The Wild Atlantic Way scenic driving route follows the rich diversity of the intriguing Atlantic seaboard on Ireland’s west coast, stretching 2700 km along some of the most stunning coastlines at the very edge of Western Europe. See the full route map and guide here.
The following are detailed route maps and guides for each county on the Wild Atlantic Way.
- Cork – Route Map and Guide:
- Kerry – Route Map and Guide:
- Clare – Route Map and Guide:
- Galway – Route Map and Guide:
- Mayo – Route Map and Guide (coming soon)
- Sligo and Leitrim – Route Map and Guide (coming soon)
- Donegal – Route Map and Guide (coming soon)
Ballinskelligs Bay near Waterville, Co. Kerry flanked by Hogs Head (left) and Bolus Head (right) on the Ring of Kerry, Ireland – Photo: Brian Coakley
The Wild Atlantic Way suits those looking for a holiday itinerary from a few days to several weeks. The Wild Atlantic Way route has it all, over 1,000 Attractions; over 2,500 activities including walking, cycling, kayaking, surfing, fishing and more, over 50 Blue Flag beaches, nearly 20 long distance walks, over 120 Golf courses and over 500 festivals and events to enjoy during each year.
The Atlantic coastline of Ireland has intrigued and mystified visitors who leave in wonder of how this coastline has defined Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way tells the story of the seascape and it’s people including Surfers, Swimmers, Kayakers, Adventurers and Activity enthusiasts, Artists, Story Tellers, Seaside towns, Fishermen, Farmers, The Islanders, Colourful cottages and Windswept Lighthouses. Even for the Native Irish and emigrates returning home, the memories of summer holidays in Castlecove, The Gaeltacht in Connemara, The Caravan Park in Barleycove, swimming and snorkeling the potholes in Kilkee, seaweed baths in Sligo, ice-cream in Ballybunion. All these memories serve as a rite of passage on the Wild Atlantic Way.
See the Wild Atlantic Way Video by Failte Ireland
The Wild Atlantic Way route caters for tourists of all ages and tastes. Slow down and experience the real Ireland.
– The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined and signed tourist routes in the world at approximately 2,750 km (1,700 miles) in length with plenty more side routes and loops.
– the Wild Atlantic Way will also have places to stop and take in scenic views and over 150 discovery points for tourists along the way.
– Begining in the Inishowen Peninsula in county Donegal near border with Northern Ireland and Derry City the Wild Atlantic Way travels the entire west coast throught counties Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and ends in the picturesque town of Kinsale in Cork.
– 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 and places to stay and see along the Wild Atlantic Way.
– The Wild Atlantic Way provides visitors with stunning scenery at every turn and letting them expereice the wild nature of Irelands Atlantic shore be it glorious sunshine or the even more impressive huge Atlantic swells battering the coast during bad weather.
– At over 2,500 km the Wild Atlantic Way will dwarf other scenic driving routes like the Ring of Kerry (170km), The Great Ocean Road in Australia (250km) and the Garden Route in South Africa (200km) but will also provide shorter (100km to 300km) side loop scenic drives along the coast.
– the Wild Atlantic Way is comparable to the well know US routes like the 2,500km Highway 101 route along the west coast of the USA or the famous and historic 4,000km long Route 66 from Chicago to LA.
– A map of the Wild Atlantic Way is shown here https://www.activeme.ie/guides/driving/wild-atlantic-way-scenic-drive-west-of-ireland/