Experience the untamed West Coast of Ireland & Discover

The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way stretches for 2,500km along Ireland’s western seaboard. Ultimately, from Donegal in the north to Cork in the south, through Connemara, The Burren, Galway Bay and Kerry. As such, the Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal route in the world. Officially launched in February 2014, the Wild Atlantic Way is an iconic route that can be experienced by driving, cycling, walking or sea-kayaking. Moreover, along the route, there are 159 discovery points that will help people learn more about the culture and landscape that makes the west coast of Ireland so unique.

Brack Tours can tailor a tour of The Wild Atlantic Way for you. We would incorporate many of the Manor House Hotels which are located along this coastal route, to make your tour more unique. In addition to scenic views, they provide fantastic accommodation along the route. Thus, ensuring you experience both independent and uniquely different hotels with a truly authentic Irish feel & experience.

The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities, of hidden beaches and epic bays...

Wild Atlantic Way

Regions to Discover:

Discover the Drama of the Wild Atlantic Way...

Northern Headlands

Ultimately untouched, off-radar and unsurprisingly crying out for exploration, this rugged and remote area marks the northwestern contour of the Wild Atlantic Way.

As expected, nature is the star here. From the sheer granite walls of some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League, to Northern Lights dancing in clear winter skies. However, there is warmth and wit to be found among the vibrant, Irish-speaking community. This is a place that will lift your spirit.

Key Highlights:-

  • Malin Head
  • Grianan of Aileach
  • Fanad Head
  • Doe Castle
  • Slieve League Cliffs
Adventure awaits you on the Wild Atlantic Way...

Surf Coast

This serrated stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, leading from Donegal Town through Sligo to far-flung Erris in Mayo. Significantly renowned for its surf and attracts some of the world’s top wave-riders. But that’s only the beginning.

There’s a particular cultural richness along the Surf Coast too, from the Neolithic Céide Fields to a lively festival scene. Not forgetting, the legacy of poet WB Yeats, who immortalized the landscapes of his childhood in some of his best known works – including the Lake Isle of Inishfree.

Key Highlights:-

  • Mullaghmore Head
  • Glencar Waterfall
  • Downpatrick Head
  • North Mayo Sculpture Trail
Explore where water & land meet on the Wild Atlantic Way...

Bay Coast

Continuing on from distant Erris to Connemara, the Wild Atlantic Way skims south around huge bays. Notably, the largest of these – Clew Bay – is said to have 365 islets and islands, hence, one for every day of the year. In Connemara, water and land merge in a lacy shoreline of loughs, coves, islands and bogs.

Indeed, there is history and culture too: elegant Georgian Westport House; the stronghold of legendary pirate queen Grace O’Malley on Clare Island… and Connemara’s Derrigimlagh Bog – where the world’s first transatlantic flight landed.

Key Highlights:-

  • Keem Strand
  • Glen Keen Farm
  • Killary Fjord
  • Clifden
  • Derrigimlagh Bog
  • Aran Islands
  • Galway City
Raw beauty & timeless traditions on the Wild Atlantic Way...

Cliff Coast

Speaking about the Cliff Coast, Lonely Planet said, “The land is hard, the soul is not.” Consequently, it is here that Ice-Age landscapes meet west-coast warmth and, truly unbroken views connect the mountains to the islands that dot the Atlantic.

Improbable landscapes like The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher hum with rare plants, puffin colonies and dolphins. Comparatively, Nobel Prize-winning poet, Seamus Heaney, described it as a place that can “catch the heart off guard and blow it open.” Enough said.

Key Highlights:-

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • The Burren Region
  • Loop Head
  • Scattery Island
  • Foynes Island
Memorable experiences on the Wild Atlantic Way...

Southern Peninsulas

Five great peninsulas are located within Ireland’s beautiful south-west. Dingle, Iveragh, Beara, Sheep’s Head and Mizen – stretch miles out into the ocean. Ultimately, breathtaking views unfold at every turn here, and as such, there’s a distinctly edge-of-the-world feel to these Southern Peninsulas.

Make friends with whales and dolphins, take a cable car over a crashing ocean, or stargaze under Ireland’s darkest skies. Regardless of what you do, you will leave the ordinary far behind.

Key Highlights:-

  • Blasket’s View
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Skellig Michael
  • Kerry International Dark Sky
  • The Ring of Kerry
  • Dursey Island
  • Bantry House
  • Mizen Head
Unwind along the southern part of the Wild Atlantic Way...

Haven Coast

Zigzagging gently from dreamy Bantry Bay, continuing through Skibbereen and on to Kinsale, the Haven Coast is perfectly named. Hedgerows thick with fuschia and monbretia border lush gardens. In particular, the endless inlets and Blue Flag beaches promise long days spent relaxing in the salty air.

Conversely, there’s something restorative about the temperate Gulf Stream climate. Expressly, the peaceful vibe and creative scene, the wonderful artisan food, arts and festivals. Fundamentally, echoing all along this coast is its history. Whether it is ancient sites, coastal forts and – out on the horizon – ‘Ireland’s tear drop’, the Fastnet Rock.

Key Highlights:-

  • Old Head of Kinsale
  • Skibbereen
  • Kinsale
  • Whale Watching at Baltimore
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Be inspired by or learn more about the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way by clicking on the below sample Itineraries, please note that no accommodation has been added to the itineraries, however, we can offer a wide mix of B&B’s, Hotels, Manor Houses and even the occasional authentic Irish Castle.

Be Inspired.. Watch this short clip below from Ireland.com & Discover the Beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way....

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