Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2500km (1500 miles) driving route, stretching from the northern most point, Malin Head in County Donegal to the Southern most point in Kinsale County Cork, following the majestic western seaboard.
Untouched and virtually unexplored, this ruggedly beautiful and remote region lies at the far north of the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s no wonder Donegal was named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller.
Nature is spectacular and bracing here, from the sheer granite walls of some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs, at Sliabh Liag, to the Northern Lights dancing in clear winter skies, to the millions of seabirds gathering in great estuaries, en route across the globe. There’s a strong sense of community in this sparsely populated region; Ireland’s wildest shores are home to its largest Gaeltacht – where Irish is still the mother tongue and traditional culture thrives.
This is where St Columba set sail for the island of Iona. Out here on Ireland’s northernmost headlands, 11 lighthouses shine out across the sea, and journeys – physical and spiritual – begin. The sea air revives, minds and horizons expand, stories are told, adventures are shared, and spirits lift.
Embracing the Wild Atlantic Way
Here in the Northern Headlands find beach hideaways, deliciously fresh seafood, the cosiest pubs and a rich melting pot of language, music and culture seamlessly intertwined.
Northern Headlands Get to know the Northern Headlands
World-renowned for its traditional tweed and weaving, its roll call of musical luminaries such as Enya, Clannad and Altan, its love of the lyrical Irish language, its wave-thrashed shorelines adored by surf pros, not to mention an endless trail of beauty spots, County Donegal does a fine line in pretty enchanting experiences.
Even if you haven't cycled in years just go for it and hire a bike for the unmissable Donegal wild side, that includes the seas and skies. Your legs may ache but your heart will sing with the views and the wonderful people you will meet along the way.