Wild Atlantic Way Scenic Drive, Co. CORK Route Map and Guide, Ireland


Mar 14, 2014 at 12:09 am in Driving, Scenic Drives by ActiveME

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County: Route Length (km): 470
Nearest town: OS Map: 70
Route shape: Linear One-wayRoute type: General
Grade/difficulty: EasyDuration:
Parking: Car parkWheelchair friendly?: Yes
Family/child friendly?: YesDog friendly?: Yes
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The Co. Cork stage of the Wild Atlantic Way is 470km long starting from the picture perfect town of Kinsale to the south of Cork City and ending in the Beara Peninsula near the town of Kenmare in Co. Kerry where the next stage starts.  View the map and GPS directions on our Free App on iPhone and Android 

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This Wild Atlantic Way drive along Cork’s coast takes at least 2 - 4 days to complete. However with so much to see and do, you should try to spend at least 2 weeks on this stage to soak up views, the craic (fun) and give yourself time to do walks and other activities. Photos by Valerie O'Sullivan, ActiveMe and others. 

Mizen Head Cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way by Valerie O'Sullivan

Some of the best towns, villages and islands to visit on the Cork route include Kinsale, Clonakilty, Rosscarbery, Skibbereen, Baltimore, Sherkin Island, Clear Island, Ballydehob, Schull, Whiddy Island, Mizen Head (See Photo above), Bantry, Sheeps Head, Glengarriff, Castletownbere, Bere Island, Dursey Island and finishing in Kenmare.

Uragh Stone Circle, Lauragh, Beara, Co. Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way by Valerie O'Sullivan

The following is a list of the top 20 Attractions and 'Things to See and Do' from Kinsale to Kenmare:

  1. Charles Fort – Ancient Star fort
  2. Old Head of Kinsale – Walks, Views and Golf
  3. Garretstown Beach – Surfing, swimming and walks
  4. Seven Heads Peninsula - Walks and Views
  5. Inchydoney Beach – Walks and Surfing
  6. Galley Head – Views and Fort
  7. Toe Head – Lighthouse and Fort
  8. Lough Hyne – guided night swimming with bioluminescent algae
  9. Sea Kayaking in the Atlantic
  10. Baltimore – Barbary Pirates and Whale Watching
  11. Ferry trip to Sherkin and Cape Clear Island
  12. Mizen Head and Barleycove Beach
  13. Sheeps Head Way Walking Trail and scenery
  14. Seefin Mountain and Viewpoint – Myth and Legend
  15. Whiddy and Garnish Island
  16. Beara Way Walking and Cycling Trail
  17. Hungry Hill Walk
  18. Bere Island
  19. Dursey Island and Cable Car
  20. Kenmare Bay Views, Gleninchaquin and Bonane

Gelninchaquin Park

The Wild Atlantic Way is Irelands new long distance scenic driving route along the entire west coast of Ireland from Donegal in the north to Cork in the south. If you are looking for a holiday itinerary from a few days to several weeks, look no further as the Wild Atlantic Way route has it all. From cliff top views to great hikes and from historic cities to picture perfect coastal villages and some of the best surfing in the world, the Wild Atlantic Way drive caters for tourists of all ages and tastes. Slow down and experience the real Ireland.

- the Wild Atlantic Way is the longest coastal tourist route in the world at approximately 2,750 km (1,700 miles) in length with plenty more side routes and loops.

- You can join the Wild Atlantic Way at any number of points along its length, complete it in either direction and enjoy the many shorter side loops and dozens of attractions, walks, cycles, golf, fishing, surfing, swimming and places to stay and see along the Wild Atlantic Way.

- A map of the Wild Atlantic Way is shown below and you can also download the gpx file (GPS) for your cars Sat Nav or follow it using GPS on our FREE Travel Guide App called ActiveMe Ireland on iPhone and Android App

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Route Map

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2 responses to Wild Atlantic Way Scenic Drive, Co. CORK Route Map and Guide, Ireland

  1. Ferre Vangeel said on March 1, 2015 Reply

    Berkenbos 57 Balen, Belgium
    would like very much to get the GPX data to put together the GPS total route of the wild atlantic way. Unfortunately this data is not accesible for Belgians….
    I have read on various blogs that people in other countries could not get hold of these data neither.

    I sencerely hope you will be able to help me, thus saving me days of work to put the road together via a sub-program.

    Thank you so much in advance, and look forward to hear from you real soon !
    I plan to get on the track mid may.

    With warm regards,


    • ActiveME said on March 27, 2015 Reply

      Hi Ferre,
      Thanks for spotting this issue. Spammers were causing issues so we had to block a large number of countries temporarily. I have made a change that might allow you to access the GPS files once you are a registered member (its free). Please let me know if it works. Alternatively please send me an email to info@activeme.ie
      Thanks Brian

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