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Taste the Wild Atlantic Way

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Prepare for a fantastic food experience that is sure to satisfy a diverse range of tastes.

From seafood to bread and cheese, chocolate, coffee and craft beer, you won't go hungry (or thirsty) with a wealth of choices on the Wild Atlantic Way. Food in Ireland has changed hugely in recent decades and on your table now you'll find everything from delicious traditional staples to forward-thinking gourmet delights, with some of the country’s finest restaurants, pubs, cafés and artisanal producers dotted along the route.



The freshest quality produce from local farmers, growers and fishermen is used to create flavoursome, home-cooked, seasonal dishes. The world of food can be encountered on farms, near fishing ports and in smokehouses. Many of the locations and places to eat along the way exude atmosphere, warmth and character. This culinary side of the Wild Atlantic Way is bound to linger in the memory, the way only a great meal shared can.

Naturally, the sea has been one of the most important providers of food over the centuries, whether it's lobster or crab, salmon or mackerel, oysters, mussels, or even seaweed. You’ll find coastal communities here whose boats have worked on the Atlantic for generations, who catch and produce seafood with passion and dedication, and whose chefs know a thing or two about how to cook it. These are men and women who mix tradition and 21st-century techniques to bring food from tide to table, and to serve it just a few miles (or in some cases, just a few feet) from where it’s caught.


Local fare changes seasonally, providing a diverse and rich array of flavours. Food producers use the waters, air, pastures and even the salt of their surrounds to create distinctive tastes connected to the west coast of Ireland. By combining tradition, experience, enthusiasm and originality, a vibrant food scene has developed with highly imaginative and creative artisanal producers dotted throughout the west. 

For example, in Cork, Clonakilty Chocolate's Wild West combines a pinch of Irish salt and Achill seaweed with Fairtrade Ghanaian cocoa beans. Or in Dingle, County Kerry, the Little Cheese Shop makes delectable, award-winning cheeses from locally-sourced milk that are matured in a 200-year-old storehouse. At the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, the best salmon is caught around Clare Island and then cured with pure sea salt before being smoked with oak shavings - the traditional wood that has been used this way for hundreds of years.   

Seafood to savour

As well as award-winning eateries, some of the best pubs in the world are here. These days, you're just as likely to find a hoppy IPA as a creamy Guinness on tap with a plethora of craft breweries springing up around Ireland over the last decade. Along the Wild Atlantic Way, some of the brews you might come across include Kinnegar in County Donegal, The White Hag in County Sligo, West Mayo Brewery, Galway Bay Brewery, Western Herd in County Clare, Killarney Brewing Company in County Kerry, and Eight Degrees, Franciscan Well and Blacks of Kinsale in County Cork.

So, whether it's the simple pleasure of happily scoffing fish and chips by the beach while the sun sets or a top-rated restaurant with a wine list the length of a great Irish novel, the pleasure of food is never far away along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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