From the wind-whipped tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the balmy beauty of Kinsale town in County Cork, the west of Ireland will ‘wow’ the visitors with its epic landscapes and charm them with its quiet moments. This is a place that has inspired dreamers and drifters, poets and painters, with a landscape laced with dry-stone walls, thatched cottages, brooding mountains and deserted beaches.
It's easy to feel the wild that defines this coastline; it's everywhere, from sheer cliffs that plunge into crashing Atlantic waves to remote, weather-beaten islands. But the west of Ireland is about more than that, it's about moments of connection. It's the chat from locals, the warmth of a fire-lit pub, the tapping feet of a traditional music session.
Points of Interest
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland's top visitor attractions, loom high over County Clare's west coast. As the sea spray fills the air with the invigorating freshness of the Wild Atlantic Way, it's hard not to feel as though you're braving the ocean from the prow of a magnificent ship.
A long time ago, before Skellig Michael welcomed Star Wars, dedicated monks made this remote island their sanctuary. It lies out there like a dream in the middle of the Atlantic, this incredible island, and star of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.
The town of Dingle is famed for its hardware pubs. But push out beyond the town and you’re faced with an incredible 6,000 years of history and the Kerry coastline with its pounding waves, salty winds, dramatic cliffs and wide racing skies of the Dingle Peninsula.
Getting to the Wild Atlantic Way
Fly to Cork, Shannon, Ireland West and Donegal and you’re right there. Or head to Dublin or Belfast and take the scenic cross-country route. Coming by ferry? Cork and Rosslare are your closest ports.