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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Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Classes/Courses / Country House
One of Ireland’s most unspoilt old houses, this is a unique place - a Georgian mansion situated in 1,000 acres of farm and woodland, overlooking the original lakeside castle which was built by the Knights Templar in 1200 A.D.
The Percevals have ... more...
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Ballinacurra House is a luxurious venue, available for private parties, small weddings, golfing groups and corporate events. It is set within a walled garden with 10 foot-high stone walls, security gates and 40 acres of woodland and lawns, this eleg ... more...
Limerick, Co. Limerick
Classes/Courses / Hotel / Restaurant / Speciality Store
A stunning property occupying a large corner site on the city’s most gracious Georgian square - overlooking a leafy park and only a minute’s stroll away from the City Art Gallery - this is the luxurious boutique hotel that visitors to Limer ... more...
Killaloe, Co. Clare
Baking/Bakery / Café / Deli / Restaurant
On the hilly street which looks down over the bridge between Killaloe and Ballina, Laura Kilkenny's lovely café and bakery opened in 2009 and moved across the road to the former Gravitas premises in 2014.
You'll still find all the familia ... more...
Shanagarry, Co. Cork
Classes/Courses / Cookery School / Farmshop
It may seem like no time at all to many of its longterm fans, but Darina Allen’s internationally renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School has been in business since 1983.
The school and her family’s organic farm are at Kinoith, just a couple of ... more...
Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Chocolate / Classes/Courses / Online Shop / Producers Shop
In a former post office between Kenmare and Glengarriff, French master chocolatier Benoit Lorge makes exquisite chocolates for some special restaurants and hotels, bespoke orders for special occasions and also a range for retail sale. They are on sale ... more...
Limerick, Co. Limerick
Classes/Courses / Deli / Food Market / Speciality Store
This Aladdin’s cave of a shop and ready meal takeaway promises ‘Restaurant Quality at Home’ – and they should know, as every freshly prepared dish on their takeaway deli menu is made in a dedicated kitchen at their popular resta ... more...
Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
B&B / Cookery School
Near the coast of west Clare, between Kilkee and Lahinch, this attractive Victorian country house is set in well maintained gardens. It was the family home of the owner, Rita Meade, who ran it as a restaurant with accommodation from 1994 and, more rece ... more...
Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Classes/Courses / Cookery School / Restaurant
In their brochure, John Desmond and Ellmary Fenton describe their restaurant as unusual, in a unique and beautiful setting. This is an understatement; their Island Cottage Restaurant is extraordinary by any standards. You have to get there and back by ... more...
Durrus, Co. Cork
Café / Cookery School
Good Things, on the outskirts of Durrus village, is much more than a café. Carmel Somers, chef, teacher and food writer (her first book, “Eat Good Things Every Day”, is well worth seeking out), does more than any other chef in the re ... more...