Wild Atlantic Way Tours

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Wild Atlantic Way
Zigzagging along Ireland’s west coast, the 2,175-mile (3,500-kilometer) Wild Atlantic Way driving route shows off some of the country’s most thrilling coastal scenery. From the wave-battered sea cliffs of Slieve League and Moher to edge-of-the-world archipelagos such as the Skelligs and the Aran Islands, this route is a visual feast.
 
The Basics
With so much to see along the Wild Atlantic Way, most travelers only manage to explore a portion of the route on any one trip. Travelers based in Dublin can take day trips to explore highlights of the route, such as the Cliffs of Moher and Galway City.
 
Visitors based in west Ireland cities such as Galway can choose between a wider range of Wild Atlantic Way tours, from boat trips and short kayaking, walking, and horse-riding excursions to full-day trips to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Some multi-day tours focus exclusively on the Wild Atlantic Way and the west of Ireland, while others continue onward to explore Northern Ireland, too.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Wild Atlantic Way is a must for active travelers and outdoors lovers.
  • Stretches of the Wild Atlantic Way are rural; keep an eye out for sheep and other animals who may wander out onto the road.
  • Should you encounter slow-moving farm machinery on the roads, reduce your speed immediately.
 
How to Get There
There are lots of entry points to the Wild Atlantic Way. Dublin Airport is about three hours’ drive from Donegal, Galway City, and Cork City, three of the biggest urban hubs along the route. Cork Airport is just 20 minutes’ drive from Cork City, while Shannon Airport is about 70 minutes from Galway City, though flight options at some airports are limited.
 
When to Get There
The best time to explore the Wild Atlantic Way is in summer, when the weather is better suited to outdoor activities, and daylight lasts until as late as 10pm. In winter, country roads can be poorly lit, and ice and snow in mountainous areas can make driving treacherous.
 
Where to Stop Along the Wild Atlantic Way
To savor spectacular coastal scenery, stop at Mizen Head in County Cork or Malin Head in County Donegal. For insight into Irish culture, visit Doolin, a small town in County Clare with a lively traditional Irish music scene, or Galway, which is known for its artistic community. Many of the islands along the route, including the Aran Islands, Blaskets, and Skelligs, showcase Ireland at its most rugged and remote.
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Shore Excursion: Cliffs of Moher Day Tour Along the Wild Atlantic Way from Galway

Make your way to the Cliffs of Moher while traveling along the Wild Atlantic Way from Galway during this tour that provides round-trip transport for a stress-free day. En route, pass by medieval ruins, 16th-century castles, and the village of Doolin. Once you arrive at the cliffs, spend about five hours exploring. You can also take a look at the visitor’s center, too.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Marvel at the magnitude of the Cliffs of Moher on this unforgettable 1-hour cruise from Doolin. Soak up the scenery of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way from a unique angle, as you sail beneath the mighty 700-foot (213 meter) high sea cliffs. Along the way, glide past the 'An Branaunmore' sea stack, spot the cliff-top O'Brien's Tower and look out for Puffins, Razorbills, and Guillemots swooping along the cliffs.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Shore Excursion: Full-day Connemara and Wild Atlantic Way Tour from Galway

Explore the natural wonders and historic monuments of Connemara on this full-day tour from Galway. Visit the Sky Road, Pearse’s Cottage, and Derrygimlagh Bog along the Wild Atlantic Way; go hiking or visit Kylemore Abbey in the Connemara National Park; and enjoy views of Twelve Bens, Galway Bay, and Bothar na Scragoige.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Wild Atlantic Way and Galway City from Dublin

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin in favor of the rugged coastal splendor of the Cliff’s of Moher and Galway City on an enriching full-day excursion from the Irish capital. From the comfort of a luxury coach, admire stunning Irish countryside and travel along the Wild Atlantic Way to the incredible 700-foot high Cliffs of Moher. Browse intriguing exhibitions in the visitor center; marvel at the lunar limestone landscape of Burren, renowned for its rare flowers; and absorb the cosmopolitan charm of Galway City during some leisurely free time.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way and Galway tour from Dublin

