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From distant Erris to the “savage beauty” of much-loved Connemara, the Wild Atlantic Way skims south around huge bays. The largest of these – Clew Bay – is said to have 365 islets and islands, one for every day of the year. Connemara means “inlets of the sea” in Irish, and here water and land merge in a lacy shoreline of loughs, coves, islands and sea-swept blanket bogs. The Bay Coast is a salty fresh-air playground, with its dazzling beaches and Blueway trails, where people kayak, kiteboard, paraglide, swim and dive. Riders trek across the sands on sure-footed Connemara ponies. Cyclists follow the Great Western Greenway – one of the world’s most scenic cycleways. Walkers climb the sacred Croagh Patrick mountain and Twelve Bens range. There’s history and culture too: from elegant Georgian Westport to the Clare Island stronghold of legendary pirate queen Grace O’Malley, to Connemara’s coarse and captivating Derrigimlagh Bog – a mosaic of tiny lakes and peat, where the first transatlantic flight landed. And looking west across the great sweep of Galway Bay, you can watch the sun goes down behind the gaeltacht Aran Islands, before spending a night in the City of the Tribes itself.
A unique blanket bog that hosted two significant 20th-century firsts, explore its puzzle of peat and lakes.
A serene secluded beach on idyllic Achill Island, follow the Atlantic Drive for deserted villages and clifftop views.
A picturesque fjord in the heart of Connemara, traverse rugged landscape for the best views of its majestic scenery.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picturesque walks around the Bay Coast.
Imaginative and creative artisan food producers pepper this picturesque coast.
Indulge in a trail you can take and taste. This is a veritable seafood journey.