SKIMMING HUGE BAYS, FROM WILDERNESS TO WILDERNESS
No matter what the season Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way continues to astound.
From the crystal waters of distant Erris to the “savage beauty” of much-loved Connemara, the Wild Atlantic Way skims south around some impressive bays. The largest of these – Clew Bay – is said to have 365 islets and islands, one for every day of the year.
Connemara means “inlets of the sea” in Irish, and here water and land merge in a lacy shoreline of loughs, coves, islands and sea-swept blanket bogs. The Bay Coast is a salty fresh-air playground, with its dazzling beaches and Blueway trails, and here people come to kayak, kiteboard, paraglide, swim and dive. Riders trek across the sands on sure-footed Connemara ponies.
Cyclists follow the Great Western Greenway – one of the world’s most scenic cycleways. Walkers climb the sacred Croagh Patrick Mountain and Twelve Bens range. There’s history and culture too: from elegant Georgian Westport to the Clare Island stronghold of legendary pirate queen Grace O’Malley, and onward toward Connemara’s coarse and captivating Derrigimlagh Bog – a mosaic of tiny lakes and peat, where the first transatlantic flight landed.
And looking west across the great sweep of Galway Bay, you can watch the sun go down behind the Gaeltacht Aran Islands before spending a night in the City of the Tribes itself.
Brimming with enigmatic character, unmistakable atmosphere, and unforgettable encounters and lasting memories, the Wild Atlantic Way's six regions showcase all this among sensational scenery.
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