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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Baltimore, Co. Cork
Everyone feels at home in this famous old bar, especially visiting and local sailors. It's choc-a-bloc with genuine maritime artefacts such as charts, tide tables, ships' clocks, compasses, lanterns, pennants et al - but it's the Bushe family's hospita ... more...
Blarney, Co. Cork
Character Pub / Restaurant
In a quiet, wooded setting just a few minutes’ drive from Blarney, this pretty riverside pub is run by John and Anne Blair and their sons Duncan and Richie, a warmly hospitable family who take real pride in welcoming visitors. This is the real Mc ... more...
Castletownshend, Co. Cork
Character Pub / Restaurant
The pub is as old as it looks, going back to 1846, and has been in the energetic and hospitable ownership of Fergus and Patricia O'Mahony since 1988; they have loved it and maintained it well (it is not unusual to find Fergus up a ladder with a ... more...
Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Character Pub / Guesthouse / Restaurant
The O’Crowley family has owned this characterful bar and restaurant since 1979: it’s always been a friendly, well-run place and, although it can be very busy at times, their reputation for good food is generally well-deserved.
An Sugan is ... more...
Gougane Barra, Co. Cork
Hotel / Restaurant
In one of the most peaceful and beautiful locations in Ireland, this delightfully old-fashioned family-run hotel is set in a Forest Park overlooking Gougane Barra Lake (famous for its monastic settlements).
The Lucey family has run the hotel since 193 ... more...
This famous hotel has an attractive exterior, with its name emblazoned in blue and white stained glass above the entrance and flags hanging from poles, giving it a cosmopolitan look. Under the current ownership since 2004, proprietor Ciaran Fitzgeral ... more...
Schull, Co. Cork
Café / Character Pub / Wine Bar
Just up the hill from the harbour, this characterful and delightfully old-fashioned little pub has been a special home-from-home for regular visitors, especially sailors up from the harbour, as long as anyone can remember.
The premises was bought by J ... more...
Ardara, Co. Donegal
This famous pub has been at the heart of this endearing little heritage town renowned for its tweeds and handknits for far longer than anyone can remember. It is a cosy, welcoming place in its seventh generation of McHugh family ownership - the origina ... more...
Culdaff, Co. Donegal
Bar / Hotel / Restaurant
In an area that has so much to offer, in terms of natural beauty and activities like golf, angling and walking, McGrory’s would make an ideal base.
An inn in the true sense of the word, offering rest and refreshment to travellers, this north-wes ... more...
Craughwell, Co. Galway
Donald and Therese Raftery's famous family-run establishment (now in its third generation) is off the old Galway-Dublin road and is the meeting place for the well-known Galway Blazers Hunt, who are kennelled close by.
Immaculately maintained and full ... more...