WILD ATLANTIC WAY
The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s iconic driving route. The entire route begins just before Malin Head in North Donegal which is Ireland’s most Northerly point and ends close to Ireland’s most Southerly point, Mizen Head in County Cork.
Fly into Shannon airport for this 8 Night Tour based around Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way Driving route, the longest coastal driving route in the world! Don’t worry though; you don’t have to drive all of it! Use your custom made itinerary to guide you from one coastal charm to the next.
Out at the very edge of Europe, this breath-taking route incorporates spectacular headlands, striking beaches, superbly located sea cliffs and some of Ireland’s most famous driving routes such as the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. This Tour includes a night in Galway City, a bustling city and often referred to as our festival capital, although a world away from the small coastal villages you have visited is a perfect way to end your tour.
Rental of a economy-size car. Included with your car is all compulsory insurances - Collision Damage Waiver insurance (CDW with an excess/deductible), theft protection insurance, location fee of €30, Road fund tax, sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24 hour peace of mind breakdown cover.
Prices are per person based on 2 persons in each room with full Irish breakfast and taxes included. A single supplement will apply to rooms and car rental in the case of single occupancy.
Please note that we charge in Euros (€). Prices in other currencies are for indication only and subject to fluctuation.
The journey from Shannon airport to Dingle is the perfect way to start your Wild Atlantic Way tour! The quickest route will take you via Limerick City, known for its Viking Heritage and the remarkably preserved, King John’s Castle. You will also pass through the pretty heritage town of Adare where the street is lined with thatched cottages and cute craft shops. As you come closer to Dingle you will have the opportunity to travel to it via the Conor Pass, the highest mountain pass in Ireland which has several viewing places where you will undoubtedly take some of your best photographs of dramatic Irish scenery!
At the top of the pass, Brandon and Tralee Bays can be seen clearly to the north and to the south you will see Dingle Bay. Some of the Wild Atlantic Way’s best scenic views can be found along the Dingle Peninsula, with the Brandon Mountains towering to the North and some fantastic seascapes to the West. At night, the town of Dingle comes alive with the sound of great traditional Irish music! The town is also known for its fantastic food with a great selection of seafood restaurants and cafes.
Set off early today because while the drive from Dingle to Clare has outstanting Wild Atlantic Way scenery, it is a long journey! As you head East towards Tralee, the small village of Annascaul is one of the next villages you will meet. Annascaul is the birth place of Tom Crean, a local hero who accompanied Scott and Shackleton on three Antarctic voyages. On his return to from his adventures, Crean opened the "South Pole Inn", and you can still grab a pint and some grub in this pub today!
Carry on to the town of Tralee which hosts Ireland’s longest running beauty pageant, The Rose of Tralee. Continue to Tarbert where you will take a ferry crossing on the Shannon Estuary to County Clare, home to one of the world’s most famous attractions, the Cliffs of Moher. Ireland's most visited natural attraction with amazing Wild Atlantic views that captures the hearts of more than a million visitors every year. You then arrive at the village of Doolin, famous for its traditional Irish music scene and in recent years has been attracting crowds to spontaneous sessions in any one of its excellent pubs.
Just north of the Cliffs you then have the lunar like Burren region, the ancient Poulnabrone Dolmen Tombs and the Aillwee Caves.
Travel to Westport via the beautiful Connemara region, located on the most western coastline of Europe, this region boasts breath-taking scenery. From here travel just South of Westport to visit Croagh Patrick. According to local legends, Saint Patrick spent 40 days and 40 nights at the summit of this mountain fasting. You may instead choose to travel North of Westport visiting Ireland’s largest Island, Achill.
Achill islands is reached by a long road bridge, it has fantastic mountains, moorland, long sandy beaches and rugged sea cliffs. Before you leave Westport you may also wish to visit Westport House - Designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt in the 18th century, Westport House is one of Irelands’ most historic homes open to the public.
Westport to Galway city
Heading south from Westport, you reach the festival city of Galway, a harbour facing city on Ireland’s west coast, where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city revolves around the 18th Century Eyre Square, a popular meeting place enclosed by shops, and traditional pubs many of which provide fantastic live traditional Irish Music. Close by, boutiques, art galleries and cafes line the pretty lanes of what is known locally as the Latin Quarter.
Other sites in Galway include Ireland’s largest medieval parish church, the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra dating back to 1320 and Galway Cathedral.
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