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...
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...
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...
Midleton, Co. Cork
Classes/Courses / Country House / Restaurant
With views of Ballycotton seen across beautiful East Cork farmland, Geraldine Kidd’s sensitively converted seventeenth century house is located just a stone’s throw from the gates of Ballymaloe House. While renowned as a wedding and private ... more...
Dunkineely, Co. Donegal
Classes/Courses / Hotel / Restaurant
Martin and Marguerite Howley’s beautifully located clifftop hotel has wonderful sea and coastal views over the ruined castle after which it is named. It is a comfortable and relaxing place to stay, with a little bar, a residents’ sitting ro ... more...
Bandon, Co. Cork
Classes/Courses / Pub / Restaurant
With its smart blue and white frontage and welcoming signage, it would be hard to drive past Barry and Catherine McLoughlin’s attractive roadside bar and restaurant just outside Bandon these days.
What they took on in 2006 was a typical pub, wit ... more...