Ireland’s Wid Atlantic Way’s North to South: Stunning Rugged Coast

From Donegal to the Cliffs of Moher– Wild Atlantic Way Donegal Route

The Wild Atlantic Way is a unique trail of roadways running along Ireland’s West coast starting up in the most northern part of the country, in the rugged County of Donegal 2024 marks the “WAW’s” 10th Anniversary! The Wild Atlantic Way often hugs the rugged and beautiful coastline, as well as other small towns, stretching 1,533 miles down primarily the West Coast of the country, wrapping its way to Kinsale, in the County of Cork. But there are many wonderful sections to this wonderful journey and this one in the more northern and western part of Ireland starting in the gem, Donegal.

On this trip, we concentrated more on the more hidden gems in the northern part of “WAW” and then progressed down from Donegal to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher before heading back to Dublin, where we first started. And I must say it was a marvelous journey. What I found was that these quieter gems had not only wonderful history, but many of the locals had lived in these areas for many years and it was much the same as it was years ago. They are much less visited than some of the more southern parts like Killarney, Ring of Kerry, etc., or the much larger Cork or majestic Dublin, but they have a wonderful history.

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How to road trip the Wild Atlantic Way?

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One great way to see this part of Ireland was by taking a camper van; we went with Cookie’s Campers www.cookiescampers.com ) in Dublin. The new VW Van had a pop tent on the roof, had room for 4 to sleep along with a stove for cooking, bedding, etc., and was a great way to explore the area. Our first stop was the most northern tip of Donegal, called Malin Head. It was easy to pick up the camper van and a great size as well. Check out my van tour below.

Also, you are going to want to stay connected at all times. I used Airalo in order to have data to stay connected on Google maps, have access to make calls, and book experiences on the go. Airalo is an eSim company I have grown to love and use around the world.

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Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Must Visit Places

Malin Head www.malinheadcommunity.ie

Malin Head is a cute town with many farms in the area with a slew of sheep! The most northern point Malin Head also has “the most northern pub”; we had a drink there at Farren’s Bar, which has been in the family for six generations dating back to 1825!  While it was a windy and rainy night with massive waves along the coast, we met several local folk who grew up in this area. It was great to hear their recommendations on what to see and how it was growing up in this area.

The next morning, despite the blustery weather we waited until sun up to see the very tip of the peninsula where we saw the famous marker on the coast that points out that this is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Also dotting the coast, including Malin Head, are Signature Discovery Points, a pole that says what point you are on the WAW. It’s a great spot to grab a picture of your journey.  

See remnants of WW1 and 2

Eire sign at Malin Head a remnant of the world wars in Ireland.

At Malin’s Head, you will see a historic Station/Tower. Many are historic and date back at least to the World War. There were German U Boats that would patrol near Ireland’s coast. The stations are markers that American planes would use to indicate Ireland as a neutral territory. The word Eire means Ireland and was large enough to be seen from planes passing by. Many remain in place and date back well before the war.

After visiting the Head to see the beautiful ocean and wonderful landscape, we headed to the town “Diamond”, or square. In the western area of Ireland, I found that many called it a Diamond vs. a square. These old “Diamonds” are where the towns had their local markets or came to sell their sheep or other animals.

There was no market that day, but It did have a Centra convenience store to grab a coffee, breakfast sandwich, etc, and later we stopped at a cute food truck cafe called www.CaffeBanba.com and we had wonderful lattes as well as sweets (I loved the carrot cake). I found scones in Ireland to be so much softer and enjoyable, some say it is the type of milk they may use or butter. Whatever it was, it was great to have scones! While at the cafe, it was also nice speaking with a few more locals who had walked there for coffee while taking in the lovely scenery of the water across the street from the cafe since the sun was so wonderfully bright today.

Glenveagh Castle and Glenveagh National Park

We were then off to see the heart of Donegal and the wonderful Glenveagh National Park www.nationalparks.ie in Letterkenny. Glenveagh is the 2nd largest national park in Ireland and home to Glenveagh Castle. It was wonderful to take a tour of the Castle and see the decor in the property’s heyday. Also, it was nice to stroll around the castle’s garden, before visiting the very nice cafe where we enjoyed some tea and coffee, while little birds from the garden flew in and out of the cafe.

