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The Wild Atlantic Way’s Hidden Gems - Sliabh Liag

The Wild Atlantic Way’s Hidden Gems

It is a well-known fact that Ireland is a wonderful place to visit, at all times of the year, with something for everyone to fall in love with on this magical little island. The Wild Atlantic Way is the perfect place to start exploring, as the stunning coastal route takes in 9 gorgeous counties along the West of Ireland. Farmhouse B&Bs are dotted all along this route and make for the perfect accommodation as you travel along and discover the Wild Atlantic Way’s hidden gems.

Ireland is jam-packed with fantastic tourist attractions, from historical sites to stunning scenic locations. However, often the main focus is put on the most popular and recognisable attractions, when the Emerald Isle has so much more than just these to explore. Staying in a Farmhouse B&B can unlock these hidden gems for you, as your hosts will have all the inside knowledge on the places to visit that might not appear in a guide book or travel blog.

Along all 2500km of the Wild Atlantic Way’s coastal road, there are so many hidden gems to discover. Fascinating ruins of ancient historical sites, secluded blue-flag sandy beaches and breath-taking viewing points, are all amongst the attractions that you can add to your must-see list. Your B&B hosts will also let you in on the best places to eat, the cosiest pubs to grab a drink in and where to find the best entertainment to embrace Ireland’s “craic agus ceol”.

Visiting the Wild Atlantic Way’s hidden gems is a must-do this year, so make sure you put it on your wish-list and book your Farmhouse B&B now for the perfect stay!

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Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way Walking Trails

Spanning over 2000km of breathtaking coastline, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is an experience like no other, letting you explore all the spectacular sights and sounds that the west coast of Ireland has to offer.  Since the Wild Atlantic Way’s natural beauty is simply magnificent from beginning to end, it’s no surprise that the route encompasses some remarkable walking trails, with some highlights mentioned below.

Inishowen Head Loop

The Inishowen Head Loop is a 8km looped trail of moderate difficulty, that allows you to begin your Wild Atlantic Way adventure by exploring Donegal’s impressive coastline. The spectacular scenery, coupled with the area’s fascinating ancient history, makes this route the perfect recipe for a hike.
What to expect: Ancient monuments, Celtic crosses and mesmerising coastal views.

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Walking Trails

The Burren Way

The Burren Way stretches an almighty 123km and can take up to 5 days to complete. Starting in Lahinch and making its way to Corofin, the trail offers up some of the most panoramic views along Ireland’s rugged Clare coastline. What’s more, the route encompasses two of Ireland’s most renowned visitor attractions, the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
What to expect: The perfect experience for understanding the true magic of Ireland and its world-famous natural beauty.

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Walking Trails

The Seven Heads Walk

The Seven Heads Walk explores 42km along Cork’s beautiful Seven Heads Peninsula, taking in a fantastic range of historical sites and varied landscapes. Several different trails along this route are available, which means that every level of walker is accommodated for, and you can choose what length of time you would like to spend exploring this stunning area.
What to expect: Natural beauty, fascinating history and diverse landscapes.

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Walking TrailsThese three walking trails are only a slight glimpse at what the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer to walkers! So don’t forget that one of the best ways to explore Ireland is on foot!

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Reasons to visit the island of Ireland in 2017

Reasons to visit the Island of Ireland in 2017

For breath-taking scenery and amazing sights that will have you reaching for your camera, look no further that the Emerald Isle. Ireland is home to beautiful attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Sliabh Liag Cliffs in Donegal and the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.

Reasons to visit the island of Ireland in 2017

From Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route to the West Coast of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, you’ll find hundreds of magnificent golden beaches just waiting for you.

Reasons to visit the island of Ireland in 2017Ireland is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. From walking to surfing to horse-riding, and everything in between, Ireland is a place where there is an outdoor activity to suit everyone.

Reasons to visit the island of Ireland in 2017Ireland is well known for it’s craic and welcoming people. If you want fun, laughter and a welcome like no other, then Ireland is the place for you!

Reasons to visit the island of Ireland in 2017

Home to Ireland’s Ancient East, the Emerald Isle is brimming with fascinating historical sites. From castles to megalithic tombs, Ireland is rich in historical ruins for you to explore.

