The Wild Atlantic Way, in Ireland, at 1600 miles (2600 kilometers), is one of the world’s longest known coastal routes. From the Inishowen Peninsula in the north to the picturesque town of Kinsale in County Cork in the south, it winds its way all along the Irish west coast.
From beginning to end, this route reveals the wonders of nature, the influence of the ocean and its imprint on Ireland’s west coast, and the beautiful countryside in all its richness. Enchanting towns, as well as ancient ruins whose roots have long since vanished into the mists of oblivion, dot the landscape. Every turn on this magical coastal road reveals a new surprise.
The wild Atlantic, with its unrestrained and uncontrollable tides and hurricanes, has shaped Ireland’s west coast for centuries. A profoundly indented and wild landscape has evolved as a result of the relentless meeting of water and land, with soaring cliffs, spellbinding bays and beaches, and magical islands, constantly evolving and never reaching the limit. Isolation, or, to put it another way, living close and with the Atlantic at your doorstep, has ensured the survival of old customs and the Irish language. A journey through the Wild Atlantic Way is also a journey back in time.