Ireland’s first long-distance driving route
The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork. The entire route stretches for 2500km with 156 discovery points along the way for visitors to unearth. This incentive brought forward by Tourism Ireland offers future visitors an opportunity to discover the west coast as never seen before, one of Ireland’s most extraordinary and truly beautiful regions. It is being donned as the “most captivating coastal driving route in the World!”
I must admit that the majority of people who call us looking for the vacation of a lifetime to Ireland want to see the rural Ireland which they have heard of from their ancestors. They want to discover the rugged coastlines, off the beaten track locations, tiny villages with local Irish townsfolk going about their day-to-day business. They want to see sheep wandering down the little boirins (roads) and stone walls built years ago by hand. This is the image that the majority of us conjure up in our minds when we think of the real Ireland and that is what the Wild Atlantic Way has given us access to.
“Developing a route like this is an important part of ensuring Ireland is able to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience. It will open up a huge number of towns and attractions to them and showcase the scenery and unique culture of the West Coast of Ireland providing easy access to a range of experiences along the route” according to Paddy Matthews from Failte Ireland and I would have to agree with him. We have all been to cities throughout our lives but it isn’t everywhere we can see nature at its very best, in its truest form.
On the Wild Atlantic Way you will pass through regions like Connemara, the Burren, Galway Bay and Kerry. You will see great waves crashing from the almighty Atlantic ocean as you drive along the narrow roads that hug the shoreline, visit quaint and delightful cafes and get to know the locals.
Memories of this breath-taking coastal route will remain in your heart long after you have returned home.
Journey Through Ireland have self-drive packages designed for this route starting from only $75 per day which offers excellent value since they customize an itinerary specifically for your needs while you are in Ireland.