The national park also has a beautiful lake called Lough Veagh with the Derryveagh Mountains in the distance. While at the park, you can walk out to the castle or take a shuttle bus. Since we wanted to see so much we took the shuttle.  While in Letterkenny, we did stop at Mac’s Deli www.macsdeli.ie to have some sandwiches. It was a quaint deli with many locals eating there that day.

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What not to miss when you visit County Donegal in Ireland? Glenveagh National Park. This is a beautiful castle located on a lake that once was a hunting lodge and home. It is a beautiful estate and a quick visit is worth any trip to Donegal. #donegalireland #irelandroadtrip #vanlifeireland #wildatlanticway #loveireland

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Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League cliffs in County Donegal Ireland along the wild Atlantic way.

On the southwest coast of Donegal, there is a massive, stunning cliffs area called Slieve League (or Sliabh Liag, meaning “mountain of stone pillars” in Irish) www.slieveleague.com Well this hidden gem is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. As I mentioned a storm front passed and created massive winds. To get to the viewing area, you must go up some windy road to the main viewing area. On the way we stopped in one viewing area, where some were trying to figure out about going any higher with the wind, but then we saw a rainbow and decided it was worth going a bit further. Given the beautiful coast and views with the sun shining through at times, giving a peek of what was to come, we started driving a bit further.

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Slieve League Viewing Platform

There is a new visitors center, but it closes at 5 pm so we ended up driving on our own to the parking lot. My mom was a bit concerned with the wind and not a fan of heights so she wanted to remain in the parking area, but the local women watching the site, drove me to the top of what I believe is Pilgrim’s Path to the summit given fear of the wind knocking me down.

What an adventure with the windy weather and windy road to the summit, but so worth it. Up there is a viewing platform where you get views of the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay, and Donegal Mountains.  These are the highest sea cliffs on the west coast of Ireland reaching 601 meters/19971 Feet and are almost 3 times higher than the Cliffs of Moher. The woman was so proud of her home county of Donegal and the cliffs she helped me to reach the top. Don’t miss the epic views and my tip is to come for sunset.  

If you don’t want to go alone check out this Viator tour that brings you to the highlights of Donegal including Slieve League Cliffs from Donegal Town.

Bundoran Surf Capital of Ireland

Tullan Strand Sligo Wild Atlantic Way Sign infront of overlook of the beach on a sunny day in Ireland.
Tullan Strand Wild Atlantic Way Stop

Before we leave County Donegal, we must see the famous surfer’s beach and seaside resort of Bundoran www.discoverbundoran.comSeeing the main street along the shore makes it reminiscent of a walk on the boardwalk like in Daytona, with its souvenir shops, games, etc. We stopped for a latte and croissant with jam in the morning at Buoys & Gulls www.buoysandgulls.ie a waterside cafe that sells coffees, lattes, breakfast sandwiches, etc. It was early and we got to meet a local girl and an Irish surfer. 

Although it was a bit cool outside, we did see several surfers in wetsuits that were outside. The waves are huge and a storm was causing some epic swells. It was a great sight to walk along the shoreline and experience the wild part of the Wild Atlantic Way. In 2012, National Geographic listed Bundoran as one of the great surf spots in the world. I can see why they did! The Donegal area has been on my bucket list for some time, and now that I am leaving I know I hope to come back one day! Another thing to see here before leaving is the fairy bridges located near Tullan Strand. The beauty of the coastal walk is something not to be missed if you have time.

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County Sligo Wild Atlantic Way Things To Do

After leaving Donegal, it was time to head south to Sligo. While in County Sligo, you may want to stop at Enniscrone Beach. Although no beach weather while we were there, it is a white sandy “Blue Flag” beach that is certified to meet certain environmental practices. Many here swim and surf and it’s very popular, especially in the summer months, and they reportedly have amazing sunsets. As you go through Sligo you will hear and see more of the poet W.B. Yeats spent his summers as a kid in Connaught in Sligo. There is even a Yeat’s Trail that highlights 14 locations that he often wrote about in his poems. 

