Lauren Bath in Ireland

Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way and Causeway Coastal Route with pro Instagrammer Lauren Bath.

Australian travel photographer and pro Instagrammer Lauren Bath visited Ireland last September checking out the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route. She's been capturing some of the world’s most spectacular and photogenic destinations since 2013, and looking at her Instagram account it’s easy to see why her 463,000 Followers love her so much!

Follow Lauren's journey below as she takes in Ireland's coastal marvels, deep green landscapes, timeworn ruins and much much more.

Lauren’s trip began on the Wild Atlantic Way at Fanad Head in Donegal. It's an unspoiled, rugged peninsula on the very tip of Ireland complete with spectacular views and a centuries-old lighthouse. Fanad Head Lighthouse was built in 1817 as a result of the HMS Saldana being wrecked during a raging storm. Here, she woke early to catch a golden sunrise. And speaking of sunrises, that pink one she nabbed near the Doagh Famine Village? Stunning.

From Doagh Famine Village, a museum depicting 1800s Ireland during the Great Famine, Lauren drove to the Inishowen Peninsula seeking castle ruins. Enter Carrickabraghy Castle, a medieval stronghold on a rocky outcrop that Lauren captured from the water – getting soaked in the process but assuring us it was worth it! Lauren's next shot was another spectacular sunrise at a Donegal beach, commenting on the gorgeous shades of green she’s encountered on the trip. From one side of the peninsula to the other, Lauren snapped an abandoned cottage on a secluded beach, backdropped by crumbling headlands.

There’s a good reason we call this touring route the Wild Alantic Way. Clocking in at 2,500 kilometres of wave-pounded coastline, the land here is shaped by the ocean. Lauren was mesmerised by the cliffs at Malin Head, this island’s most northerly point, and captured a shot of a breaking wave. Next up was Grianán of Aileach, where Lauren soaked up the ancient atmosphere; dating back to 1700 BC, this fort is a cornerstone of local lore. Leaving the coast behind, Lauren drove deep into Northern Ireland and through the Dark Hedges. This avenue of interlocking beech trees is one of the most iconic locations in County Antrim – and even featured on Game of Thrones.

But the Dark Hedges wasn't the only Game of Thrones location that Lauren had the chance to visit. She also spent time exploring Ballintoy Harbour, a cute seaside village on the north coast that doubles as the Iron Islands on the show. And while she never found the exact filming spot, Lauren took some gorgeous shots of wildlflowers blowing in the sea breeze. Further along the coast she captured the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Instagrammer’s dream, where 40,000 hexagonal columns formed 60 million years ago interlock. It’s quite the natural spectacle, and the shot Lauren got there at dusk is utter magic.

Waking up to the sun shining through a purple-flowered window, Lauren greeted the morning at cosy Rathmullan House, filling up on home-baked cookies to prepare for a day’s adventuring! And we’re glad she did: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was waiting, swaying 30m above the glittering emerald sea and daring Lauren to cross it… and, of course, she leaped at the chance! First built by salmon fishermen 350 years ago, this narrow bridge reaches across to Carrick-a-Rede Island, where a lone, whitewashed cottage remains. Back on dry land, Lauren pulled in on a quiet stretch of the Causeway Coastal Route to snap these rows of golden haystacks: a true badge of harvest season and a treasure chest of sunshine to savour throughout the winter to come.

You can follow Lauren’s whole journey through Donegal and along the Causeway Coastal Route on her Instagram page.

If you'd like to embark on your own epic roadtrip along the Wild Atlantic Way and Causeway Coastal Route check out our 5 day Northern Coastline itinerary here.

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