Discover the Wild Atlantic Way
When you think of Ireland most people imagine green rolling hills set against a dramatic coastline. This is in fact quite accurate. Learn how the sea has literally shaped this nation, with changing scenery and new landscapes around every bend, set against the fantastic backdrops of large skies and ocean. This makes for an incredible combination. It is no wonder that film directors travel from across the globe to shoot their scenes here. If you want to see the landscape featured in so many films, then you can visit for yourself. Explore Ireland’s western seaboard whilst on a road trip of a lifetime on the Wild Atlantic Way.
This is one of the world’s longest defined coastal drives and the route runs along the Atlantic Coast for more than 1500 miles (1410km) from County Donegal in the north to County Cork in the south. Along the way you will experience incredible cliff formations and sea stacks, shaped by the ocean, and rugged, unspoilt scenery. Discover villages and towns, learning about life here and meet the charming locals, said to be some of the friendliest people in the world.
Not everyone has time to drive the whole length of the Wild Atlantic Way, so it has been broken down into manageable sections, making planning a bit easier. From north to south, the first section you will come across will lead you through County Donegal covering around 330 miles (530km) of the meandering coastline. The county is home to some of Ireland’s highest cliffs making for dramatic ocean views, as well as the beautiful Glenveagh National Park. The park covers 16,000 hectares across the Derryveagh Mountains, and is home to some incredible plant and animal species. There is also a castle, gardens and visitor centre here.
Section One Highlights
Section one highlights include:
- Malin Head: uncover the county’s far north Inishowen peninsula and its dramatic cliffs and crevices
- Fanad Head: Knockalla Coast Road offers panoramic views. Visit Portsalon and Ballymastocker Bay, once voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This area is a hive of activity for golfers, walkers and anyone who loves watersports.
- Sliabh Liag: discover some of the highest and most impressive sea cliffs in Europe.
Letterkenny is ideally placed in this northern tip of Ireland and makes a great starting point for this section of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is also the ideal stopover destination if you want to explore this great county further. At the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny you will find yourself ideally placed to do just this. Discover the Radisson Experience Card for more great discounts and benefits along the Wild Atlantic Way.