Cliffs of Kerry, Wild Atlantic Way | © Cliffs of Kerry, Photo: Pixabay, felix_w

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland’s very own breath-taking, awe-inspiring 

Wild Atlantic Way

One of the most striking coastlines to travel, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way stretches over 2,500 kilometres from the tip of County Donegal down to County Cork with vast breath-taking views across the North Atlantic Ocean and Celtic Sea.

As one of the longest established coastal routes in the world, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is surrounded by not only picturesque views changing at every turn, but historic sites such as castle ruins, lighthouses, and stone circles. Along this Irish coastline you’re provided with countless opportunities to stop and enjoy your incredible surroundings, the route below provides some of the highlights available at different stages of your 2,500-kilometre adventure.

From the coastal islands to the steep rugged coastline and incredible inland scenery the Wild Atlantic Way provides it all as you drive from the Northernmost peninsular to the southernmost point of Ireland. 

Mizen Head, Wild Atlantic Way | © Mizen Head, Photo: Pixabay - antonelakovcic
  • Mizen Head, Photo: Pixabay - antonelakovcic
Wild Atlantic Way, Galway | © Wild Atlantic Way, Photo: Pixabay, bnusstein
  • Wild Atlantic Way, Photo: Pixabay, bnusstein
Slieve League, Wild Atlantic Way | © Slieve League, Photo: Pixabay - NakNakNak
  • Slieve League, Photo: Pixabay - NakNakNak
Slieve League, Shanbally, Co. Donegal, Ireland

The Wild Atlantic Way offers numerous, breath-taking stops including;

  • Rugged coastline
  • Numerous hiking opportunities across beautiful scenery
  • Ruins and historical sites

The Wild Atlantic Way offers a true connection to nature as you wind your way along the Irish coast, providing striking scenery of both land and sea, where at each point there is more to take in than meets the eye. With it’s long coastline the land from north to south holds much historical value, dating back thousands of years, as well as in part hosting protected heritage sites such the Cliffs of Moher which are now a part of UNESCO Global Geopark.

Along your route you will find many villages and towns steeped in Irish history and rich heritage which can be found in the local culture today. Stopping to explore these villages allows you to not only submerge yourself in the quintessential bustle of Irish life but to pause and take in the awe-inspiring surroundings both inland and along the striking coastline.

Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way | © Cliffs of Moher, Photo: Pixabay - nanni05
  • Cliffs of Moher, Photo: Pixabay - nanni05
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  • Pixabay - eroddy02
The World's Longest Coastal Roadtrip - Van Life Ireland | Wild Atlantic Way Part 1
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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way Route Highlights

Home to an abundance of breath-taking views and coastal phenomenas, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way can take two to three weeks when travelling from the northern peninsula to the southern; however should you wish to stop at each view point, ruin or coastal town you would need to dedicate a lot more time to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way than just two to three weeks. Included in this route are some highlights worth stopping for in each part of your Wild Atlantic Way, some of these highlights include; Bocan Stone Circle, Cara Na Mara, St. John’s Point, Ben Bulben, Deirbhle’s Twist, Slievemore Deserted Village, Cliffs of Moher, Fahan, Allihies Copper Mine Museum, Puffin Island and Mizen Head to name a few.

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The Irish Wild Atlantic Way Route

