Wild Ireland

By Jo Phillips

Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland

Those that enjoy dramatic natural scenery will always be looking for the best places to visit and The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland should be at the top of your list. This jaw-dropping coastal route winds all around the west coast of Ireland, which makes it one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world at 1,600 miles. This makes it an ideal road trip starting from the Inishowen Peninsula all the way down to the charming town of Kinsale in Country Cork. Find out more here in Wild Ireland.

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Driving the Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way road trip will show you the great beauty that Ireland has to offer on its west coast. Along the way, you will find dramatic coastlines with towering cliffs, beautiful beaches, hidden islands, charming villages and much more. There will be plenty of places to stop along the way, which means that you can take your time with this road trip and spend time exploring the many highlights along the way (more on this below).

In terms of logistics, many people get the ferry from the UK or fly into Dublin and hire a car. You will want to make sure that you have a car that is well-suited to a road trip and will have enough space comfortably for you and your party (along with all of your possessions).

Areas to Explore

As mentioned, there are many highlights along the way and places to stop. Kinsale is a beautiful town on the southern coast with two 17th-century fortresses overlooking the River Brandon while the Ring of Kerry is another popular highlight allowing you to see the great beauty on show around the Iveragh Peninsula.

The Skellig Islands are another popular option, especially with wildlife lovers thanks to thousands of puffins coming here during the warmer months of the year. The Dingle Peninsula is also worth checking out with inviting sandy beaches and a picturesque small port town worth exploring.

The cliffs of Moher are a sight to behold in the Burren region in Country Clare with cliffs that rise up an incredible 214 meters into the air from the sea. Other highlights include Galway, Keem Strand and Malin Head. If you are planning a tour of Europe but are looking for something a little different, Ireland could be the answer with this incredible road trip providing an amazing experience.

Nature lovers will have their breath taken away on the Wild Atlantic Way, which certainly lives up to its name. If you are looking for a fun road trip to try this summer, this could be the perfect choice with so much beauty on show and amazing highlights along the way. You will also find Ireland to be one of the most friendly, welcoming and interesting places to discover.