Jutting out of the ocean and rising roughly 40m above the wild Atlantic waves, Downpatrick Head treats visitors to unparalleled views of the enormous Sea Stack known as Dún Briste. Thanks for taking the time to message, Andy! // You should aim to arrive back to Doolin Pier for around 16:40, depending on how long you spend on Inis Oirr. We will likely be going 80% or more of these places along the way and this helps immensely. Hey there, how much did this roughly cost or how much would you budget for to complete this as someone who lives in Ireland, thanks ? Known as ‘The Great Stalactite’, it hangs from the ceiling like some giant cone-shaped chandelier. You’ll have gotten to bed early the previous night, so get up for 7, eat, and take a little stroll to check out Benbulben. It’s rare that a road bothers me in any way. Tip: As you approach Glengesh from the Glencolmcille side, you’ll come across a little van selling coffee, with a bench close by. Later this year we are doing North Galway/Mayo/Achill Island for the umpteenth time – with friends who have never been there. Any other tips you have are greatly appreciated! When you step out of your car and gaze out, the sound of wind and wave combined with the view that you’ll be treated to is immensely special. // Glencolmcille to Glengesh – 27-minute drive (leave Glencolmcille at for 12:15, arrive to Glengesh for 12:45) //. Our next stop is the Folk Village in Glencolmcille. I’m going to recommend that you stay in The Moorings Guesthouse, which is at the heart of the lovely little village of Portmagee. Try and arrive at Keem Bay when the sun is setting. If you’re looking for a map of the Wild Atlantic Way, jump into the one below. If you can, pull in at the side of the road after you come up the hill just before the bay comes into view (there’s limited parking on either side – literally enough space for one car). The hand-built stone wall sealed the deal for me. I originally published this guide at the start of last summer. By this stage you’re probably starving, so we’ll stop for a bit of food not far from Maghera Strand. Tip: There’s limited space to park at the top of the hill, and the road up. The wild, ever-changing landscapes, the isolation, the people and the fact that you’ll find that many places you visit will have few or no tourists milling about make it an absolute gem of a place to spend a day or 7. The rugged coastline along with all the visitor attractions are beautiful and should almost be the 8th wonder of the world. Remote. Soak up the sights and sounds. Get some breakfast into you and prepare your mind for the beauty that awaits. Grab your breakfast in Brannen’s and then get on the road! I’m going to recommend you stay at Lahinch Coast Hotel and Suites. This is another one of those places that tends to rock you a little bit (the best places to visit in Ireland generally do). The final stretch of our day takes us on a lovely little drive that’ll take you through a part of Sligo that has graced many an Instagram feed. Our first stop of Day 10 takes us up to Horn Head, close to the little town of Dunfanaghy. Hi! On a busy day, this’ll be a nervous drivers nightmare, but just take your time and drive carefully. At this stage of the day you should be well and truly wrecked, but content that you’ve filled your day with a tonne of exploring. We’re heading straight for the café in Kylemore Abbey in Connemara for coffee and cake (if you’re feeling peckish). For those of you that have watched ‘The Field’, you may recognise Gaynors pub in Leenaun as the pub that featured so frequently in the movie. Photo-friendly marker points and interpretation panels have been installed at each of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Discovery Points that will greatly improve visitor experiences all along the route. I am sure it will be used be many many visitors. Colleen flies into the gateway to the west of Ireland, Shannon Airport where she starts her trip highlighting family friendly attractions in the area. Thank You for answer (and sorry for my bad english, I have used an automatic translator), Hi Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey along the WAW. Although I only spent 2 nights here, the place holds a lifetime of happy memories for me. The castle was strategically built out on a jutting rock that places it within the protection of an inlet from Sheephaven Bay. Here’s a quick look at the route that this guide follows. Colleen is back in Ireland, but this time she is taking a family friendly tour of the Wild Atlantic Way! //, Dingle is one of my favourite places to visit on the Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way is a well signposted touring route along the west coast of Ireland. Hi! It takes in the entire length of Ireland's western seaboard. Dun Chaoin Pier is the departure point for the Blasket Island Ferry, and you’ll find it at the northern end of a small secluded bay enveloped by rocky cliffs. And just be curious and inquisitive. When you’re adequately satisfied and buzzed from copious amounts of caffeine and sugar, head off on the tour (book it when you arrive). I recently returned home from an incredible week-long trip exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Spanning an impressive 