Experience the untamed west coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way: an adventure you will want never to end.
Meandering 1,500 miles (2,500 km) from Cork in the South to Donegal in the North, you will be overwhelmed by choices on a self-drive tour of the Wild Atlantic Way. Our in-depth local knowledge – we won’t send you anywhere we haven’t been ourselves – will help you discover the real Ireland. We’ll advise on which of the profusion of Wild Atlantic Way squiggly signposts are really worth the detour, helping you find beautiful yet deserted beaches, recommending the best spots for great sunsets and suggesting where to leave the main roads behind and continue by bike or on foot. Bring your own car if you wish from the UK, or fly into Ireland and we’ll arrange a rental vehicle for you.
Often it is better to take your time and explore a smaller section of the Wild Atlantic Way in detail, uncovering hidden gems, or relaxing on a boat trip to an Irish island, rather than rushing along the main tourist route. Let us know what you prefer and we can pace your holiday to suit.
If the thought of driving and navigating your own way along the Wild Atlantic Way is a little daunting, why not explore car-free instead? We also have a variety of other Irish train holidays that take in part of the route: we are expert in planning rail trips, linking in local guides, experiences and authentic accommodation, so you don’t need to miss out.
Top Tips for your Wild Atlantic Way Holiday
Galway is famed for its oysters. Order them in a city pub along with a pint of Guinness for an authentic taste of the West of Ireland.
Visit Doagh Famine Village in County Donegal for thought-provoking, very quirky and often humorous insights into Irish life across the ages.
Look out for bogwood sculpture – beautiful creations combining nature’s power over thousands of years with creative artistry.
Learn about Neolithic times, fairy myths and legends at Carrowkeel and Carrowmore in County Sligo, and spot the cairn of Queen Maeve atop Knocknarea.
Treat yourself to a cup of fresh barista coffee and home-baking at mobile Caffe Banba at Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head.