One thing I did not plan on visiting was the beautiful Mullaghmore Peninsula where you can get an epic view of Classiebawn Castle with Benbulben Mountain in the distance. There is a beautiful loop road that makes this a great stop along the Wild Atlantic Way. If you are here in the summer definitely check out the rock pools here on the ocean. It’s an impressive sight, even from a distance, of this private residence. 

On the gate, you will see a blue crown emblem since this was at one time the holiday home of Louis Mountbatten a member of the Royal Family and Prince Charle’s (now King Charles) great uncle who was the last Viceroy of India. On one of his holidays here, his family was boating off the coast and several died from the explosion on the boat, including Mountbatten, who was assassinated in 1979. After that, it was leased and then bought by a private owner. But it is impressive sitting way up on a hill. 

Sligo Town

While in Sligo, we were able to ride around this town that had many great stores and restaurants, and stopped to have some lunch at Miss Suzy’s a Korean / Japanese restaurant www.misssuzy.ie where we had some great bento boxes. It was awesome! It’s in the middle of town so you can’t miss it. While in Sligo you can see the remains of the 13th century Sligo Abbey with its early Gothic architecture and carvings. 

The Abbey was started by a Dominican friar. After walking around a bit, we headed out again. One amazing sight you may see driving through County Sligo is the Benbulben Mountain, this flat-topped mountain looks so impressive. There are hikes to go there and it was also an inspiration for the poet Yates. While we wanted to see more, we had to head a bit more south since there was so much more to see and do.

County Leitrim

While we drove south, we saw a sign that brought us more inland to County Leitrim www.leitrimtourism.com There was a sign that mentioned waterfalls and the Yeats Trail (for those that love waterfalls and his writings). As we drove we saw Glencar Waterfall, in actuality, there were several waterfalls including the tallest fall in Ireland called Devil’s Chimney. During some seasons the rivers may only trickle, but given the recent rain, the waterfalls were beautiful. Glencar Waterfall is across from Glencar Lough (Lake), what an enchanting place. 

The Leitrim area is dominated by tall mountains and deep valleys. The falls inspired Yeats to write one of his most famous poems called The Stolen Child. After we walked to the falls, the teaSHED (@teashed.glencar) was a great stop to have some tea and delicious scones while looking out to the lake and mountains beyond. The teaShed is also located right next to Glencar Falls which is a short and easy walk from the car park. It is a relaxing and peaceful stop just off of the Wild Atlantic Way. It was interesting to know that this county had the most land, but the fewest people, perhaps why it’s so peaceful.

County Mayo / North Mayo Wild Atlantic Way Stops

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way in 7 Days is hard to complete, which is why you should do the Wild Atlantic Way North to South for hidden gems. Downpatrick head a wild Atlantic way discover point.
Downpatrick Head CO. Mayo- A Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point

Downpatrick Head and the Dun Briste (means “Broken Fort”) www.dunbriste.com has an interesting past and is less than 5 miles from the town of Ballycastle on the WAW. Downpatrick Head was named by St. Patrick himself where he once established a church. While no longer a church, in the past many made pilgrimages to this spot. At one time there was a land bridge that connected Dun Briste, a lone sea-stack of stone, to the mainland. The story is that this is where St. Patrick made the “serpents”  (or that is the pagans) leave Ireland. There was a pagan chieftain who refused to convert to Catholicism, so St. Patrick struck the ground with his pastoral staff, or crozier as some say, and the land bridge fell into the ocean with the chieftain on top.

We drove out to the coast here to see the pathway to this viewing spot, but the day we visited there were some of the most massive waves and some of the strongest winds I have ever felt due to the recent storm passing the area. While I didn’t walk to the edge, one of the famous Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Points is marked at the parking area.

Ceide Glamping- Best Glamping On The Wild Atlantic Way

After leaving this amazing place we decided to stop to stay overnight at Ceide Glamping www.ceideglamping.com which overlooked the ocean with a view of Downpatrick Head and Dun Briste, with the massive waves crashing against the rocky cliffs in the distance. This glamping experience was so awesome, to be so close to the sea, while having the comfort of home with a separate bedroom with ensuite bathroom, cooking area, etc. We bought eggs to make breakfast the next morning, to rest a bit, while rising at sunrise— looking at this impressive place. What a marvelous place to park the van and get a shower, while waking to the ocean breeze. Wish we could have stayed a bit longer, but the WAW was calling.

