESCO World Heritage Site Skellig Michael is next on your journey, a mystical place steeped in culture and legacy. From here, head east to Kenmare and onward toward Cork - the culmination point of your Wild Atlantic Way journey.

Kerry to Cork

Last but not least, the Kerry to Cork segment of the Wild Atlantic Way is dotted with unmissable sites. Drive from Dursey Island to Mizen Head - Ireland's most southern point - and then on to the old town of Kinsale and Cork city. This city bursts with cosy pubs for a weary traveller to wind up their journey.

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