The ocean. You can smell it on the wind before you even get within sight of the Atlantic. It’s unmistakable, enchanting and a constant presence on the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s 1,500 mile touring route that skirts the entire west coast. For those who want to experience authentic Ireland, its unspoiled emerald hillsides, old stone castles and traditional culture, this is the place to be.
Few road trips in the world pack as much in as the Wild Atlantic Way does. Iconic bucket list attractions like the Cliffs of Moher, the Skellig Islands and the Burren aside, the list of things to do is endless. One moment you could be spotting whales at sea, the next, listening to traditional music with locals in a quaint pub. You can explore centuries-old ruins or cute towns like Doolin and Dingle, ride horses on secluded beaches or bike through landscapes formed where land meets sea. Sound good?