Ceide Fields

Ceidi fields the oldest and largest neolithic site in Ireland.

After our night of glamping, we stopped at nearby Ceide Fields Neolithic Site and Visitor Centre www.ceidefields.com which is a unique archeological site that explores the farming landscape that was created some 5,500 years ago. It is only 4+ miles from Ballycastle. The visitor center is wonderful to learn more about this well-preserved site just off the coast. You can then walk along some pathways, some are raised, to see what is the largest/oldest unearthed field system. It was discovered by a schoolteacher named Patrick Caufield in 1930 while he was cutting turf, or peat, which was used to heat homes back then. It was amazing that the bogs helped protect these rock fences, etc. for so many centuries. 

While talking with the guide at the center, we did meet Mr. Caufield’s grandson, Declan Caufield, who was working at the center. It was great to meet some of the founding family while we had a latte in the cafe at the center. Lastly, it was wonderful to explore this ancient neolithic find since so much of Ireland’s countryside is dotted with rock fences to keep the sheep/cattle safe. 

Things to do in North Mayo

As we drove south in North County Mayo www.northmay.ie we went inland toward its largest town Ballina www.ballina.ie on the River Moy (well known for salmon fishing) and had a wonderful latte at Belleek Castle www.belleckcastle.com that is now a hotel/museum that is such an impressive sight has you go up its drive. This historic castle was built between 1825 and 1831 by Sir Arthur Francis Knox-Gore. It was interesting to have a drink while talking with the people who were related to the owners of this lovely castle that covers over 1,000 woodland acres.

They do have weddings, special events, etc. and the day we were visiting it had such an event taking place, so our viewing was a bit limited, but you could see considerable impressive decor. It’s a lovely part of County North Mayo. Another interesting fact is that President Biden has visited Ballina since his great, great, great grandfather lived here before immigrating to the United States.  

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How to stay in a castle in Ireland in County Mayo- welcome to Belleek Castle an 18th century castle turned wedding venue, hotel, and restaurant. But this hotel is unique and has a museum of the families artifacts such as fossils, remnants of the spanish armada and more. Check out my new blog post on things to do along @Tourism Ireland Wild Atlantic Way. #wildatlanticway #irelandroadtrip #northcountymayo #mayocounty #ballinaireland #belleekcastle #uniquestays #castles #castlehotel

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Westport, Ireland (filming location for Irish Wish)

Next, we were off to Westport. Westport www.westporttourism.com is a delightful town to visit with its quaint and fashionable historic town center. It is designated as a heritage town and was one of the first planned towns in Ireland, with Georgian architecture and tree-lined streets. The Carrowbeg River was incorporated into the town’s layout with its stone bridges. For those who like fishing, the river is known for its abundance of indigenous brown trout. We had such fun shopping in this town with its lovely cafes and restaurants. We then decided to have a tasty meal at Kasha’s Deja Brew Cafe. I loved the lovely sandwich/salad combo, with the Irish cheddar melted on top of the sandwich. How we wish we had more time to explore this lovely place, but the Wild Atlantic Way was calling our name. Westport is a must-see.

Wild Atlantic Way County Clare

Driving south, just north of County Clare and east of Galway is an unusual place called The Burrens. The Burrens is a national park and this place has a different feel. Burren in Gaelic is “Boireann” which means “rocky place”. At first, it looks like a fairly flat rocky area, but in reality, it is an important area internationally for those with interests in ecology, geology, botany, agriculture, and archeology. At first, it may appear a bit boring, but as I learned of all the plants and value this place possesses I found it more interesting.

We stopped at The Burren National Park www.nationalparks.ie which provided more information on one of Ireland’s six National Parks and this area. There are so many fragrances developed from the various plants that grow in the Burren. The Burren Visitor Center at the National Park has ideas for hikes throughout the park and there are restrooms, a lovely cafe, and souvenirs from lovely scarves to paintings made in the area. Plus, this park is free and we enjoyed it as a stop on the way to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher.