16,000 hectares, Glenveagh encompasses most of the Derryveagh Mountains, the Poisoned Glen and part of Errigal Mountain. This walk will take you between 3 and 4 hours depending on your fitness levels, and it offers a magnificent view out over the surrounding countryside. According to these lads, the stone fort is said to date back to the 1st century on the site of an early Iron Age multivallate hillfort. Couple the view with the fact that you’re on a relatively small boat that’s swaying side-to-side thanks to the rough Atlantic Ocean and you’ve an incredible experience, just waiting to be seized. If the weather is good, grab a seat outside and watch the world pass you by. Visiting places like Brow Head is what exploring Ireland is all about; experiencing the beauty of our island in its rawest, wildest form. So, I’ve never known what this drive is called – I’ve spent time Googling it, but I can’t tell if it’s officially called ‘the Burren Drive’ or not. We had just driven along Glengesh and had managed to get semi-lost. // Fisher Street to the Doolin Cave – 9-minute drive (arrive for 12:00) //. And just relish every second of the glorious scenery that lays all around you. Get an early night, tonight, as we’ve another busy day tomorrow (we’ll factor in a lie-in, of sorts, for the morning of day 10… promise). This site exists to inspire and guide you on an Irish adventure that’ll give birth to a lifetime of memories (sounds very arsey altogether, I know!) and on to Cork). Our next stop takes us to Malin Head – the most northerly point of the island of Ireland. Welcome to our no-bullsh*t-super-detailed 11-day Wild Atlantic Way itinerary guide for 2020 and beyond. For this road trip, we’re going to drive around it and hop out of the car whenever the notion takes us. Finish off your trip with a creamy pint of Guinness in the pub near the pier. Amazing! The Discovery Points shown below are selected to help you plan your visit with the Signature Discovery Points of Skellig Michael  and The Blasket Islands  marked with orange map markers on our map of Kerry Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points below. The tight, narrow road snakes alongside the mountain and weaves its way along sharp cliff faces on one side and an enormous drop to the other. Love attractions that are a little bit quirky? But… We have a mobile home 7,5 meters long and, after looking the pictures, I´m not sure is it possible to drive on those roads with such a large vehicule. Keep driving up along the Healy Pass (keep going past the café) until you reach the brow of a hill and you see a ‘Welcome to Kerry’ sign. Then over to Dublin for one night, fly out next morning. I took this route very recently (see the video below for some clips towards the end) and it’s just special. You can pull in at the side of the road before the pass and admire the views around you. Check out our guide to, This is one of many great walks that you can add to your Wild Atlantic Way itinerary. Although you won’t need a hiking GPS guide by Globo Surf for this hike, they’re handy to have with you for some of the longer hikes in Ireland. I looked at exporting to a PDF for you, but I couldn’t figure it out, sorry! The road that’ll take you to Kenmare is a long and beautiful one, with an ever-changing tapestry of mountains, colourful towns (stop in Eyeries for a gander) and craggy coastline. Drop the windows (hopefully the rain isn’t hopping down), dial up the radio and just cruise and take it all in. // The Singing Pub to Lough Salt – 20-minute drive (leave the pub at 14:40, arrive to Lough Salt for 15:00) //. I plan to visit this island with my family in the summer of 2020 in ….. camper van and this trip from the Wild Atlantic Way seems very nice but we come from Bordeaux (in France) by plane and we would have to land and take off in two different airports, which ones can you advise us ? Park the car. I hope the trip with friends goes well. at gazing at 350 years’ worth of exposed rock layer. It zig zags along the southern tip of the island before turning north up to the border with Northern Ireland. There are several walks you can do here – the road walk to Banbas crown is roughly 12km and will take you around 5 hours depending on fitness levels. Check-in and chill for the evening. You’ll be waking up to an incredible view of Benbulben from the comfort of your b&b the following morning. Park the car at the lighthouse and walk along the grass to the right of the wall that surrounds it. // Downpatrick Head to Enniscrone Beach – 48-minute drive (spend 35 minutes at Downpatrick head, arrive to the beach for 12:48) //. The Wild Atlantic Way is a lingering in time and place journey in which the senses are alert and the visual rewards diverse and soul gratifying. Hi Liane – I would if I had one, but I don’t! Ah, Valentia Island – easily one of my favourite places in Ireland. If you’d like some more guidance on what to do here, hop into our guide to the Slea Head Drive stops. Thanks for giving such a well-written tour. You’ve three hours to explore as far and wide as you fancy (I’d recommend getting out in the Burren for a nosey around as the landscape is like something you’ll have never experienced). It is one of Dublins newest, luxury design hotels located in