2500km Route Along the West Coast of Ireland
One of the most exciting attractions in the Irish tourism pipeline is the Wild Atlantic Way, an unprecedented driving tour that follows 2,400 km of the western coastline. Along the way, drivers will encounter the raw and rugged beauty of the island, framed by seaside panoramas, outdoor sport opportunities and traditional Irish villages.
Once the Wild Atlantic Way launches, it will be in a class all its own. The project aims to take tourists on a journey of discovery through the Irish countryside, through hidden places and secret worlds from Donegal to Cork. It cuts through the heart of Ireland’s Gaeltacht, where strongholds of traditional culture persist. In these areas, you can take a seat at a pub and hear locals conversing in the real Irish language. It’s a rare and authentic treat.
The Way is punctuated by ‘Signature Experiences’ – discovery points that highlight impressive views or once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For example, you might have an opportunity to celebrate the summer solstice at Féile Grianán Áiligh in Donegal, ride a Connemara pony across the sands of Killary Harbour or meet the popularly elected King of Tory Island. It’s all in a day’s experience on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Many tourists will need to use a car hire service once they land in Ireland. Most companies have locations at Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Kerry airports. For a road trip of this length, it is important to focus on comfort, and hire a car that you will enjoy spending time in, ideally with a fantastic music system.