About The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way, the longest defined coastal touring route in the world stretching 2,500km from Inishowen in Donegal to Kinsale in west Cork, leads you through one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes.
A frontier on the very edge of Europe, the Wild Atlantic Way is a place like no other, which in turn has given its people a unique outlook on life. Here you can immerse yourself in a different way of living. Here you can let your freer, spontaneous side breathe. Here you can embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life.
The most memorable holidays always have a touch of wildness about them, and the Wild Atlantic Way will not disappoint. With opportunities to view the raw, rugged beauty of the highest sea cliffs in Europe; experience Northern lights dancing in winter skies; journey by boat to many of the wonderful islands off our island; experience the coast on horseback; or take a splash and enjoy the many watersports available.
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, so be sure to allow enough time take it all in. For the foodies, you can indulge in some seaweed foraging with a local guide with a culinary experience so you can taste the fruits of your labours. As night falls enjoy the craic at traditional music sessions and even try a few steps of an Irish jig! 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 have always imagined.
Galway a bay coast – An Open-Air Playground
Galway is the only city on the Wild Atlantic Way walking distance to the salty Atlantic Ocean at Galway Bay. Delegates could utilise the Wild Atlantic Way as a stunning backdrop or theme for any conference or incentive programme.
Ocean Skimming the Coast, from Achill Island to Galway Bay
From northwest Mayo to the “savage beauty” of Connemara, the Wild Atlantic Way skims south around several huge 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, with water and land merging in a lacy shoreline of loughs, coves, islands and sea-swept blanket bogs.
The Bay Coast is a salty, open-air playground, loaded with dazzling beaches and Blueway trails, with opportunities to kayak, kite-surf, paraglide, swim and dive. Cyclists follow the Great Western Greenway – one of the world’s most scenic cycleways. Walkers climb the sacred Croagh Patrick and Twelve Bens range.
There’s history and culture too, from Westport’s Georgian elegance to Clifden’s Derrigimlagh Bog, where Alcock and Brown landed after the first transatlantic flight in 1919. The Bay Coast is where you’ll find Galway City, one of Ireland’s most historic and happening hubs, with its Spanish Armada links and vibrant events like the Galway Arts Festival, Oyster Festival and annual races.
Further south, near Kinvara, you can banquet in the 500 year old Dunguaire Castle, from where you can look west across the great sweep of Galway Bay and watch the sun go down on the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) Aran Islands and south Connemara, while enjoying a night out to remember.