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Day 1
102.7km
2 Stops

INISHOWEN - MALIN HEAD - BUNCRANA

From the northerly reaches of Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula to the coastal haven of Buncrana, the first day of this five-day itinerary is sure to please the bold adventurer and the poet alike. From the awe-inspiring vistas of Malin Head to the fascinating history at Grianán of Aileach, there’s plenty to see on this first leg that will make the start of your journey memorable. Its just-right mix of history, nature and artistry will leave you eager to explore even more.

Day 2
117.9km
2 Stops

BUNCRANA – FANAD HEAD – DOWNINGS

Today’s route takes in some of the most stunning scenery and unique pockets of culture to be found anywhere in Ireland. Craving a thrill? There are bikes to rent and watersports to try out along your way. Those looking for something a bit more relaxed, meanwhile, will find plenty of opportunities for reflection and indulgence on the road from Buncrana to Downings - from romantic strolls to easygoing guided tours.

Day 3
220.7km
2 Stops

DOWNINGS – SLIABH LIAG – DONEGAL

Day Three is centred around an incredible drive (a little under four hours from start to finish) with plenty of memorable highlights along the way. There’s a lot to discover on this journey from Downings to Donegal, including local food, culture and the charming sense of humour of the locals you’re sure to encounter. Don’t forget to bring your camera; this is one leg you’ll want to remember.

Day 4
88.9km
3 Stops

DONEGAL – SLIGO

There are three unmissable stops on today’s leg, and plenty of fun to be had in between. Visit what many claim is Ireland’s oldest town, take in incredible geology and immense oceanic wonders, cruise through the mountains and get up-close-and-personal with one of the country’s best-known poets. You’ll feast on some of the finest food anywhere, and enjoy the trademark hospitality of the locals of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Day 5
80.8km
2 Stops

SLIGO – BALLINA

It’s your last day on the road, so why not let loose with a little fun? Surfers can paddle out at Strandhill while walkers of all abilities will find rejuvenating paths along the stunning coastline. You can spin along atop two wheels or head indoors to try a spot of pottery. Reward yourself for a trip well-taken with a round of golf or enjoy a leisurely soak in a seaweed bath. The tour will end in the company of some of Ireland’s finest ancient structures, the perfect setting in which to reflect on everything you’ve seen and done.

Route Map

From the Inishowen Peninsula in the north of Donegal to Ballina on the famous River Moy in Mayo, this route covers the very best of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most northerly regions.

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