Grand Canal Square. It’s just you, the mountains, the wind and the waves. Enter Malin Head along the west side of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Inishowen Peninsula and continue to the tip called Banba’s Crown. The logo at the top represents the (elided) letters WAW, as well as the waves from the Atlantic! He has been in the area for around 32 years and according to experts, he has a lifespan of between 40 and 50 years. The road at Healy Pass, which was constructed in 1847 during the years of the famine, looks like a giant snake from above, slithering its way through the two highest summits in the Caha mountain range. Note: If you’re looking to do the Wild Atlantic Way in 5 days, you could easily plan your trip up until this point. In my opinion, these are the kind of places that you need on your Wild Atlantic Way itinerary. When gawked at from above, the narrow, winding road that leads up to the pier can only be described as a charming little slice of architectural madness. We’re flying out of Dublin and wondering how long we logistically need to drive from the final location on the agenda back to Dublin. Golf, cycle, fish, surf, walk, hike, horse ride, indulge in gourmet food, escape to an island, stroll sandy beaches, hear traditional music, experience arts and culture, and have a one-of-a-kind wild Atlantic adventure. The Bridge is located around 5 miles past Oughterard, on the N59 heading west. When you’ve had your fill, take a look around to your right and you’ll see a small grass hill. Note: you need to be extremely careful of tides and strong currents – check locally regarding the best time to visit. After leaving the Quiet Man Bridge, you’ll be driving along the N59 road towards Clifden. The 360 view you’ll be treated to is just out of this world. For those of you that are hungry or in need of a coffee, nip into An Corcan (the steak sandwich is unreal). // Mamore Gap to Glenevin Waterfall – 13-minute drive (leave Mamore at 12:10, arrive to the waterfall for 12:23) //. We’re going to stop off at Inch Beach for a spot of lunch and a strong cup of coffee. Expect raw, wild, magnificent scenery, with the jagged outline of Skellig Michael on the horizon rarely far from view. // Derrynane Beach to Waterville – 20-minute drive (leave the beach at 15:35, arrive to Waterville for 15:55) //. The guided Doolin cliff walk is a unique and active way to experience the Cliffs of Moher and is run by local expert Pat Sweeney. I’m afraid I don’t have a raw version of the itinerary. // Kenmare to Sneem – 28-minute drive (leave Kenmare at 1:40, arrive in Sneem for 2:10) //. If you’ve never heard of him (or her… I’m never sure which) Fungie is a wild Bottlenose Dolphin that lives in the waters around Dingle. // Tra na Rossan view to the Singing Pub – 6-minute drive (leave the viewing area at 13:40, arrive at the pub for 13:46) //. Hopefully, a cottage near a village with a nice Irish Pub. The first time I laid eyes upon Glenevin Waterfall it mustered up images in my mind of the first Jurassic Park movie. Central to the county lies Killarney National Park,  10,000 hectares of forest trails and the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountains with Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak. I’d imagine you’d be fine on many roads, but you’d need to exercise good judgment. For food, we’re heading straight for Dough Bros. It’s pizza. The Old Head of Kinsale is a Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point. High quality Wild Atlantic Way gifts and merchandise. // Shell’s Cafe to Glencar Waterfall – 30-minute drive (leave Shell’s at 17:30, arrive at Glencar for 18:00) //. There are green roads, tracks of former horse and cart roads, walking paths, and sometimes you will walk or cycle over the open ground using way markers to show you the way. The scenery varies from icy lakes to rugged mountains to open country. Waves lash Downpatrick Head on Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way during a winter storm. Is it possible you have a reverse itinerary please, However you could just start at the bottom of your guide and work your way back up (i.e. Found on the Inishowen Peninsula this immensely scenic drive twists and turns through the gap along a steep route. For a bite to eat, nip into Guys Bar & Snug for fish and chips (or whatever you fancy, obviously). If it was me, I’d extend the time spent in some of the locations in the itinerary (the more time in Kerry the better). from Donegal down through Sligo, Kerry etc. © Copyright © 2020 The Irish Road Trip | All Rights Reserved. And we wouldn’t have changed a thing. Tonight we’ll be staying in Gweedore – I’m going to recommend An Chuirt, Gweedore Court Hotel, but you can stay wherever tickles your fancy based on your budget. Comments like this make it worth writing them! We have, you guessed it, another cracking day ahead tomorrow as we explore more of Mayo before heading onto Sligo and Donegal. // Glenveagh to Gweedore – 20-minute drive (leave the park at 18:00 and arrive for 18:20) //. Your base for the second night is the bustling little town of Clifden. It’s not long since you’ve eaten, but if you’re feeling a little tender after a few drinks the night before, grab a coffee by the window and soak