Reasons to visit the island of Ireland in 2017
Irish Farmhouse B&Bs make the perfect base for exploring the island of Ireland. We have bed and breakfasts located throughout Ireland. So if you want a vacation to remember, book your visit to Ireland in 2017 today!

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The Skellig Ring

The Skellig Ring

The Skellig Ring has been named as one of the top ten regions in the world to visit in 2017 by travel guide Lonely Planet. This amazing scenic region, located on the Ring of Kerry, is brimming with history and old world charm.

Valentia Island is one of Ireland’s most westerly points and is linked to the mainland by a bridge at Portmagee on The Skellig Ring.

Valentia IslandPortmagee, on The Skellig Ring, is a delightful fishing village on the Wild Atlantic Way and is the gateway to Skellig Michael.

Portmagee

The Skelligs are two islands located about 12km off the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. Skellig Michael is a Unesco World Heritage Site as it was an early Christian hermitage and the well-preserved remains of the monastery are still intact today.

The Skellig Islands

Waterville is a picturesque seaside village located on the Wild Atlantic Way and is part of The Skellig Ring. It’s the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts and was a favourite holiday spot for the famous Charlie Chaplin!

Waterville in Country Kerry

Ballinaskelligs is a Gaeltacht area in the south-west of the Iveragh peninsula and is part of The Skellig Ring. It’s not only a walkers paradise, but home to an Augustinian Priory which was founded for monks who came to the mainland from Skellig Michael in the 12th Century.

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Souvenir Passport for the Wild Atlantic Way

Passport Perfection along the Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is an impressive 2,500km coastal route along the stunning west of Ireland. It is truly breath-taking, with its mesmerising views out across the Atlantic Ocean, amazing natural beauty and fascinating attractions along the way. The Wild Atlantic Way is unforgettable, so why not pair those memories with a special keepsake? This is where your souvenir passport comes into play.

Set of Stamps

Souvenir Passports from the Wild Atlantic WayKeepsake Wild Atlantic Way passports are now available to purchase in Post Offices along the coastal route, for only €10. They are the perfect way to track your trip, as there are an impressive 188 discovery points for you to explore. As you visit each location, you can collect unique stamps for your passport from Post Offices or Tourist Information Offices.  Your souvenir passport not only is the ideal log of your journey, it also allows you to receive a “Wild Atlantic Way Certificate” as proof that you have completed the magical experience!

Rewards along the Route

Stunning sandy beaches along the Wild Atlantic Way188 discovery points is no mean feat to complete, so don’t worry about having to cram everything into one trip as you can simply pick up where you left off in terms of collecting your stamps. The Wild Atlantic Way is comprised of six zones, and once all stamps are collected for a particular zone, any Tourist Information Office along the route will reward you with a special WAW gift!

From glorious sandy beaches to fascinating historical attractions, there is so much to discover along the Wild Atlantic Way. These souvenir passports are such a wonderful way to treasure your memories and also serve as a brilliant reminder as to why you want to return to the Emerald Isle as soon as possible!

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The Quiet Magic of Skellig Michael

The Quiet Magic of Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael is the larger of two stunning islands that can be found approximately 12 km west of the Iveragh Peninsula, County Kerry. The breath-taking island towers an impressive 218 metres above sea level and is made from 350 million year old Devonian sandstone. It is a place of historical, religious and natural significance and is a must-see on your trip to Ireland!

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Quiet Magic of Skellig Michael Skellig Michael was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1996, mainly due to the fascinating Early Christian monastery that can be found there. It is estimated that the monastery was built at some time between the 6th and 8th century and it truly is a sight to behold. It sits 618 steps high and is home to beehive cells, two oratories, stone crosses and a medieval church. It is accepted that this monastery is one of the most dramatic and beautiful examples of the extremes of Christian monasticism in the entire world.

Unique Landscape

The Quiet Magic of Skellig Michael What’s more, Skellig Michael also boasts a unique landscape, showcasing Ireland’s natural beauty and is a designated nature reserve. It is one of Ireland’s most important sites for seabird breeding and is home to many rare flora and fauna. The island located on the Wild Atlantic Way, provides stunning views out across the Atlantic Ocean and has its own impressive lighthouse. There is something indescribable about standing on Skellig Michael and taking in your striking surroundings while the waves crash down below.

