Officially starts in Kinsale, County Cork and follows the path around the west coast and finishing in Malin Head, County Donegal.
Wild Atlantic Way route is a major draw of visiting Ireland with covering some of Ireland’s top attractions such as Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and Dingle. The best way to experience is a hiring a car for a couple weeks to thoroughly enjoy the drive with the luxury of taking your time and stopping whenever a photography opportunity presents itself.
County Cork is located in southwest Ireland, and this driving route starts in Kinsale and follows the N71 towards Baltimore, stopping at Clonakilty.
There are smaller routes to take from Wild Atlantic Way and highlights;
- Ring of Kerry
- Slea Head
- Sky Road
- Ring of Beara
KinsaleA colourful village that worthy to spend a couple hours walking through the small side roads & alleys. Being located on the coast offers fresh fish to be had, check out Fishy Fishy restaurant or their takeaway.
Nearby is the Charles Fort which you could walk the coastal trail from Kinsale to the fort via Scilly Walk, a 6km round trip. The Charles Fort is a 17th century military based with a star-shaped fort on the water’s edge.
The most Southerly point of Ireland looking out to the Atlantic seascape with an iconic Mizen footbridge which you can cross. Great clifftop scenery.
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a 179km loop in the southwest of County Kerry, a popular route for visitors to take by a tourist bus or their own car. Commonly driven counter-clockwise to avoid being stuck behind a coach – an important note to take as you would want to see the beautiful views.
Skellig Ring & Islands
A detour off the Ring of Kerry drive, an 18km route taking in the views of the famous Skellig Michael islands which has recently been featured in Star Wars films. Do visit Valentia Island for 360 viewpoints from Geokaun Mountains.
Kylemore Abbey & Walled Garden is located on a beautiful castle grounds with a picturesque entrance. Located in County Galway in the Connemara National Park.
A small route with large scenic views, this is an 11km sky road touring route starting from Clifden in Connemara region. Follow the signs for Sky Road to enjoy fantastic views of the coastline, old coast guard, bays and more.
Actually higher clifftops than Cliffs of Moher and equally matching dramatic clifftops. This free clifftop attraction is one of the highest in Europe and worth a visit without the Cliffs of Moher crowds. Located in County Donegal.