Donegal to Mayo
Following on from your discovery of the captivating county of Donegal, the Wild Atlantic Way takes you on a breath-taking journey to Mayo. This section of the coastal route, which is approximately 625km in length, encompasses three main signature points, Mullaghmore Head, Downpatrick Head and Keem Strand. These locations are so special and you are guaranteed to make fantastic memories that will last forever. But be warned – once you visited these beauties, you will never want to leave!
Mullaghmore Head, Co. Sligo is a wonderful destination for many reasons, including its gorgeous ocean views and its stunning skyline dominated by the mesmerising mountain of Ben Bulben. However, surfing is what draws visitors to Mullaghmore, time and time again. It boasts waves like no others, known as ‘prowlers’, as they can reach unbelievable swells of up to 100ft. Mullaghmore Head even hosted Ireland’s first ever Big Wave contest in 2011, which attracted surfers from all over the world.
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Views: Mullaghmore Beach, Co. Sligo. by Sean Gallagher
Downpatrick Head, at the north of Co. Mayo, truly is a sight to behold. Standing at 126ft above the sea, the views of the Atlantic waves crashing against the shore are breath-taking. The amazing 45m high sea stack, ‘Dun Briste’, can clearly be seen, which separated from the mainland in 1393. An old stone building can be found at the top of Downpatrick Head, which was used as a lookout during the Second World War. Now, it is the ideal location for bird-watching, giving you a wonderful vantage point to spot the varied birdlife.
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Keem Strand is a rural and secluded location on Ireland’s largest island, Achill Island. Its natural beauty will amaze you, with its sweeping sandy beaches and magnificent mountains. A wander through what’s known as the Deserted Island is a must. It is an abandoned, unnamed linear settlement which is sheltered under Slievemore Mountain, full of mystery just waiting to be explored. A guided tour can be arranged with expert archaeologists or alternatively, you can choose to stroll from cottage to cottage on your own, soaking up the history and culture that hangs in the air.
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These three points, as well as all the other locations along the Donegal to Mayo strip, will not disappoint in terms of beautiful surroundings, fascinating attractions and unbeatable tranquillity. To get the most of your exploration, choose to stay in bed and breakfast accommodation. B&B hosts will have a wide knowledge of the area and will happily give you pointers on how best to approach your discovery. There is nothing better than knowing that a cosy fire, a comfortable bed and a delicious breakfast awaits you after your busy adventures!
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