up the view. The first time I visited here, we found it by complete fluke. Put down the phone and the camera and focus on capturing this little chunk of bliss in your mind forever. Learn how your comment data is processed. At over 1,600 miles in length, … Take the roads that tickle your fancy. Let me know if there’s anything you specifically need help with. Walk at your leisure and soak up the sights, smells and sounds. Portmagee is one of the most beautiful little villages in Ireland. You can park your car at the highest point of the road and step out and soak of the glorious scene that lays in front of you. Sit up on the stone wall to the left of the lighthouse and switch off for a while. I was wondering what kind of budget you would recommend in terms of following pretty much exactly what you’ve written for the itinerary? Doe Castle is one of those structures that looks like it was plucked straight from a Disney movie. // Benbulben Farmhouse to Slieve League – 1 hour and 45-minute drive (leave the b&b at 7:00, arrive for 8:45) //. If you can manage to tear your eyes away from the scenery along the route, Pat will take you through the history of the area, recounting memorable stories, myths and past memories. Meander along rivers, lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, through woods, and among mountains. Just soak up the magic of Connemara. I can vouch for the vegetable soup and coffee both being class. For any fans of the movie ‘Ryan’s Daughter’, you may recognise Coumeenoole Beach as it was one of the locations used in the film. Thanks for posting this – it’s a great itinerary that covers every place I want to visit! If you fancy checking out the best that this corner of Ireland has to offer, hop into our guide to Donegal’s top attractions. Ballymastocker Bay is a superb Blue Flag beach, and it’s our final stop for day two of our road trip. I’m excited for any of you that are doing this drive for the first time. Head to Ashe’s Bar for a bite to eat and then tip on over to Murphy’s Ice Cream for a bit of a #TreatYoSelf buzz. // Assaranca Waterfall to Maghera Strand – 4-minute drive (leave the waterfall at 13:55, arrive at the strand for 14:00) //. Here’s what you’ll get if you take the time to read it: While this guide takes you to many well-known tourist attractions, it’s also packed with plenty of hidden gems that lay a little off the beaten track. The quick answer is no. The boats leave Dingle Pier at regular intervals during the day, all year round (weather permitting). We’re going to take the Queen Maeve Trail up Knocknarea Mountain, which should take us around 1 and a half hours to complete. // You should arrive to Portmagee for around half six or so. Let me know! For this trip, we’re going to go for the ferry that cruises beneath the Cliffs of Moher on the return journey from Inis Oírr. The Skellig Ring is a very straightforward drive, where you’ll discover the best it has to offer as you spin along it. Our first stop is at Coumeenoole Beach, a place I’ve been to many times before. I’m going to recommend staying in the Skellig Hotel this evening, so get checked in and chill for a while. The will then transport you to the 5-Star Marker Hotel Where you will reside for the night. The view from the top is one of those scenes that paints itself upon your mind forever. I hope you’ve found the above guide useful. There are now many of these markers along the western coast of Ireland. Mayo’s Downpatrick Head and Keem Strand are included among 15 Signature Discovery Points along Wild Atlantic Way. From spinning along the Slea Head Drive to navigating our way along a road that’s unlike anything I’ve ever encountered, day 4 is all systems go from start to finish. The Wild Atlantic Way is yours to experience however you choose. But wild in the best possible sense – it’s exactly as nature intended. You’ll also happen upon the remains of four ring forts together with a holy well and a mass rock. When you leave the car park, follow the path along the bog bridge all the way until you reach the summit. // Aasleagh Falls to Louisburgh (Co. Mayo) – 40-minute drive but allow 1.5 hours minimum (you’ll have spent 20 minutes at Aasleagh Falls, so you should arrive in Louisburgh for around 14:50) //. It depends on how long you have to explore. As you can see from the video above, is insanely tight – but it’s amazing. We’re going to take our time on this drive. // Westport to Achill – 52-minute drive (leave Westport at 16:55, arrive on Achill for 17:47) //. Our first stop is to Kilbaha to check out the cliffs at Loop Head Lighthouse. Get fed and then head to Enniscrone Beach for a stroll to let the food settle. The island is scattered with peat bogs, rugged mountains, towering sea cliffs and beautiful clean beaches and bays. This corner of Ireland possesses the unique ability to make you feel like you’re the only person left on earth. He and his family first visited the town in 1959 and came back every year for over ten years. Conor Pass runs from Dingle out towards Brandon Bay and Castlegregory, and is one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland, standing a whopping 410 m above the sea level. Need help planning your trip or have a WAW related question? Wild Atlantic Way. Fuel up