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Explore The Route

The Cliff Coast

HARD LAND, WARM HEARTS

Beauty and tradition spans Galway through Clare to the North Kerry Coast.

REGION: GALWAY TO BALLYBUNION

“The land is hard, the soul is not” says the Lonely Planet about the Cliff Coast … where ice-age landscapes meet west-coast warmth, and music is a way of life.

It’s a place for clifftop walks, island-hopping, traditional pubs … and soul-stirring views: rainbows in the ocean spray along the Loop Head Drive; colonies of puffins on the sheer Cliffs of Moher; bottlenose dolphins in the mouth of the Shannon; and the view of Clare’s mountains from Kerry’s Cliffs of Dooneen.

Then there’s the otherworldly Burren – a vast limestone pavement rich with rare flora, crossed by ancient green roads. And down to the Flaggy Shore, described by Seamus Heaney in his much-loved poem Postcript as a place that can “catch the heart off guard and blow it open”. Enough said?

Discover the Six Regions

Like what you see? There are five more distinct and fascinating regions on the Wild Atlantic Way just waiting to be discovered.