The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way gets a major nod from Lonely Planet’s global travel experts as ‘the ultimate road trip’. Not only does it feature in the top 30 global experiences collated by this iconic travel bible, it’s also the highest new entry of any destination or experience on the list.
A journey along this magnificent coastal trail is a feast for the senses. Admire jaw dropping views as you turn sharp hairpin bends on winding roads, feel fresh air whip across your face and breathe in the salty scent of the sea. With 15 Signature Points and over 180 Discovery Points to choose from on the Wild Atlantic Way, plan your trip in advance to fit in as much as possible.
Travel to Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head in Donegal, where scenes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi were filmed, and watch daredevil surfers take on soaring swells at Mullaghmore in Sligo. Walk the golden sands of Mayo’s Keem Bay, marvel at the beautiful Beara Peninsula on a trip to Dursey Island in Ireland’s only cable car, and don’t miss the chance to see one of West Clare’s stunning sunsets at Loop Head.
Lonely Planet highlights a number of places along the Wild Atlantic Way on their list including the Ring of Kerry which is no surprise considering the mesmerising sea views, windswept beaches, and lofty mountains of this scenic drive. The characterful charm of Connemara’s traditional pubs and the towering sea cliffs of Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) also make the cut.
The ancient chambers of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth in Brú na Bóinne in Meath is one of the other places in Ireland that retains a spot on this year’s list. The Georgian grandeur of Dublin’s Trinity College also gets a mention – after all, this is where you’ll find Ireland’s richest cultural treasure, the Book of Kells.