Launched in spring 2014, the Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500 km coastal route that invites the visitor to explore Ireland’s dramatic western seaboard.
Flagged as ‘the world’s longest coastal drive’, thanks to the many headlands and inlets that beg to be investigated along the way, it aims to highlight the most dramatic landmarks and attractions while also making it easier to find the interesting little out of the way places that might otherwise be by-passed.
It can be joined at any point and is divided into five sections, the first being Donegal in the north, with the other four (Donegal-Mayo; Mayo-Clare; Clare-Kerry; Kerry-Cork) leading you right down the Atlantic seaboard to the southern counties of Cork and Kerry.
A simple route map is available on discoverireland.ie where full information on each section is given, including activities and key ‘discovery points’.
The very distinctive bright blue ‘wave’ road signs make it virtually impossible to get lost - and we have plenty of suggestions for the best places to eat, drink and stay along the way, many of which are run by people who know the west coast back to front and will help visitors to find a genuine sense of discovery along this beautiful and fascinating coastline.
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Kinsale, Co. Cork
This fine townhouse in the centre of Kinsale is in common ownership with the Blue Haven Hotel, and is a great asset to it. It has very comfortable, spacious bedrooms, with good amenities, and quality materials - all rooms are furnished with antiques an ... more...
Sligo, Co. Sligo
Baking/Bakery / Café / Producers Shop
Anyone visiting Sligo should make a point of calling into the magnificently traditional Lyons Department Store, in business since 1835 and still with its original shopfront. It’s a joy to find a quirky owner-run store these days and, on the first ... more...
Carrigaholt, Co. Clare
Pub / Restaurant
Way out in west Clare, halfway out along the Loop Head pensinsula and overlooking the Mouth of the Shannon, is the picturesque little fishing village of Carrigaholt. It’s a charming place, untouched by the over development of recent times and wel ... more...
Bantry, Co. Cork
Café / Deli / Food Market
Patricia Messom's little café-deli moved the very short distance from New Street to Bridge Street in 2013, but you may still expect the familiar welcoming aromas of coffee that have always introduced the lucky customer to the cornucopia of fine ... more...
Schull, Co. Cork
Cheeses / Farmshop / Fruit & Veg / Internet/Phone Mail Order / Meat & Game
Tom and Giana Ferguson are the fifth generation to care for this beautifully located family dairy farm and, inspired by Giana’s experience of continental cheeses when growing up in Spain and France, they wasted no time before experimenting with m ... more...
Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
Fish & Seafood / Food Market / Online Shop / Producers Shop
Established in 1989, Birgitta and Peter Curtin's Burren Smokehouse is most famous for their salmon; produced using the renowned Clare Island organic salmon, it is among Ireland's finest.
You can taste it at their Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre (goin ... more...
Sligo, Co. Sligo
Baking/Bakery / Food Market
Originally established by French chef Franck Pasquier 2008, he left this popular continental bakery in good hands when it was taken over by Clotilde Rambaud and Tomasz Giderewicz in 2012.
Clotilde, who is from Nantes in southern Brittany, had worked ... more...
This terrific little place took Sligo by storm as soon as it opened.
Fabio Boni is from Florence and, after some years in food service, he set up this tiny café and takeaway. The fare is simple but of the best - his trademark ice creams, of cou ... more...
New Quay, Co. Clare
Café / Wine Bar
It is well worth factoring a call to Andy & Stefania Russell’s impressive yet visitor-friendly gallery when exploring this beautiful coastline. It’s a delightful place, with a focus on fine art - notably Andy’s Raku ceramics, and ... more...
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Café / Speciality Store
An appealing daytime spot in the centre of Kinsale, Tracy Keoghan’s lovely Lemon Leaf Café is an oasis of calm in an already cool enough town. It’s casual and relaxing, with lots of comfortable seating to choose from and a brig ... more...