Wild Atlantic Way Tours

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.
  • 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
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Private Guided Bicycle Tour of Galway City

Customize a bike tour of Galway City according to your interests with this private, half-day tour. Cover ground quickly, seeing landmarks across Galway including Salthill Promenade, the Famine Monument, and Nimmos Pier. Learn about the city’s history and architecture from a local guide and explore Galway at your own pace, including stops for coffee or refreshments.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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
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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
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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
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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway including Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Visit the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher in one day on this 10.5-hour tour from Galway. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way with your guide, through pretty villages including Ballindereen, Clarenbridge and Kilcolgan. Take the ferry from the fishing village of Doolin to Inisheer Island and enjoy free time at your leisure. Then, pass beneath the mighty Cliffs of Moher on the return ferry back to Doolin. Soak up spectacular views from atop the Cliffs of Moher, then take in the Burren and Lisdoonvarna on route back to Galway.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Connemara Wild Atlantic Way Beach Horseback Ride from Galway

Take off from the village of Cleggan in County Galway, and enjoy a day of horseback riding during this tour. Ride across Omey Beach on Omey Island, and catch sight of historical sites, the Atlantic Ocean, and picturesque landscapes. No matter what your skill level, enjoy a leisurely ride across the white-sand beach.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Shore Excursion: Full-day Wild Atlantic Way Horseback Riding Excursion from Galway

Discover the natural wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day horseback riding adventure from Galway. Trek to Omey Island, where you can gallop across the beach, splash through the waves, and enjoy spectacular views of the Twelve Bens mountain range. Suitable for all riding levels.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Day Trip from Galway

Explore the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher on this County Clare day tour from Galway. Travel along the Wild Atlantic Way to the Burren with your guide and take in top local landmarks including Dunguaire Castle and Corcomroe Abbey. Pass pretty towns and villages such as Ballyvaughan, Doolin and Lisdoonvarna on route to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, widely considered among Ireland’s most impressive sights. Head along County Clare’s stunning coastline on route back to Galway, and enjoy fine views over Fanore Strand and Black Head.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour along the Wild Atlantic Way from Galway

Journey along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on this full-day tour from Galway. Marvel at the mighty Cliffs of Moher and enjoy at least five hours to explore the visitor center, hike the dramatic Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk and admire views that span Galway Bay, Connemara and the Aran Islands. Along the way, discover the dramatic landscape of The Burren, the coastal villages of Ballindereen and Kinvara, and Doolin, the epicenter of Ireland’s folk music scene.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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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
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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
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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
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private walking Tour to Dscover The Cultural and History Heroes of 20th Century Connemara

Discover three fascinating sites of international historical significance walking the wild and rugged landscapes of breathtakingly scenic Connemara, with a local tour and walking guide. These sites are combined into two new Signature points on the Wild Atlantic Way route.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Magical Inishbofin Island on the Connemara Coast from Galway including Lunch

Explore the Connemara Coast without the stress of planning on a full day tour with round-trip transport from Galway City. In addition to small towns and landmarks often missed by visitors, the day’s itinerary includes rare views of the countryside and coastline from the bus and ferry. Freshly-prepared lunch and drinks are included for your convenience.
  • Duration: 1 day
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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.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Shore Excursions: Guided Beach Horse Riding Excursion: Wild Atlantic Way Connemara

Make the most of your time at shore and take a horse riding tour along the Atlantic Way in Connemara. Discover the rugged coastline with its beautiful natural landscape, rocky beaches, and picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. This tour is suitable for all skill levels and novices can keep their horses at a walk or a trot.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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