The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland covers some of the best spots to visit, and is perfect for all types of travellers.
Whether you’re a couple, solo adventurer, hiker or with a family, there’s activities to suit everyone.
Stretching 2500km from Donegal to west Cork, landscapes along this route are some of the best you’ll ever see.
From the highest sea cliffs in Europe, there’s the chance to see the Northern lights in winter or take a boat to one of many islands.
Bere Island Heritage Bus Tour
Find out more about Ireland’s maritime history and military stories on Bere Island. It’s just off the coastline of the Beara Peninsula with views overlooking Bantry Bay. Here you’ll see the island’s Martello towers and gun battery.
The heritage centre will provide more information about island customs and the ring forts. Please note, the Bere Island Heritage Bus Tour runs every Thursday throughout the summer, and alternates between the east and west ends of the island.
Sheep’s Head Way
Recognised as a European Destination of Excellence, the Sheep’s Head Way is one attraction you don’t want to miss.
Encompassing the coastline of the Sheep’s Head peninsula, you’ll learn more about the landscape’s history. What’s more, this walk guarantees picturesque views across west Cork and the island.
Dingle Dolphin Boat Tours
A family-friendly tour that anyone will enjoy, grab the chance to see Fungie, the resident Bottlenose dolphin who frequents Dingle Harbour.
Boats leave Dingle Pier at regular times throughout the day and all year round too. The trip lasts around 1 hour, and you get the chance to see Fungie in his own happy habitat!
Cape Clear Island
For an island escape sure to provide some solitude and reflection, head to Cape Clear Island — Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island. Admire megalithic standing stones, a 14th century castle and 5,000-year old passage grave.
Don’t forget your camera, as you’ll also have the opportunity to see whales, leather-back turtles and dolphins too.
Kayaking in the moonlight
If the thought of kayaking in the Atlantic Sea appeals, this one’s for you. The moonlight paddle begins 1 hour before the darkness sets in, giving enough time to be comfortable in your kayak.
The moonlight kayak takes place in Castlehaven or Lough Hyne — 2 destinations that are perfect for beginners and more experienced kayakers. Expect plenty of silhouettes of the birds on the bank, and a canopy of stars above you.
Seven Heads Walk
A lengthy walk to say the least, the Seven Heads Walk is approximately 42.5km in distance and takes you around many peninsulas of west Cork.
Take in the beautiful rugged coastline, dramatic scenery and sandy beaches. Depending on the weather, you may find that you even have a stretch of beach to yourself. The Seven Heads Walk gives you so many options to really get the most out of time in west Cork.
From historic town walks to heritage walks, the steps on your pedometer will be working overtime!