Take a boat trip

Boat trips are available, weather permitting, from Portmagee in County Kerry and takes approximately 45 minutes. You are given time to explore the island at your own pace, and then the boat takes you back to the mainland. On your trip to the Emerald Isle, you cannot miss out on the chance to experience the quiet magic of Skellig Michael!

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Wild Atlantic Way in County Mayo

Ireland’s Natural Beauty

Ireland’s Natural Beauty

The first thing that you will notice when you arrive in Ireland is its stunning natural beauty. The Irish countryside really does offer forty shades of green and an abundance of exceptional landscapes. Having recently returned from a trip abroad, the first thing that hit me was the beautiful lush green fields that surrounded me as I travelled down the road and I realised how much I had missed Ireland’s natural beauty.

Beautiful Places

Ireland's Natural Beauty includes the Sliabh Liag Cliffs in Co DonegalThe one thing that we take for granted living in Ireland is its jaw-dropping beauty. It is home to natural phenomenon that you just won’t see anywhere else in the world! Locations throughout Ireland such as the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, The Burren in County Clare, Sliabh Liag Cliffs in County Donegal, The Copper Coast in County Waterford, the Wicklow Mountains National Park, and the Beara Peninsula in County Cork will astound you and as far as these magnificent places go, the list is endless. The Wild Atlantic Way on the West Coast of Ireland is the longest defined driving route in the world.  It spans nine counties and is truly breath-taking with so much to see and do.

The Great Outdoors!

Macgillycuddy Reeks, Ring of Kerry in County MayoIn Ireland, you are spoilt for choice, from beautiful landscapes that are perfect for outdoor adventures such as walking, cycling, golf and horse-riding, to a coastline made for surfing, sailing, fishing and more. There are mountains to climb and parklands and woodlands to explore, all offering something that little bit special. Ireland has no less than six National Parks including, Killarney National Park known as the “Jewel in Kerry’s Crown”. This park alone is famed for its beauty and is home to Macgillycuddy Reeks (Ireland’s highest mountain range), Ross Castle, Muckross Waterfall and the Lakes of Killarney.

Accommodation

Farmhouse bed and breakfasts are located across Ireland and offer modern and comfortable accommodation, yet retain the old traditions that make them so unique. You have the option of taking part in farming activities or to just sit back and enjoy the tranquillity and peace of your beautiful surroundings.  They are the perfect base for exploring Ireland’s undeniable natural beauty.

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Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Route

The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way coastal route on the west coast of Ireland has all the ingredients that make for a fantastic holiday experience. 2,400km of beautiful unspoilt natural landscapes that will, without doubt, take your breath away!

Counties

Mullaghmore in Co Sligo along the Wild Atlantic WayThe Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal driving route in the world. The spectacular Atlantic coastline encompasses the counties of Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork, each one offering unique experiences. The route is well signposted and can be joined at any point. You don’t have to complete it all in one vacation, in fact, it’s best to break your journey up into sections and spend a few days exploring each location.

Céad mile Fáilte

A warm welcome awaits at an Irish Farmhouse B&BFarmhouse B&Bs make ideal accommodation bases and will definitely add to your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. You’ll receive a warm Céad Míle Failte and you’ll experience the true meaning of Irish hospitality. Relax and enjoy tranquil surroundings with hosts that will make sure you have everything you need. They’ll guide you on the must-see sights that make the Wild Atlantic Way so special, from the most famous landmarks including the Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and the Sliabh Liag Cliffs in Donegal to the lesser known hidden gems that don’t appear in the official guide books.

See and Do

Sliabh Liag in Donegal along the Wild Atlantic WayNo matter where you decide to base yourself along the route, there will be plenty of sites to see, historical ruins, castles, secluded beaches and scenic harbours that will have you reaching for your camera. You will love the friendly towns and villages along the way, with charming restaurants and quaint pubs where fresh seafood is a specialty on the menu. The west coast of Ireland is a haven for outdoor leisure pursuits, so whatever your passion, from walking and cycling, to sailing and golf, your interests will be catered for.

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