The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is a 1600-mile route along the western coast of Ireland, winding from Kinsale in County Cork in the south to Malin Head in Donegal in the far north, seamed with lighthouses, abbeys, cairns, stone circles and golf courses along the way.

Immerse yourself in Ireland’s ultimate road trip experience with this video:

EXPLORE | DRINK | EAT | SLEEP | TOP 10
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WHAT & WHERE TO DRINK

Learn the secrets of Ireland’s most famous institution: The Irish Pub.

Drink a fine stout (Guinness perhaps)… learn how to properly pour it.

Drink a bootleg Moonshine from this guy…

Or have a cup of Joe at the home of the Irish Coffee.

Catch some music at  Matt Malloys Bar, Bridge Street, Westport. www.mattmolloy.com

Have a pint at the Roadside Tavern Pub, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare www.roadsidetavern.ie


WHERE TO STAY

Ashford Castle-With a history as old as 1228, Ashford Castle is a 5-Star hotel of dreams. Situated on 350 acres on the edge of the stunning Connemara mountains in Western Ireland, the castle is surrounded by unique and natural beauty.

Dromoland Castle, Newmarket on Fergus
Cullinan’s Guesthouse, Doolin
Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo
Tigh Fitz Guesthouse (Aran Islands)
Lough Inagh Lodge, Recess
Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel, Westport
G Hotel, Wellpark, Galway City
Bunratty Manor Hotel, Bunratty


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT

Afternoon tea in Dromoland Castle
O’Connors Pub, Doolin – www.gusoconnorsdoolin.com
Joe Watty’s Kilronan, Inishmore, www.joewattys.com
Lough Inagh Lodge, Recess. www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie
Ardbia at Nimmos Restaurant, Spanish Arch, Galway www.ardbia.com
Bunratty Manor Hotel, Bunratty . www.bunrattymajor.ie
Eat some of the best smoked salmon on the planet at the Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna www.burrensmokehouse.ie


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​WHAT TO DO

Visit the final resting place of W.B. Yeats, Noble-Prize Winning Poet.

Visit the top five most famous Game of Thrones locations.

Northern Ireland is home the Game of Thrones studio (in Belfast) for all the interior sets and many exterior locations. They are (in no particular order):

1) Carrick-a-rede and Larrybane (Viewpoint)
Larrybane, meaning ‘the ancient white site’, is classic Storms End – with panoramic views of the limestone cliffs and ocean. It hosted several key scenes, including the journey in which Brienne beats Ser Loras and is given a place in Renly’s Kingsguard as a reward.

2) Ballintoy
Still a working harbour for local fishermen, Ballintoy doubled as Lordsport Harbour (The Iron Islands) and the homecoming of Theon Greyjoy after ten years in Winterfell.

3) Cushendun
It was in the caves at Cushendun that the Game of Thrones crew filmed the dramatic scene from Season Two in which Davos Seaworth, on the orders of Lord Stannis, takes the sorceress Melisandre ashore where she gives birth to a shadowy baby.

4) The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges, an avenue of beech trees thought to be 300 years old, were the backdrop of Arya Stark’s escape from King’s Landing.

5) Cairncastle, Ballygally
It was here that Ned Stark beheaded the Night’s Watch deserter, witnessed by Jon Snow, Theon Greyjoy, and the Stark brothers Robb and Bran; and where Catelyn captures Tyrion Lannister whom she suspects of trying to kill her son. When Bran, Rikon, Osha, and Hodor head north to The Wall it is also from the land above Cairncastle that they take a last look back at Winterfell.

See the Cliffs of Moher; Harry Potter was filmed here… what more do you want to know?

Over the hill from the Cliffs is the Lahinch Golf Club, Lahinch, Co. or you can visit the “rainforest” of Ireland, but don’t get bogged down in Cnoc Suain.

Go underground at Aillwee Caves.

Feel the legend of Dan Ohara at the Connemara Heritage and History Center.

Hop a ferry, grab a bike, and check out the pre-historic fortrees of Don Aonghasa in the Aran Islands.

While you’re at the Aran Islands, check out these sweaters. Yes. Sweaters. Really. I’m serious.

Go on a hawk walk with Dave Atkinson, the on-grounds falconer at Dromoland Castle. The peregrine falcoln has eyesight six times better than ours, and is the fastest living thing in the world, flying up to 240 miles an hour.

After Dromoland, visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum or spend your days exploring castles and more castles. One of the best has to be this place: Kylemore Abbey.


 

For more tips, things to do, and advice on exploring Ireland, visit the Tourism Ireland website.

 


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