The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast leads you through one of the world’s most dramatic coastal landscapes, a landscape on the edge of Europe that has shaped the development of its people, communities and settlements, a landscape that has inspired its own particular language, literature, art, song and dance. It’s a place of many natural features – seascapes, sea-life, cliffs, mountains, glens, loughs, trails and pathways. It’s a place to experience nature at its wildest, a place to explore the history of the Gaels and their religion; a place to experience great events, great food and drink, great music and the craic.
The beautiful seascapes of the Wild Atlantic Way route charts the rich diversity of the precarious and intriguing Atlantic seaboard at the edge of Western Europe. The Atlantic coastline has intrigued and mystified visitors who leave in wonder of how the sea has defined and shaped Ireland and its people for over 10,000 years. From seeing this coastline for the very last time as emigrants left Ireland for a new life in the US in the 1800’s to viking raids on the Skellig Islands in 823 AD, the Wild Atlantic Way can tell some of the best stories and provide some the best holiday experiences in the world.
The Wild Atlantic Way can be enjoyed over a few ‘very fast’ days to several weeks, with 1,000’s of attractions, scenic views, heritage sites and activities including walking, cycling, kayaking, surfing, fishing and more, over 50 Blue Flag beaches, nearly 20 long distance walks, over 120 Golf courses and over 500 festivals and events to enjoy during each year.
Wild Atlantic Way Facts
- The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest signed coastal route in the world at 2,750 km (1,700 miles) in length with plenty side routes, loops and activities.
- The Wild Atlantic Way travels the entire west coast from the picturesque town of Kinsale in Cork through counties Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and ends in Donegal
- Join the Wild Atlantic Way at any number of points along its length, complete it in either direction and enjoy the many shorter side loops and dozens of attractions and activities
- A map of the Wild Atlantic Way is shown above and you can also download the gpx file (GPS) for your cars Sat Nav or follow it using GPS on our FREE Travel Guide App called ActiveMe Ireland on iPhone and Android App