1
Muff to Letterkenny
Beginning at Muff, the start of the Irish Atlantic coast line, follow the coastal road R238 on your way to Letterkenny. Along this stretch there are many beautiful stops to make, with some highlights being the Bocan Stone Circle, Five Fingers Strand a stunning beach with Dunes up to thirty metres high, Malin Head, northernmost tip of the Irish mainland & Malin Well home to peculiar rock formations, Stroove with its idyllic beaches and then Inch Island, connected to the mainland, and near a Wildfowl Reserve.
2
Letterkenny to Bunbeg
A beautiful sweep of coast that will leave you in awe of the Irish shoreline, highlights include Ballymastocker Beach, Cara Na Mara home to “Eddie’s Boat” a stranded shipwreck, Fanad Head with its striking Light House, Great Pollet Arch known as Ireland’s largest sea arch and then Tory Island a unique place where a T-shaped cross dwells.
3
Bunbeg to Donegal
This stretch of your journey not only continues your witnessing of beautiful coast but includes the stunning inland scenery too. Highlights to take note on this part of your journey include Crohy Head on the Mullaghmullan Peninsula, Fall Island a small isle reached by foot at low tide, drive through Glengesh Pass between Ardara and Glencolumkille, Malin Beg which offers an incredible view over Malin Bay, although a little detour, St. John’s Point with it’s Lighthouse, Castle remains and The Killaghtee Cross.
4
Donegal to Ballina
From Donegal the route takes you along a coastal path passing Mullaghmore Head and through Sligo. Look out for Ben Bulben the legandry ‘Table Mountain’, then Aughris Head in southern Silgo Bay, Culleenamore Strand close to Strandhill’s waterfront, the ruins of Kilbaron Castle a short amble from Creevy Coastal Walk, Rosses Point with the the “Waiting On Shore” landmark and finally the Rossnowlagh Beach (Belall Beach).
5
Ballina to Belmullet
This stretch is exquisite to all those who witness its beauty. Highlights to include in your exploration are Rosserk Friary, Killala a village full of history, Muingelly’s rock formations, Doonamo Point with its contributions to the North Mayo sculpture trail as well as Fallmore and the recent stone circle Deirbhile’s Twist.
6
Belmullet to Clifden
A stretch of over 150 kilometres with an abundance of highlights to choose from. Some not to miss include Slievemore Deserted Village, Cathedral Rocks off of Keel Beach, Ashleam Bay Beach, Old Head Beach set at the edge of dense forest, Doolough Valley with its lakes and mountains then Aasleagh waterfall and the breath-taking surroundings.
7
Clifden to Kilkee
This part of your route will lead you to the famous Cliffs of Moher, on your way stop to take in Aillebrack Beach and its rocky coastline, Coral Strand with rock pools and climbing spots, Silverstrand Beach a popular coastal attraction near Galway, Dunguaire Castle just south of Galway, Ballyvaughan Pier with its rolling views into the North Atlantic Ocean before continuing south to the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to 214 metres.
8
Kilkee to Castlemaine
From the Cliffs of Moher your next stretch of the coast takes you past Limerick with some highlights being the Bridges of Ross a remaining rock arch, Rattoo Round Tower a perfectly curvilinear structure, Fenit Beach with views to the lighthouse on Tralee Bay, Blennerville Windmill and visitor centre, the National Park Glanteenassig Forest Park and Fahan a collection of caves, forts and Clocháns.
9
Castlemaine to Durrus
For your penultimate stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way highlights to take in include Puffin Island, Cahergall Stone Fort an Iron Age ring fort, Bray Head offering views of Bray Head, Dingle Bay, Valentia Island and the Portmagee Channel, views of the two Skellig islands Skellig Michael and Little Skellig from St. Finan's Bay, Allihies Copper Mine Museum set in the mountain slopes above Allihies, sublime views of Bantry Bay before arriving at Sheep‘s Head with its incredible steep cliffs and small lighthouse.
10
Durrus to Kinsale
Some of the most breath-taking scenery has been saved for your final stretch of the coastline. Take in the highlights including Coosacuslaun Bay with its rocky cliff edges, walk over the bridge across the ocean at Mizen Head from Kilcondy, the whitewashed Baltimore Beacon tower, the striking ruggard coast of Toe Head Signal Tower, the ivy-covered ruin of Raheen Tower House and then finally the Old Head of Kinsale a narrow headland stretching into the Celtic Sea with a beautiful Lighthouse.
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CAMPSITES ALONG THE WAY

With so much to explore along your Wild Atlantic Way route, you’ll need some stunning campsites to pause at along your journey. Below are some perfectly placed campsites to stop at along the way as you explore the Irish coastline;

Foyleside Caravan Park, Quigley's Point

Offering views of Lough Foyle and the Coleraine mountains this campsite provides a picturesque base for starting your exploration of the north peninsular.
This site offers 40 static pitches and 20 touring sites as well as easy access to an abundance of  different attractions close by, details can be found here.

