The longest defined coastal route in the world, the Wild Atlantic Way (Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin), winds its way along the Irish west coast from county Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula on Malin Head in the north down to the postcard-perfect town of Kinsale, County Cork, in the south while crossing through regions like Connemara, Galway Bay and Kerry. This stunning drive follows the twists of roads and hugs the indented, rugged coastline for more than 1,500 miles.

 This well-signed, easy-to-navigate route will keep you moving in the right direction and includes 159 "Discovery Points" which showcases areas of interest and provides information on heritage and culture while suggesting viewpoints at which to breathe in the dramatic scenery and capture some amazing photos.

 Map of Wild Atlantic Way & Causeway Coastal Route

Map of Wild Atlantic Way & Causeway Coastal Route

 The Wild Atlantic Way can be enjoyed in its entirety (its recommended to allow 14+ days) or in smaller sections. For those who want to experience Northern Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way connects to the Causeway Coastal Route in Derry-Londonderry.

Mckinney Shaw offers a selection of driving tours with accommodations starting in Dublin or Shannon. If you prefer not to drive, join a group tour to experience parts of this amazing coastal route.

For more tidbits and facts, check out our blog section “Wild Atlantic Wednesdays”. 

For a virtual taste of the "Wild Atlantic Way:  . . . Bain sult as! 

Video courtesy: Wild Atlantic Way. Drone & image footage courtesy: Raymond Fogarty.