Explore Ireland on this full-day Cliffs of Moher tour from Dublin. Travel into rural Ireland by air-conditioned coach with your guide and enjoy panoramic views over the Emerald Isle’s spectacular countryside. Journey along the Wild Atlantic Way and enjoy our exclusive stop at the amazing Kilmacduagh Abbey. Also visit Galway and visit the Cliffs of Moher for some of Ireland’s most impressive coastal views.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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3-Day Southern Ireland Tour Including Galway and Kerry from Dublin

Discover the delights of the Emerald Isle on a 3-day trip to Galway and Kerry from Dublin. After travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way – a rugged stretch of coastline famed for its beauty – you’ll absorb the cosmopolitan charm of Galway and marvel at the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher. 2 nights’ accommodation, entrance fees and round-trip transport from Dublin are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle and the Burren Day Trip From Dublin

Explore Ireland’s western coastline and discover top attractions including the Cliffs of Moher, King John's Castle and the Burren on this day tour from Dublin. Leave Dublin behind and travel deep into County Clare with your guide. Visit the 13th-century King John’s Castle and gain insight into Ireland’s colorful history. Marvel at the mighty Cliffs of Moher, and gaze out over the Aran Islands beyond. Take a coastal drive along Galway Bay, and stop at Dunguaire Castle and the pretty town of Kinvara before returning in comfort to Dublin.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway

Explore Ireland’s beautiful Burren region and discover top natural landmarks including the Cliffs of Moher with ease on this day tour from Galway. Travel through the Burren’s rugged landscapes with your guide and discover local attractions such as the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle and Aillwee Cave. Explore walking trails on top of the mighty Cliffs of Moher at your leisure and enjoy panoramic views over the coastal scenery. Watch the skies for sightings of native birdlife, then stop in Doolin on route back to Galway.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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2-Day South Ireland Highlights Tour from Dublin

Southern Ireland is said to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. See its majestic beauty for yourself during this 2-day tour that takes you to the area’s top highlights with round-trip transport from Dublin included. See Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone, Bunratty Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Burren, and the Cliffs of Moher. Plus spend time cruising through the stalls at the English Market in Cork, and catch sight of King John's Castle and River Shannon in Limerick.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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9-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and visual wonders of Ireland on an enriching 9-day tour from Dublin. Alongside a hospitable guide, explore the magical kingdom of Kerry, home to the staggering 750-foot (228-meter) Cliffs of Moher, and capture the wild spirit of the rural Connemara region. See historical monuments in Derry; gaze at the mystifying rock sculptures at Giant’s Causeway; and gain fascinating insight into the rich culture and history of Ireland from your knowledgeable guide. Spend 8 nights in comfortable accommodation and enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast every day.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Duration: 9 days
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Shore Excursion: Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, and The Burren Tour from Galway

The Cliffs of Moher are a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Ireland’s most memorable landmarks, but most tours only take in the views from the shore. On this full-day tour from Galway, admire the cliffs from the sea on a cruise to the Aran Islands; visit Inisheer, Doolin, and The Burren, then hike along the cliff-tops.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Cliffs of Moher Day Tour from Dublin

Grab your camera and set out to discover some of Ireland’s most impressive natural wonders on this full-day tour from Dublin. Explore the otherworldly landscapes of Kinvara fishing village, snap photos of Bunratty Castle. Then, set out to hike along the mighty Cliffs of Moher and marvel at the views as you drive part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Western Ireland 2-Day Tour from Dublin

Visit some of Ireland’s most popular attractions during this 2-day tour from Dublin. Choose from three different lodging options, and have your accommodations and transport taken care of for one night and two days. Travel through western Ireland to Connemara and Galway, and see Cong, the adorable village where John Wayne’s The Quiet Man was filmed. Lastly, journey to the Corcomroe Abbey, Bunratty Castle, and the Cliffs of Moher before making your way back to Dublin.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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County Kerry Day Trip from Dublin

