In partnership with the Telegraph, radio and TV presenter Angela Scanlon, and her dad Phelim, adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the world’s longest defined coastal touring routes. Join them as they embark on a road-trip along Ireland’s west coast, exploring majestic countryside, culturally-rich cities, cosy coastal towns and the rugged landscape that Ireland is famous for.
The Wild Atlantic Way – what a trip! Amazing landscapes, music, art and people. Perfect.
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On an adventurous road-trip around Ireland, Angela Scanlon and her dad Phelim explored the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the world’s longest defined coastal touring routes. Hugging Ireland’s west coast, this route spans across some of Ireland’s most-incredible places to visit, beginning in Donegal and extending all the way down to Cork. The adventure began in the cultural heart of Ireland, Galway, where Angela and Phelim perused the cobbled streets, colourful shops and independent cafes that lend themselves to the Irish character that embodies this incredible city. They witnessed incredible historic monuments like the Spanish Arch and stopped to gaze in wonder at street performers and musicians as they busked on the lively streets.
Hitting the road again, it was time to make a short journey to Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, a fairy-tale castle laced with a history of romance and tragedy. Kylemore Abbey was home to Mitchell Henry and Margaret Vaughan, who spent their honeymoon in Connemara. While there, Margaret commented how beautiful the area was and how wonderful it would have been to live there. Thirteen years later, her besotted husband finished this masterpiece castle, overlooking the glassy Connemara lake. Tragically, however, after a visit to Egypt, Margaret contracted a fever and passed away, leaving Mitchell with a broken heart as he built his wife the neogothic church that remains there, one of the most elegant final resting places money can buy.
Their next destination brought them to Clifden in Connemara, but not without a stop-off at the Sky Road viewing point along the way, yet another perch with a view of majestic landscapes that it would seem only dreams are made of. Clifden is renowned for its sounds, with lively pubs and traditional music on every corner. Here, Angela and Phelim toasted the first half of their road-trip along the Wild Atlantic Way in Lowry’s pub over a pint of Guinness as they tapped their feet to a live traditional Irish music session.
With so much more to explore, Angela and Phelim were not finished with the Wild Atlantic Way just yet! They continued the road-trip in the picturesque town of Westport in Co. Mayo. Here, they planned their day over coffee in Christy’s Harvest, a quaint café amidst the hustle and bustle, followed by a stroll around the town to see the historic architecture that remains today.
Next-up was Keem Bay, a stunning horseshoe-shaped bay with a Blue Flag beach, at the western end of Achill Island. Some say this is among Ireland’s best-kept secrets! On to Downpatrick Head, Angela braved the water by kayak to get a closer look at the incredible Dun Briste sea-stack. This lone sea stack was formed following a massive storm in 1393 where it broke off from the mainland with locals on top! Nowadays, it is a beautiful sight to behold as you can see the layers upon layers of multi-coloured rock strata. Having worked up an appetite, they toasted their final goodbye to the Wild Atlantic Way with a visit to Eithna’s by the Sea in Mulllaghmore, an acclaimed seafood restaurant serving fresh local produce. In Eithna’s words – the best of the best!
Plan your own adventure along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way to explore the wild landscape, amazing architecture and unrivalled music, art and people of the west coast. Adventure awaits!
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