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Wild Atlantic Way, IrelandThe Wild Atlantic Way is the world's longest and arguably most spectacular coastal driving route. Follow the rugged, winding coast line to discover otherworldly landscapes; coves and islands, beaches and bays, cliffs and villages. Get lost in the wilderness and raw beauty of this unique place. To make the most of your epic journey, follow our 30 point route beginning in the northernmost point of Ireland--Malin Head, Donegal--heading south through Mayo, Galway, Clare, and Kerry to Ireland's most southerly point: Mizen Head, Cork.
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County DonegalFrom Malin Head to Slieve League, Donegal's section of the Wild Atlantic Way is studded with alluring landscapes. Over millions of years, the Atlantic has carved dramatic crevices into the rugged headland, with the Slieve League cliffs said to be some of the highest marine cliffs in the world. Explore the windswept landscape which has inspired so many songs and legends.
Donegal to MayoTake in the majesty of Mullaghmore Head, Downpatrick Head and Keem Strand as you journey from Donegal to Mayo. Mullaghmore Head, off the coast of Sligo, is a paradise for surfers well-known for its gigantic 'prowler' waves. Surfing schools abound in this neck of the woods, so if you want to get in on the action, take a lesson or two. Then it's onwards to Downpatrick Head in Mayo, a spectacular headland rising 38 metres from the sea. Don't miss Keem Strand on Achill Island, with its picturesque sandy beaches and awe-inspiring rugged coastline.
Mayo to ClareFrom Mayo, continue South-West toward Clare. The picturesque fjord of Killary Harbour nestles in the heart of Connemara, the perfect holiday hideaway. The patchwork of tiny lakes in the Derrigimlagh Bog are ideally explored by bike, while the magnificent Cliffs of Moher in nearby Clare need no introduction. Take your time travelling this section - the wealth of beautiful scenery is something worth savouring.
Clare to KerryLeaving Clare, stop by the Loop Head Lighthouse, whose panoramic views of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher are well worth the climb. Onwards to Kerry, where the Blasket Islands - just a boat ride from the Dingle Peninsula - where stunning landscapes suspend disbelief. UNESCO World Heritage Site Skellig Michael is next on your journey, a mystical place steeped in culture and legacy. From here, head east to Kenmare and onward toward Cork - the culmination point of your Wild Atlantic Way journey.
Kerry to CorkLast but not least, the Kerry to Cork segment of the Wild Atlantic Way is dotted with unmissable sites. Drive from Dursey Island to Mizen Head - Ireland's most southern point - and then on to the old town of Kinsale and Cork city. This city bursts with cosy pubs for a weary traveller to wind up their journey.
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Citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) and Switzerland can enter Ireland without a visa. Citizens of a further 56 countries, including many in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and more are also visa-exempt. A short-stay visa waiver programme allows visitors of certain nationalities to enter Ireland visa-free if…
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Influenced by the Gulf Stream, Ireland has a mild climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius (60-70 Fahrenheit). The temperatures are generally around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit) in spring and autumn and between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius (30-40 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter. Irish landscapes are at their…
To begin your journey on the Wild Atlantic Way, you can arrive at any of the airports scattered around the country. Here is a list of the main ones. Dublin Airport (DUB), Dublin www.dublinairport.com Shannon Airport (SNN), County Clare www.shannonairport.ie Ireland West International Airport at Knock (NOC), County Mayo www.irelandwestairport.com Cork Airport (ORK), County Cork…
The national bus service provider in Ireland is Bus Éireann. For information on bus times, tickets and prices go to: www.buseireann.ie The national railway company is called Irish Rail. For information on rail services go to www.irishrail.ie Information about public transport in Ireland is also provided on the website www.transportforireland.ie
If you intend to rent a car for an Wild Atlantic Way road trip, make sure to familiarise yourself with the Irish road rules. In particular, pay attention to the speed limits: 120km on motorways; 100km on national roads; 80km on regional and local roads; 50km in a built-up area. Also remember that, unlike in…
Postal services in Ireland are provided by An Post. Each town has its own post office or more than one. Generally speaking, post offices are open from 9am to 5.30 pm during weekdays and 9am-1pm on Saturday. In larger towns, the Saturday opening hours may be extended. Use the link below to locate the nearest…
Pharmacies can be found in every town and they are usually marked by a brand logo. General working hours are from 9am to 17.30pm, but they can be extended according to the pharmacy. Look for the nearest pharmacy at the link below.