A road trip is the epitome of freedom. You’re completely free to decide where you want to go, where you want to stop and where you want to stay longer. The Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland is a wonderful route for your trip to the Emerald Isle. It’s an extraordinary road trip with plenty of day hikes. What you can't reach by car, you absolutely can on foot.
The Wild Atlantic Way takes you 2,600 kilometres (1616 mi) along the Atlantic coast from County Donegal in the far north of the island to County Cork in the south. In this Collection, we suggest beautiful day walks along this breathtaking route. Ireland’s many bays, islands and peninsulas make the coast particularly exciting. Rough cliffs with ocean waves, paradisiacal coves with sandy beaches and exciting mountain peaks all await you. You'll discover quaint fishing villages, green hills populated by sheep, and historical sights, some of which have seen thousands of years of history. Isolated and with only a few larger towns, the population here maintains its traditions and the Irish language.
Dublin is the easiest airport to reach from abroad but there are individual connections to the regional airports of Kerry, Shannon and Cork. You can find a current flight schedule at ireland.com/plan-your-trip/travel/getting-to-ireland. From Dublin, you can easily take the train to the starting point of your road trip. Once you're there, simply hire a car and set off to explore.
You can spend the night in cosy bed & breakfasts, hotels or campsites. At lunchtime, you can stop at a tea room or treat yourself to fresh local seafood at harbourside cafes. In the evening, you can enjoy yourself in the island's sociable pubs.
Best of all, the climate on the west coast is quite mild. That's why you can discover the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way all year round.
Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.
Between Westport Bay and Croagh Patrick, the summit of which is the destination of thousands of pilgrims and hikers every year, you can take this relaxing circuit, which gives you beautiful views over the mountains and the bay. It starts at the parking lot at the foot of Croagh Patrick, whose mighty figure is always watching over you on this hike.
Expansive views of the lush green landscape await you on this circular hike through the 12 O'Clock Hills in County Clare. The nature here is less harsh than in other parts of Ireland. Through an extensive forest you climb the main summit of the group of hills, the Knockanuarha. On the way you will pass ruins of stone houses and other historical sights.
A small coastal road takes you to a hiking and viewing car park directly on the Atlantic. As soon as you get off you will be amazed: The imposing cliffs are tossed by waves and far out on the sea you can see the Skellig Islands on the horizon. This is a very promising introduction to the circular hike on the Bolus Head.