Discover the delights of Ireland’s County Kerry on this adventurous day trip from Dublin. Travel along winding coastal roads into the Killarney National Park with your guide, and explore pretty towns and villages such as Adare, Aghadoe and Killarney. Marvel at natural attractions including the Lakes of Killarney, Black Valley and the Torc Waterfall, and gain insight into Ireland’s rich geology. Take the Wild Atlantic Way through the Dingle Peninsula to Inch Beach, and gaze out over Dingle Bay and Tralee Bay before returning to Dublin.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Full-day Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, and Wild Atlantic Way Tour from Galway

Experience the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from both land and sea on this full-day tour from Galway. Marvel at the scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way; cruise out to Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands; then hike along the cliff-tops and enjoy spectacular views across the Atlantic.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Shore Excursion: Wild Atlantic Way Omey Beach Horseback Ride from Cleggan

Before you leave Ireland, go for a relaxing horseback ride from Cleggan village in County Galway to the special area of conservation, Omey Island. Along your trek, enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean and the white sand of Omey Beach. No matter what your skill level is, you’re sure to have a great time on horseback. Plus, boots and hats are included with your tour price.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Guided Connemara Day Tour from Galway

Home to rolling hills, shimmering lakes, and spectacular coastal scenery, the Connemara Peninsula is one of western Ireland’s must-see sites. During this tour, spin through the Connemara countryside in comfort by air-conditioned minivan as your guide talks of the region’s colorful history. Reach Wild Atlantic Way attractions including Clifden, Derrygimlagh Bog and Dog’s Bay beach, and admire panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean shoreline. Pickup and drop-off in central Galway are included.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour from Dingle

Experience the thrill of observing whales and dolphins on this 4-hour cruise around Dingle Bay. Marvel over the startling coastal scenery as you drive along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, then hop aboard for a memorable cruise around the bay. Glide past Slea Head, the westernmost point of Europe, then cruise out to the Blasket Islands and look out for humpbacks whales, dolphins, seals, basking sharks and puffins.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Shore Excursion: Connemara Wild Atlantic Way Sea Kayaking Adventure

Cruise along the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara during this kayaking tour that includes your kayak, paddles, and snorkeling gear. Head out on the Atlantic Ocean, and paddle the water to explore sea caves. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals, and basking sharks. You’ll also visit a salmon farm before your tour is over. This adventure is offered two times during the day, so you can pick which fits your schedule best.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Shore Excursion: 3-hour Connemara Sea Kayaking Adventure from Cleggan

The rugged coast of Connemara is one of the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way and the most adventurous way to explore is by sea kayak. On this 3-hour kayaking excursion from Cleggan, paddle through natural rock arches, venture into sea caves, pass deserted beaches, and look out for dolphins and seals in their natural environment.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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2-Day Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

Discover the majesty of Ireland’s west coast on this 2-day rail trip from Dublin. After traveling to Limerick by train, take in the awesome Cliffs of Moher, picture-perfect Galway and sights including Bunratty Castle on a coach tour. Stay overnight in Galway city and the next day, explore beautiful Connemara, a region of rugged peaks, lakes, thatched villages and sandy beaches washed by the Atlantic Sea. Your tour includes hotel accommodation in Galway, including a full Irish breakfast; and all rail and coach trips, the latter with an experienced driver-guide.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Wild Atlantic Way Beach Horseback Riding Excursion from Galway-Full Day

The Wild Atlantic Way is home to some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, but the most adventurous way to explore is on horseback. Gallop across deserted beaches, splash through the waves, and discover Omey Island on this full-day horseback excursion from Galway. Suitable for all riding levels.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-day Private Mizen Head tour from Killarney

Take the scenic route to Mizen Head, Ireland’s most southwesterly point, on this private full-day tour from Killarney. Enjoy the flexibility of a personalized itinerary and stop off to admire the natural wonders of the Killarney National Park, visit towns such as Kenmare and Glengariff; and take in the views from Mizen Head on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Guided Bicycle Tour of Galway City

Enjoy an introduction to Galway on two wheels—and see more of the city in less time—on a half-day bicycle tour. Meet your guide in a convenient location, and grab your bike and helmet. You’ll explore Galway’s prettiest and best-known corners, from the Salthill Promenade and Wild Atlantic Way to the Spanish Arch, National University of Ireland, and much more. Learn all about the city’s rich history from your guide, and pause for a coffee break (own expense).
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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