Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in stunning surrounds, or fancy an exhilarating outdoor adventure, the Northern Headlands of Donegal have it all. With breathtaking scenery, golden beaches, rugged islands and a beautiful array of wildlife, this northern - almost untouched - stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way is an absolute essential, any time of year. It’s no wonder Donegal was named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller
Linger at the waterside pubs & restaurants, relax as if there was no tomorrow. Enjoy the gentle humour of the people, the companionship. Hear the splash of a trout; the song of the thrush or savour the sound of silence….
In Carrick on Shannon, the county town, visit the Costello chapel , one of the smallest in Europe. In North Leitrim visit Glencar waterfall which inspired Yeats or Parkes Castle near Dromahair the home of the Parkes family in the 17th century.
Mayo really is the Ireland of your imagination, come and discover this beautiful and inspiring region. It’s hard not to fall in love with Mayo, here you will have brilliant moments and make memories that lasts a lifetime. Expect the unexpected and your experiences will make your break truly exciting. Come and discover our wild unspoiled nature and get in touch with our rich heritage and history. Mayo is a hidden treasure!
Sligo, capital of the Northwest region, is one of Ireland’s largest towns. Sligo offers a unique destination with the dramatic backdrop of Benbulben, glimmering beaches, rolling green hills, and magical woodlands, with unsurpassed leisure activities and state-of-the-art business facilities, few places can compete as a destination for leisure or business.
Galway, known as the City of the Tribes, is an important tourist centre and a gateway to the scenic areas of the county. Beginning in the 15th century, Galway was ruled by the leading fourteen merchant families, which were known as "tribes". The names of these mostly Anglo-Norman families were Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D'arcy, Deane, Font, ffrench, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris, and Skerritt. Only two of the families were Celts.
Clare people are very friendly and welcoming to visitors. The county is quite commercialized with regard to tourists and there are numerous activities within its borders to cater for all tastes. A visitor could easily spend two weeks in the county without feeling that they have run out of things to do or see. Because Shannon Airport, the second airport of Ireland and the first stopover for transatlantic flights, is situated in the county, Clare gets many tourists and sometimes this means places can be crowded.
There is plenty for families and children of all ages to see and do in Limerick whatever the weather or location. From tiny tots to teens, there are activities to suit everyone!
You may have heard of Kerry. Since Queen Victoria visited Killarney over 150 years ago, its mountains, lakes and coasts have been the picture-postcard image of Ireland overseas. And while visitors may argue about their favorite towns, everyone genuflects to the perfection that is the Kerry landscape.
Cork is the anglicised version of the Irish word Corcaigh, which means marsh. The city centre was originally built on marshland and boats were able to navigate into the channels which separated the many islands. Many of the wider streets, such as St Patrick's Street, the South Mall and the Grand Parade, are actually built on former river channels. St Patrick's Street is Cork's commercial hub, and is known colloquially as either "Patrick Street" or "Pana".
With soaring cliffs, untouched crags and an untamed spirit, Donegal’s Northern Headlands are a marvel. The Wild Atlantic Way’s most remote region, its terrain is peppered - between Malin Head and Donegal Town - with megalithic sites, glaciated valleys, buzzing Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) communities, and that northern sense of enduring wild wonder.
The jagged edges of counties Clare, Galway and Kerry make up the jaw-dropping Cliff Coast. Here, where the land falls away to the waves, the Wild Atlantic Way really begins to work its magic, and from Galway to Ballybunion you’ll discover a region defined by its love of creativity, community, and colossal natural wonders that will keep you coming back.
From remote islands and jagged strands to miles of open road, the Surf Coast of Sligo and Mayo is easily one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most picturesque stretches. From Donegal Town to the adventure hub of Erris, its diverse offerings please both the solitude seeker and the thrill lover alike against a backdrop of rich history and mystifying legends.
The Southern Peninsulas sees the jagged arms of south Kerry wrap into West Cork’s lush woodland, providing the perfect setting for fresh-air pursuits such as hiking, coasteering and sea kayaking. This delightful region’s long and rich history has given rise to an engaging culture and a one-of-a-kind character that keeps visitors coming back time and again.
Where the wild fringes of Mayo give way to Galway’s feel-good shores, you’ll find the Bay Coast. Connecting Erris’ pristine shores with heart-stopping Galway Bay is a coastal stretch strewn with rural villages, beaches, coves and islands, and more artists, musicians and storytellers enjoying this fresh air playground than you can shake a stick at.
World-class cuisine, ancient tombs, and serene shores for days... it has to be County Cork’s Haven Coast. Where else but the Wild Atlantic Way’s most southerly coastline would you find sumptuous cuisine, thrilling wildlife, dreamlike landscapes and fun-loving locals all in one inspiring, relaxed place? From Baltimore to Kinsale, it’s the perfect place to unwind.