Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way

Here’s to the embracers of the Wild Atlantic Way of life.

The Wild Atlantic Way route is designed to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience. This route is set to open up a huge number of towns and attractions to visitors and showcase scenery and unique features of the West Coast of Ireland as well as providing easy access to a range of interesting experiences along the route.

This Wild Atlantic Way route is fully signposted and stretches from Donegal to Cork in the south through Connemara, The Burren, Galway Bay and Kerry. The Wild Atlantic Way route is the longest defined coastal drive in the world. However driving this long distance may not be for everyone, if this is the case, visitors can take a boat for part of the journey.

Galway city’s event calendar lasts all year round; it’s the city that never sleeps on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Literary festivals, horse racing festivals and music festivals happen throughout the year making life seem like one long party to locals. Known as the city of tribes, Galway was once ruled by 14 tribe families who made the city an industrial and financial success. Their legacy has continued as Galway remains a thriving town with a university, cathedral and plenty of historical attractions.

Galway’s location along the Wild Atlantic Way puts it in prime position for some amazing day trips, such as the fascinating Aran Islands. You can see the sights and get back to Quay Street in time for a pint of local craft beer and a live trad session. The Ardilaun Hotel is one of the best Wild Atlantic Way hotels available and will make sure you have a trip to remember.

Looking to travel the Wild Atlantic Way via car? Check out Europcar. Europcar offers a high-quality car and van rental service from 16 locations throughout Ireland. At each, Europcar offers a wide range of rental cars with either automatic or manual transmissions. The cars include; car hire, basic cover, theft protection, unlimited mileage, 24-hour breakdown cover & fees.

The top attractions to visit in Galway are:
  • Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
  • Wild Atlantic Way
  • Quay Street
  • Salthill Promenade
  • Galway's Latin Quarter
To get the most from your visit to Galway you should plan to allow three days to discover both the culturally rich city and the windswept countryside, which is home to some of Ireland's most breathtaking natural attractions, such as the Cliffs of Moher and the hills, bogs, and magnificent peaks of Connemara. 

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