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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: 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.
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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.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Shore Excursion: 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.
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Kayaking & Canoeing

Sea kayaking to Connemara sea caves along the Wild Atlantic Way. Guided 2 ½ hrs

Paddle along the coastline of Connemara during this sea kayaking excursion. Experience the Wild Atlantic Way from a new perspective and kayak into sea caves and through sea arches. Check out a salmon farm and see a variety of marine life such as seals or dolphins. Snorkeling gear is available for those who want to get into the water.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Shore Excursion: Connemara Sea Kayaking Adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way

Paddle through the scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way on this half-day guided kayak tour. All equipment and instruction is included, so even beginners can enjoy a day on the water. Paddle into Connemara's sea caves, see the salmon farms, and strap on the snorkeling gear to dive beneath the waves for a possible glimpse of seals or dolphins.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Private walking tour-Discover the Cultural & History Heroes of Connemara

Walk the rugged trails of the Wild Atlantic Way in the company of a dedicated guide on this private tour. While enjoying personalized attention from your guide, you'll cover three sites of historical significance within Connemara as well as two Signature points on the walking route. You can walk at your own pace and ask as many questions as you like.
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Full-day Tours

Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way - 1-Day Self Guided Tour from Clifden

See whichever side of Connemara you want on this self-guided cycling tour around the region. Instead of getting trapped in a tour bus and following a rigid itinerary, pick up your bicycle and head to the places you want to see. You can choose to follow one of the recommended routes, which will take you to beaches, historical landmarks, charming villages and scenic lookouts, or you can customize it as you want, based on your own interests.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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.
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Day Trips

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.
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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.
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Multi-day Tours

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.
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Day Trips

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.
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Multi-day Tours

4-Day South West Ireland Tour from Dublin

Delve into the outstanding natural beauty of South West Ireland on a 4-day trip to Galway and Killarney from Dublin. Alongside a guide, you’ll witness the splendor of the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher, take a horse-and-cart ride through Killarney National Park and absorb the coastal beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. Kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to acquire ‘the gift of the gab’ at Blarney Castle and sample a glass of Guinness at the iconic Guinness Storehouse. Select between hostel or B&B accommodation depending on budget and preference.
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3-Day Northern Ireland Tour from Dublin: Giant’s Causeway & Titanic Experience

Delve into the fairytale landscapes of Northern Ireland on a 3-day tour of the remarkable region from Dublin. With a guide, you’ll explore the historic city of Monasterboice and visit Dark Hedges, a spectacular location featured on hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Summon your courage to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, gasp at the UNESCO-listed wonder of Giant’s Causeway and take a walking tour of medieval city, Derry. See, too, the majestic Dunluce Castle and Drunmcliff Abbey. Select between hostel and B&B accommodation options and receive breakfast each day.
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Day Trips

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.
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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.
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Multi-day Tours

2 DAY WILD ATLANTIC WAY TOUR

Explore Ireland’s rugged coastline with this two-day Wild Atlantic Way tour. The comprehensive itinerary includes the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and an overnight stay in Dingle Peninsula. See the charming villages and dramatic ocean views of the Wild Atlantic Way without the hassle of a rental car.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Mizen Head Tour from Kenmare

Explore the rugged coast of southern Ireland during this full-day private tour from Kenmare to Mizen Head. Drive through the scenic Killarney National Park and stop at landmarks such as Torc Waterfall, a 3,000-year-old Druid stone circle, and local villages on your way to Mizen Head. Take in the sweeping views of the Atlantic coastline once you arrive and capture your memories on camera to enjoy for years to come. 
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Day Trips

Kerry Highlights Day Tour 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.
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Connemara, Kylemore Abbey or Connemara National Park day tour from Galway-Guided

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. Choose to spend your time exploring the beautiful Connemara National Park or the Benedictine Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian walled gardens. Pickup and drop-off in central Galway are included.
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Day Cruises

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.
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
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Kayaking & Canoeing

Connemara Sea Kayaking Adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way

Explore the wild Connemara coastline on a guided sea kayaking tour along the Wild Atlantic Way. Paddle around sea caves, rock arches, and beaches while enjoying spectacular ocean views with the chance of spotting a variety of marine wildlife including dolphins and seals if you’re lucky. No kayaking experience needed; the tour includes all equipment and kayaking instruction.
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Cultural Tours

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.
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