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5 of the best weekend road trips on the Wild Atlantic Way
Go for a spin on the iconic driving route on the Connor Pass, County Kerry.
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In Ireland, we are fortunate to have some of the most magnificent landscapes on the planet. Take to the open road and drive the Wild Atlantic Way, a true bucket list trip packed with stretches of vast coastline, golden strands and majestic landscapes, check out the amazing views on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Check out these five amazing weekend road trips on the Wild Atlantic Way.

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1Beautiful Donegal

Take the road less-travelled from the tawny-coloured sands of Rossnowlagh to charismatic Kilcar and explore the delights of beautiful Donegal on a three day trip. Visit the bustling fishing town of Killybegs, it’s the perfect place to try a spot of angling.

Weave your way through the picturesque Glengesh Pass and on to Fintra Bay, see if you can spot the distinctive peak of Sligo’s Benbulben in the distance. Soak up the stunning scenery and appreciate the tranquil atmosphere.

Cliff view at Malin Head, County Donegal
Enjoy the scenic coastal views in Donegal.
2Scenic West Cork

Far-flung West Cork is an explorer’s paradise, drive along the epic coastline and bask in the beautiful views. Start your trip at the Old Head of Kinsale, stretch your legs on the looped walk and afterwards head for a bite to eat in Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland.

Stroll through the colourful streets of Clonakilty and step into the not so distant past at Cobh’s Lusitania Museum, there’s so much to see and do on in picturesque West Cork.

Crashing waves against the headland at Old Head of Kinsale, County Cork
Don't miss a visit to the Old Head of Kinsale.
3Visit Galway and Mayo

Breathe in the salty sea air as you travel the rugged coastline between Galway and Mayo. Take a boat trip to the Aran Islands, discover its ancient ruins and unspoiled scenery.

Next up, it’s the stunning Sky Road of Connemara, admire its towering mountain ranges and outstanding natural beauty. Stop off in picturesque Clifden for a coffee in one of the charming cafés before heading on to Westport, the towns and villages in this part of the country seem plucked from the pages of storybooks. 

Sky Road
4Stunning Kerry

Enchanting castles, beautiful beaches and dramatic cliffs, Kerry is a magical must-see on the Wild Atlantic Way. Bring the camera as you follow the mountain roads from Killorglin to Caherdaniel, capturing gorgeous gardens and impressive islands, the makings of a gorgeous Instagram feed.

Pay a visit to Kells Bay Garden on the way to Cahersiveen and drive the Skellig Ring for sensational views of the Skellig Islands. 

Blue skies and golden sands at Derrynane Beach, Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry
Stop off at beautiful Derrynane Beach in Caherdaniel.
5Check out Sligo and Mayo

Check out two of Ireland’s most photogenic counties with a road trip along the Sligo and Mayo coastline. Discover ancient secrets at the megalithic tombs in Carrowmore, Sligo and later, head to Downpatrick Head in Mayo and explore the stunning sea stacks, blowholes and Atlantic caves.

Book a wild food foraging tour, take a surf lesson, and catch one of Strandhill’s famous sunsets. From pretty Enniscrone to the buzzing heritage town of Ballina, plan this epic trip now.

Start planning your trip to the Wild Atlantic Way

Escape on an awe inspiring Wild Atlantic Way road trip with our detailed route map and visit all the amazing Discovery and Signature Points along the way.

With no shortage of spectacular scenery, delightful detours and snap-worthy sights, you’ll have an unforgettable adventure on a Wild Atlantic Way road trip. Start planning your trip today.

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