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14 Incredible Places to Instagram on the Wild Atlantic Way

With its abundance of heathered hills, pebbled boreens and salt-washed shores unfurling as far as the eye can see, the temptation to capture each captivating moment along the Wild Atlantic Way is practically impossible to resist.

Just about every corner and coastal crevice reveals something truly beautiful, breathtaking or unusual to behold. And with so much inspiration waiting just around each bend, the Wild Atlantic Way Instagram account has become the place online to visit in order to get a glimpse of the wonders, surprises, and little slices of coastal life that make the route one of the most photogenic in the world.​

Follow along for an exclusive look in at just some of the sensational spots and scenes around the region that have made avid Instagrammers truly snap-happy, and be sure to check out our selection of some of the best below. ​

 

1. Sliabh Liag Cliffs, County Donegal

 

Noted for its impressive distinction as some of the highest marine cliffs in Europe, at Sliabh Liag prepare yourself for a panorama that never fails to astound.
 

 

2. Grianán of Áileach, County Donegal

As exquisite a place as you’ll find to see the sun rise or set, throw in the fact that it’s steeped in ancient Celtic history and riveting mythology and you’ve got something pretty magical.
 


3. Mullaghmore, County Sligo

Wild and wonderful, these shores are bona fide adrenaline-pumpers. As well as endless vistas of mammoth swells, you can also while away the day watching thrill-seeking surfers and coasteering enthusiasts wrestling with the Atlantic’s might.
 


4. Downpatrick Head, County Mayo

If you’ve ever questioned the power of the elements, here’s a headland that wears the battle scars. A geological treasure perched 40m above the thrashing ocean, prepare for views that stop you in your tracks and invigorating breezes that will certainly make for some windswept hair styles and atmospheric Instagram posts.
 


5. Achill Island, County Mayo

Home to five idyllic Blue Flag beaches, it’s no wonder that Achill Island is a photographer’s dream. Historic deserted villages, breathtaking cliff-side drives and scenery that showcases nature’s stunning colour palette, how could you resist?
 



6. Westport, County Mayo

With a road like this stretching before you, you’ll just want to take off and roam those russet-hued Westport hills nestled by divine Clew Bay and towering Croagh Patrick. 
 


7. Connemara, County Galway

No better place to wander on crisp winter’s day, just why Connemara’s rugged and enveloping landscape has long inspired poets and artists is apparent almost everywhere you go.
 


8. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

A true testament to nature’s raw beauty, the Cliffs of Moher and their expansive panoramas are simply magnificent. Some 214m above sea level at their highest point, on a clear day embrace views of the Aran Islands, Dingle Peninsula, Loop Head and more, not to mention an array of fascinating birdlife.
 

 

9. Doolin, County Clare

A pictorial fishing town known for its lively hustle and bustle, Doolin also boasts an abundance of calming vistas, making you feel like a mere dot among this vast and exquisite landscape.
 


10. Kilkee, County Clare

As beautiful as it is during blazing sunshine, a night sky over the Wild Atlantic Way offers another world altogether. Kilkee offers some incredible star-gazing opportunities that are never less than mesmeric.
 


11. The Skelligs, County Kerry

Otherworldly and wonderfully mysterious owing to their stunning sea-surrounded location, a glance at any of the Skellig Islands can’t help but make one marvel at the strength and determination of the sixth century monks who settled on this harsh but heavenly outcrop.
 


12. Slea Head, County Kerry

An ocean of beauty stretching way out to horizons new, Dingle Peninsula’s Slea Head is an idyllic spot sitting along an incredible driving route. It’s also the perfect place to take a break and embrace the Atlantic’s wild majesty from.
 


13. Baltimore, County Cork

A delightful harbour village that sees weather as serene as it is windswept, Baltimore and its iconic Baltimore Beacon, built after the 1798 Rebellion, is a must-visit for those enveloping views and warm coastal welcomes.
 


14. Mizen Head, County Cork

Right down at Ireland’s most southwesterly tip, and indeed the Wild Atlantic Way’s, the seascape from the dizzying heights of Mizen Head Signal Station’s arched bridge is certainly worth the required 99 steps. And with the chance to glimpse seals, kittiwakes, gannets and minke, fin and humpback whales - what better view could you wish for?


Why not get out and uncover more captivating corners of the Wild Atlantic Way for yourself by region or Signature Discovery Point.



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