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The Wild Atlantic Way really lives up to its name after dark. That’s when thrill seekers, foodies and romantics all find inspiration under the stars. While there’s plenty to enjoy by day, you’ll find endless opportunities for fun and entertainment after the sun goes down. 

With live music the beating heart of the region, nights on the Wild Atlantic Way are ideal for those in search of a traditional music experience – from fireside singalongs to a lively pub session to an evening of stargazing. The West Coast has it all. 

Here, we reveal some of the region’s best-kept secrets for making music and memories on the Wild Atlantic Way:



Take star-gazing to the next level with a magical nighttime kayak on gorgeous Lough Hyne in West Cork. The rising moon, the aromas of honeysuckle on the breeze and the astonishing bioluminescence of the water are just some of the things that make this a truly unforgettable experience. National Geographic has recommended it as one of the top ten things to do on the Wild Atlantic Way. This is a gentle kayak on still waters (Lough Hyne is the only inland saltwater lake in Europe), and as such, is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.


Finding fun amid untamed nature is easy in Kerry, such as the popular Tinteán Ceoil, a traditional Irish fireside session led by locals in Cloghane. This charming village lies at the foot of towering Mount Brandon on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, and is well worth a visit for the breathtaking scenery alone. The fireside session takes place in a replica Irish cottage kitchen, and offers a glimpse into what life was once like in Irish villages. Pop your head one night soon and experience the magic for yourself! 

  • Take star-gazing to the next level with a magical nighttime kayak on gorgeous Lough Hyne in West Cork.


The team at Aniar, a restaurant and boutique cookery school in bustling Galway city, source their vegetables locally and their fresh fish straight from the sea along the Wild Atlantic Way.

In Co. Kerry Deelish Food Tours offer the opportunity to explore either Dingle town, renowned as a one of Ireland’s best foodie havens, or the entire Dingle Peninsula with like-minded gourmands. They tailor their tours to suit the needs of each particular group, but beyond the spectacular scenery you’re guaranteed to meet local producers, experience warm Irish hospitality, and taste real Irish flavours. 

Ennistymon, Co. Clare is home to Little Fox, the latest venture from the Inishbofin-born chef Niamh Fox. The small and stylish restaurant focuses on local, organic and seasonal produce and has been wowing its guests in the Banner County since opening in 2018. 



Want more nighttime excitement in Kerry? This rugged county is home to some of the best star-gazing in Europe. Southwest Kerry is a designated International Dark-Sky Reserve with Gold Tier status, meaning it is free from artificial light pollution and offers spectacular views of the Milky Way at night. 

While you’re here, why not take an introductory astronomy class in Waterville or hire a local astronomer as a star-gazing guide in nearby Caherdaniel? 


Those are just some of the wonderful ways to spend an evening on the Wild Atlantic Way. Book your trip today and experience the magic for yourself. 

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