Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Patrick Bruen Ireland Cliffs of MoherPatrick Bruen is originally from Ireland and occasionally goes back for family and relaxation. Ireland has one of the wildest, most beautiful and culturally scenic coastlines in the world: The Wild Atlantic Way. Located all along the west coast of Ireland, this coastline offers a variety of different locations and hubs for tourists and natives to go relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

In the northern most region of the west coast is County Donegal. This 346-mile stretch contains the famous landmarks of Malin Head, Fanad Head, and Slieve League. Malin Head is the northern most point of Ireland, and the Atlantic’s strong current carves up intense crevices and extraordinary chasms. Fanad Head is known for the iconic Fanad Head Lighthouse, beautiful scenery, and majestic beaches. The vast area is considered one of the more romantic spots in Ireland. Slieve League is known for the Slieve League Cliffs, which are known to be some of the tallest and most extraordinary marine cliffs in Europe.

Next, we travel from Donegal going south to Mayo where we can catch Mullaghmore Head, Downpatrick Head, and Keem Strand. At Mullaghmore Head, one can engulf themselves in the culture by taking a traditionally renowned seaweed bath. People come from all over to enjoy the Atlantic sea-water filled with fresh, hand-picked seaweed followed by a walk along the majestic coastline. This age old remedy is said to reduce stress and cure aches and pains. In Downpatrick Head, one can observe the spectacular scenery 125 feet above the sea. Once can also see the ruins of a church established by St. Patrick himself. Lastly, we have Keem Strand, known for it’s sandy beaches, towering cliffs, and grassy mountains.

Continuing south, we travel from Mayo until we end up in Clare. On this rout, we can visit the Killary Harbour, Derrigimlagh, and the Cliffs of Moher. Surrounded by mountains with a vast area of water running through it, Killary Harbour is known for serving some of Irelands best muscles and other seafood.  The wild and mysterious Derrigimlagh Bog is next on our journey, with an abundance of tiny lakes as well as the remains of the very first transatlantic radio station. Lastly on this adventure, we get to one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations: The Cliffs of Moher. These cliffs range from 393 feet above seawater to an astounding 702 fee above seawater. There is almost 2,000 feet of pathway for tourists to walk about and observe some of the greatest scenary Ireland has to offer. One can view the Aran Islands, Canneara’s Twelve Bens, Galway Bay, and Kerry’s Dingle Peninsula. Serious hikers can take up to three hours to complete the trail.