The Best Stops along the Wild Atlantic WayOctober 15th, 2018
Located on the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal. This rugged coastal landscape is said to be the start point of the Wild Atlantic way as it’s the northernmost point. Enjoy the many hikes available and take in the amazing views. Don’t forget to grab a pint in the many pubs it has to offer. Hiking can be hard work! If you are really lucky and you are there at the right time you might even get a chance to see the Northern Lights.
While the thousands gather at the Cliffs of Moher one of Ireland’s best kept secrets is the Slieve League Sea Cliffs. They are two times higher and a completely different experience to the Cliffs of Moher as they are not swarmed with tourists. Walk along the one man path to the cliffs edge and bask in the scenery.
Achill Island of the coast of Co. Mayo is our next stop. Keem Bay which is virtually uninhabited is home to one of Ireland’s most impressive beaches. This is sheltered by cliffs on both sides and very secluded. During warmer summer months the beach can be quite busy but mid-year the beach can be quiet and more often than not you can have it to yourself for a few hours, which is perfect for anyone looking for some peace and quiet.
One of the three Aran Islands and one of the most important Islands helping to keep the Irish Culture alive. Nearly all of the population stills speak the Irish Language strive to keep the music and cultural traditions alive. If you want to experience what old Ireland was really like we recommend staying here for a few nights.
Cliffs of Moher
Ah! Perhaps one of Ireland’s most famous and impressive attractions is the Cliffs of Moher. Millions of visitors flock here each year to get a glimpse of the impressive cliff face. They have featured in many movies including Star Wars & Harry Potter. Walk to the edge of the cliffs or take a boat out to get a proper view of the cave. Either way you will be impressed!
International Dark Sky Reserve
We feel this is one for the bucket list! The International Dark-Sky Reserve in Kerry is the only Gold Tiered Reserve in all the Northern Hemisphere. The pure lack of light pollution lets you experience the night sky in a way you’ve never seen it before.
This Island can only be accessed by boat and to get to the monastery visitors must start a climb of 618 steps. This sixth-century monastery was once home to monks who lived a life of solitude. They are a real insight into historic monastic settlements and now are even more famous as they featured as a set in the Star Wars franchise.
If you want to see more of Ireland’s wonderful landscape and experience the culture while doing so we highly recommend ticking the Wild Atlantic Way of your list!
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