View MapView Map
HomeWild Atlantic WayExplore the Discovery Poi ...
Explore the Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way
The Dingle Peninsula in Kerry is a highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way
Wild Atlantic Way colour logo
The Wild Atlantic Way celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2024. Whether you've travelled along the 2,500km route before or are planning your first visit, you can look to the 180 Discovery Points to guide you on your journey, each marked with a distinctive Wild Atlantic Way signpost. Or get a taste of the very best views and historical sites with the 15 Signature Points along the route.

Set off on your next adventure filled with walks along far-flung headlands and visits to national wonders with this guide to the incredible spots along the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5.
  • 6.
  • 7.

Malin Head

Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head in Donegal is filled with wildlife, striking rock formations and an interesting history. Check out the watchtower at Banba’s Crown, named after the patron goddess of Ireland. Erected in 1805, the tower was built to keep lookout in case Napoleon tried to invade Ireland and it still holds the title of the country's most northerly structure. 

Malin Head, County Donegal
Take the first watch at Malin Head.

Fanad Head

Fanad Head makes for a great pitstop for those who can't stay away from a good beach. Take your shoes off on the beach at Ballymastocker Bay and enjoy a long walk on the sandy shores. After, make your way to the famous Fanad Lighthouse and get a tour to learn how lighthouse keepers once lived. 

Aerial view of Fanad Head Lighthouse, County Donegal
Follow in the footsteps of lighthouse keepers gone by at Fanad Lighthouse.

Sliabh Liag (Slieve League)

The highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe, Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) offers some of the best views of the Atlantic Ocean. Experience the rugged coastline from atop its sheer granite faces or admire the cliffs from below on a fun boat trip from Teelin for a totally different perspective. 

People on a boat tour of Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) in Donegal
See Sliabh Liag from a different angle.

Mullaghmore Head

For any experienced surfer looking for a challenge, Sligo has to be on the list of places to go. Bring your surfboard to Mullaghmore Head and test your skills against 50ft waves just off the coast. Or opt for a bit of peace by packing a beach towel, find a perfect spot on the sand and watch the adrenaline junkies do all the work. 

People on the beach at Mullaghmore Head in Sligo
Look out for brave surfers at Mullaghmore Head.

Downpatrick Head

Named after St Patrick, Downpatrick Head still shows remnants left behind by the saint himself. Walk along the 126ft cliffside and uncover the ruins of St Patrick's Church, which he founded back in the 5th century. 

People walking at Downpatrick Head in Mayo
Discover the history of Downpatrick Head.

Keem Bay

Tucked away on Ireland's largest island Acaill (Achill Island), Keem Bay is a great place to find a bit of peace and quiet on your travels. Admire the nearby cliffs of Benmore and Croaghaun Mountain, and discover the Deserted Village which was abandoned in the early 20th century. 

People on Keem Bay beach on Achill Island in Mayo
Enjoy the quiet on Keem Bay.

Killary Harbour

One of only three glacial fjords in Ireland, Killary Harbour not only creates a natural border between Galway and Mayo but is also known for its beautiful scenery. Set along the Connemara Loop, walk the 16km stretch and soak up views of Connacht's highest mountain, Mweelrea, as well as the Maumturk Mountains. 

A boat in the water at Killary Harbour, Galway
Complete the 16km walk along Killary Harbour.


The stark blanket bog of Derrigimlagh has an unusual claim to fame. The pioneering pilots Alcock and Brown crash-landed to safety here after completing the world’s first transatlantic flight in 1919. Navigate through the patchwork landscape of small lakes and peat bog to find another emblem of aeronautical history, the remains of the world's first permanent transatlantic radio station which was burned to the ground during the Irish War of Independence. 

Remains of the world's first permanent trans-Atlantic radio station in Derrigimlagh, Co Galway
Discover fragments of Irish history Derrigimlagh.

Cliffs Of Moher  

A destination that attracts people from all over the world, the towering Cliffs of Moher in Clare boasts uninterrupted views of the Atlantic. Head to O’Brien’s Tower and gaze out to sea towards the Árainn (Aran Islands) or, if the conditions are right, keep your eyes peeled for thrill-seeker surfers trying to conquer the powerful Aileen’s Wave at the base of the cliffs. 

People sitting on the Cliffs of Moher in Clare
Look out at the horizon from the Cliffs of Moher.

Loop Head  

Find panoramic cliff views, seaside villages and a lighthouse that’s served as a beacon for those at sea since 1670 on Loop Head Peninsula. Plan your trip during the summer months to see the vibrant purple heather that takes hold of the landscape and, of course, the Atlantic swell that crashes into the impressive cliffs.  

Loop Head Peninsula, County Clare
Stand on the edge of the world at Loop Head

Blasket Islands

Out on the very edge of Europe, off the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry, lie An Blascaod Mór (Blasket Islands). Just 2km from mainland, hop on a boat and learn about what life was like on the island, from the small Irish-speaking community who once lived there and their daily hardships to the last group of islanders who emigrated in 1953. Visit the Blasket Centre and immerse yourself in the island's culture through interactive exhibitions that bring the island's past into the present.  

People walking on the Blasket Islands in Kerry
Explore the cottages of past residents on the Blasket Islands.

Skellig Islands

Famous for their sacred pilgrimage site and their starring role in the Star Wars franchise, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Skellig Islands is made up of two sandstone rocks steeply rising out of the Atlantic Ocean. Just 11km off the Iveragh Peninsula, head to the shore on a clear day to admire them in the distance or check the timetables of local boat operators and set sail on a day-trip to get a closer look. 

Aerial view of the Skellig Islands in Kerry
Venture out for a closer look at the Skellig Islands.

Dursey Island

Off the Cork coast lies Dursey Island, the most westerly of the county’s inhabited islands and home to just three families. To visit the island, board Ireland’s only cable car service and travel across the beautiful Dursey Sound - you might even find yourself sharing the ride with farmers herding their sheep and cattle.

A cable car in operation on Dursey Island in County Cork.
Travel by cable car to Dursey Island.

Mizen Head

The craggy clifftop of Mizen Head is an ideal place to begin your journey north along the Wild Atlantic Way. Catch sight of the imposing Fastnet Lighthouse, perched on a rock known as ‘Ireland’s Teardrop’. For many emigrants during the Great Famine, this was the last part of Ireland they saw as they sailed away to America. 

Fastnet Lighthouse in County Cork
Spot Fastnet Lighthouse from Mizen Head.

Old Head of Kinsale

Jutting more than 3km out in the Atlantic, the scenic Old Head of Kinsale is marked by a 17th century lighthouse at its point. Head to the nearby village of Kinsale and browse the colourful streets and incredible restaurants. Or, if you fancy a round of golf, tee off at Old Head Golf Links.

Aerial view of Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links and a lighthouse in County Cork
Enjoy views of Old Head of Kinsale while playing a round of golf.
Start planning your trip to the Wild Atlantic Way

Get excited for your trip on the route by discovering even more great locations along the Wild Atlantic Way

More to discover
Mail Icon SVG

Subscribe now to receive destination inspiration, travel tips, upcoming events and all the best things to do around Ireland.