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Spiritual Retreats and Meditation Retreats

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Imagine sinking into a candlelit seaweed bath full of essential oils, or escaping to luxury surrounds on a secluded island. Or maybe yoga and meditation retreats are more you? However you dream of relaxing, the Wild Atlantic Way has plenty of experiences to enjoy amidst serene nature and breathtaking scenery. From the tranquil bays of West Cork in the south to the visceral beauty of County Donegal’s beaches in the far north, dozens of unique and indulgent experiences await...


Take a seaweed bath

A centuries-old Irish treatment for ailments, a seaweed bath will help relax the mind and secure you a great night’s sleep. You won’t get a more tranquil place to relax than at Connemara Seaweed Baths on the shores of Ireland’s only fjord at Killary Harbour, which is one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s signature discovery points.  Meanwhile, the steaming cast iron tubs at the Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill County Sligo lead to ultimate escapism. Within your private room, sink in to the essential oils of this natural pain-reliever. Don’t forget a quick blast of a cold shower once you’re done to help with circulation! Head to the surfing mecca of Bundoran and hit the crashing waves before unwinding amidst a perfect blend of Atlantic ingredients with Bundoran Seaweed Baths.

Voya Seaweed Spa at Strandhill County Sligo
Voya Seaweed Spa at Strandhill, County Sligo 

Pamper yourself at a scenic spa

If a seaweed bath doesn’t have the range you’re looking for, maybe you’d prefer a pampering session at a spa? The Wild Atlantic Way is home to a range of luxury hotels offering a range of treatments with stunning views of the picturesque surroundings. The international award-winning Park Hotel Kenmare in the heart of the Ring of Kerry has an award-winning spa called Sámas, which is Irish for ‘indulgence of the senses’, appropriately enough. Meanwhile at nearby Parknasilla Resort, wellness is inspired by the nature of beautiful Kenmare Bay and down on Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, 3km from Clonakilty in west Cork, you’ll find Ireland’s first Seawater Therapy Pool. The Boghill Centre, at the foot of the Burren in County Clare, is a sanctuary like no other. Its otherworldly limestone landscape offers the ultimate spiritual retreat from which to rejuvenate body, mind and soul in a totally unique setting. In County Mayo, Mount Falcon Estate’s spa near Ballina is another terrific way to soothe the senses. 

View from Parknasilla spa on Wild Atlantic Way
Room with a view, image via Parknasilla Resort

Stay in luxury, secluded accommodation

The gorgeous award-winning Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites on Inis Meáin (Inishmaan), one of the three islands that makes up the Aran Islands, is just a 45-minute ferry ride from Doolin or Galway, and offers a truly invigorating escape. Panoramic ocean views can be enjoyed through the suites’ giant glass windows, with views stretching from the Connemara Mountains to the Burren. The surrounding beauty is matched only by the privacy and comfort of the exquisitely designed interiors and the innovative, seasonal restaurant. Both the suites and restaurant are open from April to September and require quite advanced booking. 

Luxury Accommodation on the Aran Islands at night
Twilight on the Aran Islands, image via Inis Meáin

Hire your own private island

And if you truly want to get away from it all, you can’t do much better than having your own private island to explore and relax on. Hire Inish Turk Beg in Clew Bay, County Mayo in its entirety, and enjoy views of the beautiful surrounding islands and the imposing Croagh Patrick from the comfort of, well, anywhere you like.


Hire a private island at Inish Turk Beg in County Mayo
An island all to yourself, image via Inish Turk Beg

Rent a lighthouse

Renting a holiday home is one thing, but a lighthouse can offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In a historic building at the ocean’s edge, you can learn all about Ireland’s maritime history and realise those childhood dreams. Particularly beautiful spots include Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House in Kilbaha, approx. 20km from the town of Kilrush in County Clare, and Galley Head Lightkeeper’s House in Clonakilty, West Cork.

View of Loop Head lighthouse in County Clare
View of Loop Head Lighthouse from the Lighthouse Keeper’s House


Luxury camping

Forget about trying to find that mallet in the rain – a quirky and unique alternative comes in the form of ‘glamping’, which lets you get back to nature in comfort and style. Portsalon Luxury Camping in County Donegal, 10km from the town of Milford has luxury yurts with all mod-cons so you can fully immerse yourself in the magical countryside surrounded by mountains and one of the world’s best beaches, Portsalon. Meanwhile Dromquinna Manor in Kenmare, in the Ring of Kerry, offers more traditionally-shaped, but no less comfortable luxury tents in a woodland setting.

Portsalon Luxury Camping in County Donegal
Home comforts at Portsalon Luxury Camping

Yoga and meditation

If you’re keen to realign body and mind, try a spiritual vacation at The Cliffs of Moher Retreat, which you’ll find 9km from the seaside town of Lahinch in County Clare, or the nearby Burren Yoga Retreat. Both offer a range of classes, with plenty of opportunity for rebalancing outdoor walks. Over in West Cork, Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre sits high up on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where you can take part in meditation, go on river walks, taste home baked treats and relax in its beautiful garden. Meanwhile in Cloona Health Retreat in County Mayo, you can detox, re-energise and truly disconnect from the world. 

Cliffs of Moher retreat near Lahinch County Clare
A scenic yoga session ready to start, image via Cliffs of Moher Retreat


Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat

If you prefer flexing your mind, the Anam Cara Writers’ & Artists’ Retreat, on a secluded hilltop in Beara, West Cork, aims to nurture creativity in its visitors – and with fantastic views all round and calming nature, what better place to draw inspiration from!

Anam Cara Writers & Artists Retreat at Beara County Cork 
Waterfalls cascade at Anam Cara, image via Fiona Gebbie

Inspired to investigate further? Find more information in our Wild Atlantic Way directory and help build your itinerary. Or if you’re looking for weekend breaks for two, get inspired here

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