The Singing Pub, Clontallagh

This park up is at a traditional pub stop, a mere stone’s throw from Drongawn Lough water. The pub offers showers, toilets, recycling and a warm inviting pub for a meal and drink after a day of exploring. More information about The Singing Pub can be found here.

Connemara, Wild Atlantic Way | © Connemara, Photo: Pixabay
  • Connemara, Photo: Pixabay
Connemara, Ireland

Travers Holiday Park, Bundoran

A quiet area located in the centre of Bundoran looking next to a small retail park with restaurants, cafes, gym, and a children’s indoor playground with a cinema and the town centre a little further along the road. Fairy Bridges, Rougey Cliff Walk and Tullan Strand are just down the road should you wish to add additional highlights to your Wild Atlantic Way Route.

Easkey Caravan Park, Keadue, Easky

This site offers a large variety of facilities for their overnight guests including toilet and shower blocks, electricity points for caravans, WiFi internet access and so much more which can be found here. Located right on the coast near to O'Dowd Castle it is possible to drive or walk right down to the shore side.

Marty’s Halfway House, Dooleague

Marty’s Halfway offers both hard and soft pitches with ample space for awnings, there are also limited plug-in points available on request for the duration of your stay. Marty’s bar is open every night and has a B&B onsite. More information can be found here.

Galway Bay, Wild Atlantic Way | © Galway Bay, Photo: Pixabay - nadja-golitschek
  • Galway Bay, Photo: Pixabay - nadja-golitschek
Galway Bay

Salthill Caravan Park, Galway

Offering a beautiful surround view of Galway Bay this campsite even has access to the strand only 20 metres from the park. A very family friendly site with both a games room and outdoor play area onsite, and a hotel, pub, shop, and supermarket all within a short walk less than 600 metres away. Full information on Salthill Caravan Park can be found here.

Curraghchase Caravan & Camping Park, Kilcornan

Set in the stunning grounds of Curraghchase Forest Park just south of Limerick Curraghchase Caravan & Camping Park there are many activities to partake in onsite such as walking and cycling trails as well as a playground, swing set, fairy trail and their unique Double Decker Bus with Upstairs Slide. Full information about the site can be found here.

Fossa Caravan and Camping Park, Fossa

Located at the edge of Lough Leane Water Fossa Caravan and Camping Park offers many facilities for your overnight stay at one of their 120 pitches. Ring of Kerry hotel restaurant is but a short 15 – 20 minute walk as well as a variety of other restaurants and bars and other attractions such as Ross Castle just outside of Killarney. Full facilities list can be found here.

Mizen Head, Wild Atlantic Way | © Mizen Head, Photo: Pixabay - klaushausmann
  • Mizen Head, Photo: Pixabay - klaushausmann
Mizen Head

Glengarriff Caravan & Camping Park, Glengarriff

A fantastic site located just off the coast with views of the surrounding hills and just a short walk to Garinish Island . Offering a shower and toilet block, onsite bar and restaurant, laundry room, electric hook-ups and a children’s playground there is everything you could possibly need. Additional information on the Glengarriff Caravan & Camping Park can be found here.

Mountain Forge Escape, Ardfield

A stone’s throw from Duneen Bay Beach, Mountain Forge Escape offers several campervan awning and parking areas that offer power and water. There are a variety of different facilities onsite including chemical disposal, toilet facilities; there are also activities such as a Model Railway Village, Wildlife Tours and The Lagoon Activity Centre on your doorstep. More information available here.

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way by Motorhome

Selected Campingsites

You can also find more information about the sights in our Explorer Map.