Offering remote getaways, action-packed vacations, and everything in between - set in some of the most beautiful places in Ireland - the wild Atlantic coast is just waiting to be explored. In this specially illustrated map, we’ve highlighted a selection of particularly striking locations from where you can embark on your own unique adventure.
Read on for our recommendations around these beautiful areas, along with captivating videos from local people telling you more...
Malin Head – Sculpted by the Sea
Rugged Malin Head in Donegal is the country’s most northerly point. Enjoy the region’s wildlife, geology and history as you explore the watchtower at Banba’s Crown, named after a mythical Irish queen.
Fanad Head – Out on the Edge
Fanad Head in Donegal is home to miles of golden, sandy beach with vigorous waves and a majestic lighthouse to welcome you. Indeed, Ballymastocker Bay was voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by Observer magazine.
Home to some of the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe, the Sliabh Liag range in Donegal is one of the most gorgeous places in Ireland to visit, providing one of the finest views from the Wild Atlantic Way out across the wide expanse of the ocean.
With huge Atlantic rollers of up to 100ft crashing off the coast, the ‘Prowlers’ at Mullaghmore in Sligo attract watersports enthusiasts from all around the world!
This jagged Mayo headland looms an astonishing 126ft above the crashing Atlantic and is named after the country’s patron saint, Patrick. He founded St. Patrick’s Church here in the fifth century, the ruins of which still stand today.
Keem Bay – Mystery Island
Keem, a golden stretch of secluded, sandy beach can be found on Ireland’s largest island, Achill, in County Mayo. Nearby you can visit the island’s eerie Deserted Village, abandoned in the early 20th century.
Killary in Mayo is one of three glacial fjords (an inlet formed by the submergence of formerly glaciated valleys) in Ireland, located in the heart of the country’s famous wild and dramatic Connemara landscape.
The stark and otherwordly blanket bog of Derrigimlagh in Galway has an unusual claim to fame! It was here that pilots Alcock and Brown crashed-landed to safety after completing the world’s first transatlantic flight in 1919.
Looking out at the wild Atlantic from atop the towering Cliffs of Moher in County Clare is guaranteed to take your breath away. Head to the spectacular O’Brien’s Tower, and gaze out to sea towards the Aran Islands.
Loop Head – Steeped in History
Also in Clare, the Loop Head peninsula boasts panoramic cliff views, picturesque seaside villages and a lighthouse that’s served as a beacon for those at sea since 1670. It’s a haunting place, where you can experience huge Atlantic swells smashing into cliffs.
Out on the very edge of Europe, off the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry, lie the mystical Blasket Islands. After many years of hardship and emigration, the last inhabitants left in 1953, and today, you can celebrate their story at the Blasket Centre.
Skelligs – centuries at sea
The Skelligs – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is comprised of two sandstone rocks jutting spectacularly out of the Atlantic Ocean, seven miles off Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. These far-flung islands are a sacred 1,300-year-old place of pilgrimage, rich in history.
Dursey Island off the Cork coast is the most westerly of the county’s inhabited islands and home to just three farming families. You can visit via Ireland’s only cable-car service, but bear in mind, sheep and cattle take preference over humans!
Mizen Head – At Ireland’s Teardrop
From the craggy clifftop of Mizen Head in Cork (Ireland’s most southwesterly point), you can see imposing Fastnet Lighthouse. It sits on a rock known as ‘Ireland’s Teardrop’, since it was the last sight of Ireland emigrants had as they left during the Great Famine (1845 – 1849).
This scenic headland in Cork is home to a picturesque 17th-century lighthouse and juts more than two miles into the Atlantic. If you fancy a round, visit the world-renowned golf course. A gourmet haven, Kinsale’s vibrant streets and atmosphere are utterly charming.
These stunning Signature Discovery Points offer up breathtaking experiences in the most beautiful locations in the country. Plan your scenic Wild Atlantic Way route here.