Wild Atlantic Way
What better way to discover Ireland than by travelling the Wild Atlantic Way? Whether you choose to follow 2,500 kilometres of rugged coastline along the Atlantic Seaboard from north to south or break it down into small sections, this is undoubtedly the best way to see the country.
Discover Kerry to CorkThe most southern section, Kerry to Cork, follows 463 kilometres of coastline. It takes you on an unforgettable voyage that includes peninsulas, island hopping and colourful villages, finally leading you to the cultural city of Cork. This route involves some windy roads, which will reward you with dramatic, rugged scenery, shipwrecks, lighthouses and more. Along the way, you will discover spectacular highlights.
Kerry HighlightsTo the north of the route, Dingle Peninsula is one of the more mountainous parts of the journey and home to Ireland’s second highest mountain, Mount Brandon (951 m). It is a geological treat and known for history, culture and watersports on the coast. From this peninsula, you can see all the way to the Blasket Islands. On the boat to the islands, you may be lucky enough to encounter seabirds including puffins, as well as whales and dolphins. The island itself is famous for its red deer population.
Cork HighlightsHead south to the county of Cork and visit Dursey Island. When you reach this rural retreat, it is like taking a step back in time. You can take a cable car, a lifeline for residents, across the water. Here you can chat with locals and enjoy coastal trails. There are no shops or restaurants, so this is the perfect destination to just relax and forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops around Mizen Head make for great coastal walks. Stop by the visitor centre of the Fog Signal Station, which dates back to the early 20th century, and follow the cliff top walkways to the viewing platforms. As the Atlantic Ocean sweeps below your feet, look down, if you dare, from the safety of a suspension bridge that connects the ravines.
As you get close to Cork, stop by the vibrant village of Kinsale. The village is kept in pristine condition and the buildings come in all sorts of colours. Stroll along the quaint streets and uncover galleries, boutiques, delicious seafood and a beautiful waterfront.