Wild Atlantic Way

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View of Skellig Michael, off the coast of south County Kerry

The Wild Atlantic Way (Irish: Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin) is a tourism trail on the west coast, and on parts of the north and south coasts, of Ireland. The 2,500 km[1] (1,553 mile) driving route passes through nine counties and three provinces, stretching from County Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula in Ulster to Kinsale, County Cork, in Munster, on the Celtic Sea coast.[2]

The route is broken down into five sections:[3]

Along the route there are 157 discovery points, 1,000 attractions and more than 2,500 activities; the route was officially launched in 2014 by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, T.D.[4]

Key points of interest[edit]

The North West - Counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo[edit]

Slieve League, on the south-west coast of County Donegal in Ulster

The West - Counties Mayo and Galway[edit]

Sheep in a paddock by the Great Western Greenway near Mulranny. November 2014

The Mid West - Counties Clare and Limerick[edit]

The South West - Counties Kerry and Cork[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way aims to rival California's Pacific Coast Highway". Belfast Telegraph. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ Charles Karel Bouley (23 March 2014), "Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way: Heading West On Adventure", The Huffington Post, retrieved 31 March 2014
  3. ^ "The Wild Atlantic Way". 28 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Minister Ring officially launches Wild Atlantic Way", Fáilte Ireland, 27 February 2014, retrieved 28 June 2016

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