Get Wild on the Wild Atlantic Way
Discover the south-west of Ireland through the Wild Atlantic Way. A memorable journey of soaring cliffs, hidden beaches and epic bays, the trial is the world's longest defined coastal touring route. Book a stay in any of the numerous luxury McGettigan Hotels around the country.
Begin your journey at Mizen Head, one of the most extreme points of the island of Ireland. At the end of Mizen Peninsula, the cliffs of Mizen Head rise high above the Atlantic Ocean. Dare to cross the iconic bridge above the gorge and scan the ocean for whales and dolphins. The signal station, once permanently manned is now an award winning Maritime Museum and Heritage attraction.
Heading north make a beeline for Garnish Island (Ilnacullin), a world renowned garden, laid out with beautiful walks and containing stunning plants which are rare to the irish climate. The island also boasts a Martello Tower on its southern shore. This shelter, combined with the effects of the Gulf Stream and the unique configuration of Glengarriff Harbour results in a unique microclimate in which an amazing range of exotic species flourish. Ilnacullin and its surrounding waters are quite rich in wildlife with seals frequent inhabitants on the southern shore.
Charles Fort is one of Ireland's many historical treasures. It is one of the largest military installations in the country. The fort has two enormous bastions overlooking the estuary and three facing inland. Constructed in 1682 and garrisoned by the British Army until 1922, Charles Fort overlooks the Old Head of Kinsale and the mouth of the Bandon River.The Ambassador Hotel Cork is the perfect location to rest your head as its only a 35 minute drive from the fort.
Continuing north, visit Thomond Park in Limerick City. The stadium holds a special place in munster rugby due to its own unique history and atmosphere. Thomond Park has hosted a galaxy of events that have established the stadium as a world class multi-purpose venue. A fantastic addition to the stadium is the interactive museum experience which showcases the proud history and heritage of Munster Rugby. Why not stay at the Limerick City Hotel, only a five minute drive from the iconic stadium.
Next stop, sandy crescent-shaped Lahinch Beach Co.Clare. Atlantic wave breakers that attract surfers and canoeing enthusiasts from all over the world have earned Lahinch a reputation as a top ‘surf centre’. The flooding tide makes it ideal for surfing, sea kayaking and kite surfing, there are also a few surfing schools in the area.
A short drive away is the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher have majestically faced the atlantic for 350 million years and it is currently Ireland's most visited tourist attraction. Looking out from the top of the cliffs you'll see many coastal landforms: Sea Stacks, Sea Slumps and caves. Just north of the cliffs you will find the Burren - a dramatically beautiful Karst Landscape.
The Burren is a naturally formed limestone “pavement” that stretches over a vast area. There are seven way-marked walking trails in the Burren National Park and Slieve Carran Nature Reserve. The Burren region is internationally famous for its landscape and flora. Botanically, the Burren is one of the most fascinating regions in Western Europe with plants normally found in widely separate parts of the continent growing alongside each other and 75% of plants found in Ireland are represented in The Burren.
Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is an experience that shouldn’t be missed, so book a room in one of our many hotel’s around the country and enjoy everything Ireland has to offer.