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While Huffington Post writer Richard Bangs had been to Ireland's inspiring west coast ​before, his recent return saw him wowed by how the Wild Atlantic Way now seamlessly connects the stunning beauty, captivating culture and unique people of this 2,500km stretch of coast.

From knights in shining armour at exquisite Ashford Castle to glacial glory at Killary Harbour (both in gorgeous County Mayo) to pensive poetry in Sligo's Yeats country and laughter in an authentic Irish pub - not to mention the cliff-top views - Richard simply found that, on this coastline, "resistance is futile".



Richard's coastal journey included a visit to Europe's highest sea cliffs, Donegal's jaw-dropping Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) with its unending Atlantic vistas, "seven thousand years ago the inhabitants of this part of Ireland considered the eolian rock faces to be the end of the world, and as close to heaven as a mortal could get."



Bangs also rambled across Sligo's undulating landscape to discover the very scenery that inspired Nobel Prize-winning poet WB Yeats, paying a visit to the poet's grave at scenic Drumcliffe, under the watchful eye of his beloved mountain Benbulben:

"The grave is marked with a simple headstone with the inscription, 'Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by.' This was Yeats’ self-penned epitaph together with the instructions that the grave consist of 'no marble, no conventional phrase'."



Clearly enamoured by the route, the utterly immersive scenery leading to Killary Harbour left a particular impression on the travel writer:

"We motor up nine miles of tightening glacially carved canyon, couched in granite cliffs streaked with vertical quartz veins, the effect of which makes it seem the mountains are crying." 


"Stopping at an overview I feel like I've been slipped a mild tranquilizer. I swallow a set of tears. Is it the wind, or the view? The air is the freshest I've ever breathed, a salt wash for the soul."

Why not read all about Richard's exciting travels in full and then get planning an incredible adventure of your own?


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