Activity Holidays along the Wild Atlantic Way
If you haven’t heard of the Wild Atlantic Way, you may have been living under a rock for the last four years! Don’t worry though I’ll bring you up to speed on what you’ve been missing out on.
The Wild Atlantic Way...
Weaves its’ way through 9 counties and 3 provinces along the West of Ireland
Is the longest defined coastal driving route on earth
Spans 2500 km of beautiful coastline
Is the most photographed route in Ireland… Yep… it’s perfect for the gram!
Is home to Ireland’s tallest peak, Europe’s highest sea cliffs and some of the world’s biggest waves!
What's most compelling about the Wild Atlantic Way is that this unique coastal route is bursting with amazing activities from top to bottom, so if you're an adventure addict, hiking enthusiast or just enjoy a good round of golf with the gang, the Wild Atlantic Way is your perfect activity holiday destination.
There’s nothing like the Irish coast to put you through your paces and release those endorphins. All you’ve got to do is pick your poison… Be it land, sea or air, you’ll find an adventure activity that will make you not want to go home.
Abseiling & Rockclimbing
There's 250 km of coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way so you'll have no trouble finding the perfect place to abseil and if you're a newbie to the sport you'll find companies in every county that would be delighted to put you to the test.
What lies beneath...
If you're looking to really get into the heart of the coastal route you can literally do just that! There are some amazing caves that can be found dotted along the Western coastline. A visit to Doolin Cave should definitely be on your bucket list. Here you'll find the largest stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere and tours are available so you can uncover the histoy of the cave and how the great stalactite was formed from a single drop of water.
If you're no stranger to risk and are looking for something a little more off the beaten track, the coastline as miles of hidden nooks and crannies just waiting to be discovered. I would recommend that if you have little or no experience, it's probably best to stick to the guided cave tours available. Check out the video below for some real inspiration!
Walking & Hiking
The Wild Atlantic Way is known as the longest coastal driving route in the world but don’t let that deter you from getting out of the driver’s seat and into the open air for a good old fashioned donder. You have every type of walking route available to you right at your feet. If you’re like me and enjoy a remote coastal trek, you'll love the Doolin Cliff Walk. Rising up to 214m, this route takes you along the Cliffs of Moher with unbelievable views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. If the conditions are right, you’ll be treated to a birds eye view of monstrous waves crashing below you. This trail ultimately leads you to Doolin village where a well deserved pint of the black stuff is in order.
If you find yourself touring the Southern region of the Wild Atlantic Way, make sure to test yourself along Sheep’s Head in County Cork. Nestled in the corner of Ireland, this quiet spot spans 88km in length and guides you through famine settlements, colourful heather fields and farmlands.
Don’t forget, If you’re on a walking/hiking holiday on the Wild Atlantic Way, be sure to check out the many Walkers Welcome B&B’s along the route. Your B&B host can fill you in on where the best routes and hidden gems are over some hot tea and home baked goods.
A Golfers Paradise
If you find yourself somewhat spent of energy and fancy a leisurely activity, a leisurely round of golf might do just the trick. Lucky for you the Wild Atlantic Way is bursting from North Donegal to South Cork with award winning golf courses. Because of the unique setting of the coastal route, it’s no surprise that one third of the world’s links courses call this country home. If you don’t have the time to make to all 18 courses, I would highly recommend checking out Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal which played host to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this year and is lauded as a must play course by none other than Rory McIlroy. If you find yourself on the southern stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, be sure to test yourself at Doonbeg Golf Club located on the Clare coastline and designed by Greg Norman.
Honestly, I love de-stressing with a nice relaxing holiday, but I cannot stress enough how memorable an activity holiday along the Wild Atlantic Way is. I dare you to try it. And if you’re unsure of where to begin or end, check out B&B Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way Itineraries. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Posted: 14 Sep 2018 by
Niall McKee |
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Tags: Activity Breaks, Activity Holidays, Wild Atlantic Way