Galway’s Wild Atlantic Way

Discover Ireland’s breath taking coastal route.

The Wild Atlantic Way is a total of 1600 miles (2600 km) in length and is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world. It stretches from the top of Ireland, down its west coast and finishes in the southern most county Cork.

Travellers that take this route will be greeted by stunning views of beaches, mountains, forests, and barren wilderness. Witness majesty of Irelands wild nature and power of the untamed Atlantic Ocean. Witness stunning country villages and historic national monuments. This is truly a life changing experience.

Roundstone

This picturesque fishing village is located far to the west of Galway City. This area is very popular with native Irish people as the village is renowned for its beautiful landscape and beaches. The village itself if full of interesting buildings and activities. There are many small shops that sell homemade jewellery and trinkets perfect for visitors looking for a unique item to bring home to a loved one. It also has a very busy local harbour where fishermen prepare and sell their catch of the day.

Dogs Bay

One of three beautiful beaches located near Roundstone this is the perfect place to walk or sit on gorgeous white sand.  The raised sand dunes which encapsulate the boarder of the crystal-clear water offer the perfect backdrop for a day trip. With the village so close there are cafes, restaurants and bars just around the corner. Many visitors have been lucky enough to swim with the family of dolphins that live near the bay.

Clifden

Considered the “Capital” of Connemara, this small hidden village has many historical sites and natural views to enjoy. For the best view of Cliften itself travel to the John D’Arcy monument which is located on a hillside above the village. Positioned neatly between the wild Derrigimlagh fields, the majestic roads of Twelve Bens and just a short drive from the Connemara national park this village is the perfect stopping place for day adventurers. Home to the famous scenic driving route, sky road.

Omey Island

Located approx.15km from Clifden. Omey is a tidal Island which means it’s only accessible on foot for 2 hours during low tide each day. This adds to the magic of this wonderful hidden gem. There is a 5.6km walk which outlines the island full of unforgettable scenery, old ruins dating back to the 19th century and undisturbed peace as currently the Island has no full-time residents.

Kinvara

Also known as the gateway to The Burren. This traditional quaint village offers the perfect stopover point for travellers on their way to The Burren or Cliffs of Moher. The Village has a 16th century tower house which hosts medieval style banquets annually, a thriving art and literature atmosphere as it is located close to Lady Gregory’s Coole park and a historic harbour full of traditional Irish fishing boats. There are many seasonal café’s and bars in the village for visitors looking for refreshments.

Fanore

This small seaside village has a long beach with sand dunes. During the summer months it is a popular swimming spot for locals however, as the beach is so long there is plenty of room for families to enjoy. Located near Kinvara the roads to the beach are small and winding but make for a memorable journey.

Spiddal

One of Irelands most famous Gaeltacht or Irish speaking areas. The village is comprised of a beach, harbour and small street with shops, restaurants and takeaways. A very popular location for visitors looking for a scenic jog or run along the waters edge. This is a highly recommended stop off point for day trippers on their way to Connemara.

Coral Beach

Located near Carraroe, a short drive from Spiddal. Coral Beach is actually made up of calcified seaweed. This gives the feel of fine gravel underfoot. It gives the beach a distinct look which is great for photographers. One of the best locations in the West of Ireland for snorkelling as there are many crabs and small fish to admire.

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