Drive at the very edge of Europe and experience Irelands Wild Atlantic Way. Tours Guided in Ireland
"IRELANDS COAST AS YOU'VE ALWAYS IMAGINED."
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There’s something inherently exciting about getting out on the open road and seeing what new sights are waiting to be discovered; for an instant we are like the explorers of old charting new courses. There are many great scenic drives around the world, from the Great Ocean Road in Australia to Route 66 in the USA. One of the newest designated routes though is also one of the most exciting– Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Stretching for 2,500 km (1,500 miles) along Ireland’s western seaboard. From Malin Head in Co. Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork, through regions like Connemara, Galway Bay and Kerry... it’s the longest defined coastal drive in the world. Here, the ocean’s force has carved a coast of wild, raw beauty … huge Atlantic rollers crash and churn, shaping jagged ocean crags, archipelagos and inlets, sea loughs, surfing strands and the sheer granite walls of cliffs that are amongst some of the highest in Europe. Rare sea eagles circle over glacial mountains, dolphins leap the waves, seals bask on the shore, puffins nest on cliff faces, geese gather in great estuaries. And lighthouses safeguard sailors all the way up the coast – from Fastnet to Malin Head.
Right along this spectacular drive you’re aware of the elemental power of the Atlantic Ocean, turning from grey to green to azure blue as great weather fronts roll in and through. You’ll drive on routes that ring great peninsulas, reaching out into the ocean. Tiny roads hug the shoreline then switch back high above the Atlantic swell. Cloud-shadows race across sea and land, followed by shafts of sunlight. You’ll probably see a lifetime’s rainbows in just one trip.
You’ll want to stop often at the many small settlements and towns along the route. Every few miles there are places to stretch your legs and have a bite to eat. Maybe you’ll hunker down and stay a night or two to get to know the places and the people… to climb cliffs, surf waves, ride bikes to join in the craíc at sessions and festivals to go island-hopping and visit ancient sites to sit by turf fires in traditional pubs, where you’ll eat the freshest seafood and hear the Irish language, songs and stories.
Out here in the west coast’s remote Gaeltacht regions, Irish is the mother tongue for many folk – and they’ll tell you “fáilte romhat isteach – you’re most welcome here”. You could drive the whole route in one go – but you don’t have to. Instead, you may want to slow down, and dive in deep… For it’s out on these western extremities – drawn in by the constant rhythm of the ocean’s roar and the consistent warmth of the people – that you’ll find the Ireland you’ve always imagined.
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