with a good breakfast and hit the road. OK, so this isn’t necessarily a stop, but you’ll be stopping plenty of times over the course of the drive. You’ll see Fanad Head Lighthouse dominate many guides on the best things to do in Donegal. // Louisburgh to Westport – 26-minute drive (arrive around 15:25) //. Hi from Canada! // Ards Forest Park to Doe Castle – 13-minute drive (leave the forest at 11:50, arrive to Doe Castle for 12:03) //. // Newport to the Céide Fields – 1 hour and 5-minute drive (leave Newport at 9:030, arrive at the Céide Fields for 10:05) //. Downpatrick Head is also the location of one of the World War 11 stone aerial markers that were placed along the Irish coast to identify the land below as neutral Eire during World War 11. We’re heading to McDermott’s Bar for food (bar food served until 21:30), drinks and a dollop of live music tonight. We have done almost all of this tour, but over many visits, and taken scores of diversions off-track and found some absolute gems. Let the windows down. Thanks again for the tips and tricks! Whiddy Island Loop Walk. Day 3 is one that I’ve been looking forward to since I started writing this guide. I didn’t know this place existed – I simply saw a road that caught my eye and kept driving. Dunree Fort and Wild Atlantic Way Signature Marker from the tiny pier that sits below. Tonight, I’m going to recommend you stay in the Limestone Lodge. The Old Head Signal Tower houses a Lusitania Museum and Interpretative Centre. Brannen’s pub in Newport is one of those places that I imagine hasn’t changed a whole lot in 40 years – it’s what I’d call a proper traditional Irish pub. // Dingle to Conor Pass – 8-minute drive (leave Dingle at 14:00, arrive for 14:08) //. We’ve sold our house, bought a campervan and are heading to Ireland to do this amazing road trip. The beach is to the left, down the little winding hill, and then to the right you have a path that, if you take it, will offer spectacular views of the surrounding area. However, if you’re looking to do the Wild Atlantic Way in 5 days, pick a chunk of the guide that tickles your fancy the most and run with it. There are several ferry companies to choose from. // Dunree Head to Mamore Gap – 15 minutes drive (leave the fort at 11:15, arrive to Mamore Gap for 11:30) //. Clare is an absolutely magnificent county that often gets overshadowed by it’s biggest attraction – the Cliffs of Moher. These locations are all well worth checking out but if you are pushed for time you should really try to visit the 3 Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Points listed below: Malin Head, Co Donegal; Fanad Head, Co Donegal; Slieve League, Co Donegal; These are highlighted with orange map markers on the map of Donegal below. Flying in to Dublin (think it’s the cheapest) and wanting to visit the Southwest side of Ireland. The rugged coastline along with all the visitor attractions are beautiful and should almost be the 8th wonder of the world. In this blog post I am sharing a day-by-day breakdown of our week-long road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. The second overlooks Dunfanaghy with Muckish and the Derryveagh mountains providing the perfect backdrop. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Grab a bite to eat in the Pier Restaurant (7-minute drive from where you’re staying) and get back to enjoy your unique bed for the night. I’ve driven this route many times and on every occasion, I’ve been taken aback by the sheer lack of people driving along it. Drop into our guide to the best things to do and places to visit in Mayo if you fancy seeing what else this county has to offer. Click through on any Discovery Point map marker for more information and a map for that location, Use the filter below to find great Hotels, B&B rooms or holiday homes in County Kerry, Looking for a day tour in Kerry? If the Silver Strand gave you a lust for sea air, you can also take a stroll along Glencolmcille beach. If you land here on a sunny day, grab a seat outside and enjoy the view. Wild Atlantic Way upgrade unveiled A new phase of the Wild Atlantic Way has been launched – with photo-friendly marker points, interpretation panels and … After the trip back across the sea from Inis Oírr and the busy day that you’ve had so far, the chances are you’ll be tired, hungry and probably cold/wet (hopefully just tired and cold). Fabulous itinerary I’m going to take my family for sure this year and we’ll definitely do the Wild Atlantic Way, we tend to all travel together so will need to sit down and plan as a team. We’re in no rush. Lough Salt is a small mountain lake located at the base of Lough Salt Mountain. // Glengesh to Assaranca Waterfall – 16-minute drive (leave Glengesh at for 13:15, arrive to the waterfall for 13:31) //. //. As the car will be back in Doolin, we’ll need to take a shuttle bus back. You could spend 11 days driving along it and you could just as easily spend 11 months. Our stop-off point for lunch is a short 4-minute drive from Malin Head. //. You can view the bay from the road above or take a walk down to the sand to give the legs a ‘wee stretch’. Since then, I’ve received a fair few emails with questions about the Wild Atlantic Way. 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