Galway and County Galway

Galway County www.galway.ie has over 428 miles on the coastline on the WAW and Galway City www.galwaycity.ie has always been one of my favorites in Ireland, as I have been here before having lived in Ireland a few years ago. But before we visit the town of Galway we must stop at the enchanting Kylemore Abbey www.kylemoreabbey.com in Connemara within the county. This abbey is in the heart of Connemara on the great Wild Atlantic Way. If you are only able to see if via a day trip from Galway it is worth it. I went a few years back and enjoyed Connemara in this way. Check out this tour by Viator here.

Visiting Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore abbey Ireland
Kylemore Abbey

 It is a very popular tourist attraction to visit since it has been the home of the Benedictine Nuns for over 100 years and once was a castle, with amazing walled gardens, a Neo-Gothic church, etc. You can eat here and also have tours through the property, or hike through its extensive woods. It is quite stunning as you approach, with a view over the water. It was lovely to see although we ran out of time to see the Walled Victorian Garden, but we will leave that for our next visit. For now, we must get to the town of Galway. If you don’t have a car you can take this tour of Kylemore Abbey from Galway and have 3 hours to visit the abbey and gardens.

What can I say, Galway is so colorful, musical, and lively, and let’s not forget a foodie heaven. Many pubs have local performers that play music, especially in the historic area. This is truly a great town to explore. It is known as the most festive town in Ireland with so many local festivals. We had a great dinner at The Dáil Bar, I ordered the delicious beef stew and mashed potatoes for an Irish classic. It was so good to hear the musicians play at The Quays Bar. The vibes were on point with dancing as well as a general great atmosphere of friendly pub goers.

Things to see in Galway

The next morning we did a little more sightseeing including our visit to St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church www.stnicholas.ie originally built in 1320. Reportedly Christopher Columbus visited this church in 1477.  It is in the center of the old town and you can take a tour if you love history. But before we could leave town we had to have fish and chips at the famous McDonagh’s on Quay Street www.mcdonaghs.net This place is so affordable too, with many items sold a-la-carte. (Last time we were in town we had fish and chips at Hooked www.hookedgalway.ie  but they were closed the day we visited, but I would highly recommend it, although it is a bit off the main tourist area.)  But if you are a true foodie, perhaps take Galway Food Tours book it here!

Explore the historic streets of Galway

We walked around a little more to see the Spanish Arch from part of the original walled city, Blake’s Castle a medieval townhouse on Quay Street built in 1470, and other historical spots, but we couldn’t wait to drive to the Cliffs of Moher that was to be our final stop on the WAW this trip.

We stopped for lattes at Coffeewerk + Press on Quay Street www.coffeewerkandpress.com to get a little caffeine. It’s awesome. On the 2nd floor of the coffee shop, there is a place to drink coffee, see books and artwork for sale, and a gallery on the 3rd floor. Notably, you will see some of the artists’ pics on the actual coffee bags. As we walked back to our marvelous van, we went down Druid Lane, with another historical site, the Druid Theatre, as well as another great cafe with internet. As we left it reminded me of my past trip here and hope again to return to Galway, it’s quite a friendly place.

County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher

Our last stop on this trip is the mighty Cliffs of Moher www.cliffsofmoher.ie with its 700+ foot majestic cliffs that drop down steeply to the ocean below. I must say I have been to this wonder of the world before, but it was good to explore again. The weather was a bit hazy, but it did not matter, the slight mist was welcome and I will likely return one day. We climbed some of the steps to take some pics, then we went into the visitor center to learn more about the area and visit their cafe, where we once again had our favorite, lattes and a scone! Our time for this trip was running out and we had to return to Dublin to return the awesome Cookies Camper. It served us well and allowed us to travel on some wonderful mini-adventures along the way. 

