Highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way
The route for the Wild Atlantic Way was unveiled in April 2013. If everything goes according to plan, the entire experience will be open and running by March 2014. In all, this iconic driving route features 156 discovery points. Side loops and excursions will likely be added to this in the future, though at present the route follows a main spine. These are a few of the highlights along the way:
Circle the far north at Malin Head
Malin Head is Ireland’s northernmost peninsula features a stark seascape complete with a craggy coastline, windswept sand dunes and hints of Iron Age culture. A cycling tour introduces tourists to birdlife, geology and the history of the peninsula.
Forage for wild food along the Killala Shoreline
At Downpatrick Head, a local tour operator takes visitors on a foraging tour of Killala Bay. You’ll cross mudflats, collect edible seaweed and capture cockles, mussels and clams. At the end of the tour, you’ll prepare and feast on the edibles you’ve collected.
Immerse yourself in the Burren
The Burren is a rock garden, of sorts – a vast landscape of karst (limestone) outcroppings. It’s riddled with megalithic ruins, many of which are older than the Pyramids of Giza. Local tour guides are on hand to take tourists on informative walks along the limestone pavements.
Ride a cable car to Europe’s last sunset
The remote Beara Peninsula offers views of the distant Skellig Islands as well as the mountains of the interior. Land’s end is at Dursey Sound, and the waters are too rough for safe travel. From here, a cable car whisks tourists to Dursey Island – home to three farming families. On the island, you can appreciate castle ruins, prehistoric stone monoliths and one of the finest sunsets in all of Ireland.