Now I need to come back to do the rest from County Clare to County Cork 

In the end, I highly recommend this Wild Atlantic Way adventure to you all. There was so much we saw and so much more to see. It’s great to see that the WAW is in its 10th year and growing. The journey is truly ruggedly relaxing, but so memorable seeing such beauty of the green coast. We met so many wonderful Irish folk along the trail and many liked to share a story or favorite part of their town on the trail.

 In the end, our last night was spent at the Clayton Hotel at the airport, since it allowed us more time to stay out exploring more castles, but have a great buffet breakfast and catch our plane back to the States early the next morning. We didn’t want to miss a thing on this marvelous country’s WAW trail; there are so many wonderful places to explore and so much more to see next time.

PS: Ireland’s Castles, Castles and More Castles

One of the most interesting things besides the wonderful people of Ireland and the many sheep, are the amount of castles in different shapes and sizes, some lived in and some are marvelous ruins. It’s like every main city or historic county has its castles. We stopped many times as we journeyed back to Dublin, but it was marvelous to learn more about the past leaders of this great country. What we learned is that there are over 30,000 castles on the Emerald Isle (vs 3,000+ castles in the UK).

F.A.Q.

What does the wild Atlantic way sign look like?

The Wild Atlantic Way sign will point you in the right direction and make you sure you are on the actual Wild Atlantic Way. Wild Atlantic Signage is definitely good to know because you may lose signal and it can help you stay on track.

Where to find campsites on the Wild Atlantic Way?

Finding campsites along the Wild Atlantic Way can be an adventure in itself! Here are a few ways you can locate campsites along this scenic route:

  1. Official Wild Atlantic Way Website: Check the official website of the Wild Atlantic Way. They often have a section dedicated to accommodations, including campsites, along the route. You can search for campsites based on your preferred location along the way.
  2. Camping Directories: Look for camping directories or websites that specialize in listing campsites. Websites like Pitchup.com, CampingIreland.ie, or Campsited.com can be helpful. They often allow you to filter campsites by location, amenities, and user reviews.
  3. Mobile Apps: There are several mobile apps available that can help you find campsites along the Wild Atlantic Way. Apps like Park4Night, often have user-generated content, including reviews and ratings, which can be very useful in finding the right campsite for you.
  4. Tourist Information Centers: When you’re in the area, stop by local tourist information centers. They usually have comprehensive lists of nearby campsites and can provide you with maps and additional information about the area.
  5. Local Knowledge: Don’t underestimate the power of local knowledge! Talk to locals along the route, especially in smaller towns and villages. They can often recommend hidden gems or lesser-known campsites that might not be listed online.
  6. Social Media and Forums: Join online forums or social media groups dedicated to camping or traveling along the Wild Atlantic Way. Fellow travelers can provide valuable insights and recommendations based on their own experiences.

Remember to plan ahead, especially during peak travel seasons, as campsites along popular routes can fill up quickly. Additionally, make sure to check the amenities offered at each campsite to ensure they meet your needs. Happy camping!

What are Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points?

The Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points are specific locations along the Wild Atlantic Way route that have been designated as particularly scenic, culturally significant, or historically important. These points serve as highlights along the route, offering travelers opportunities to stop, explore, and appreciate the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the west coast of Ireland.

There are over 160 designated Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way, each offering its own unique attractions and experiences. These points can include viewpoints, historic sites, beaches, cliffs, islands, coastal villages, and more. Some of the most well-known Discovery Points include the Cliffs of Moher, Slea Head Drive, Mizen Head, and Malin Head.The Discovery Points are intended to encourage travelers to slow down and immerse themselves in the beauty and diversity of the Atlantic coastline, allowing them to discover hidden gems and lesser-known attractions along the way. They are often marked with signage and offer parking areas or amenities to make them easily accessible to visitors.

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Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way in 7 Days is hard to complete, which is why you should do the Wild Atlantic Way North to South for hidden gems.

Here are some helpful links to help plan your Wild Atlantic Way Road Trip

www.thewildatlanticway.com

www.ireland.com

www.discoverireland.ie

www.discoverdonegal.ie

www.sligo.ie

www.sligococo.ie

www.choosesligo.com

www.galwaytourism.ie

www.mayo.ie

www.northmayo.ie

www.mayonorth.ie

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April 22, 2024

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