Wild Atlantic Way

While I usually chose a specific place to concentrate on for this blog, I’ve decided instead to take a bit of a turn and devote this week’s post to an entire country. It may be because I hold my own personal inclination for Ireland that has let me chose the whole island as opposed to one specific place, but either way this is something I don’t think should be overlooked by anyone with even the slightest interest in the land of the lucky. The Wild Atlantic Way is the worlds longest coastal road, extending 1,600 miles from county Derry (the very top of the country) to county Cork (the very bottom).

Wild Atlantic Way

The route can take as little as 11 days, though it is recommended to spend a little more time enjoying the peace and beauty of the Atlantic ocean and the country’s seaside. You’ll pass through small towns and open lands, and along the way you can enjoy many different experiences. In county Kerry you can go on dolphin cruises, to spot wildlife, or if you’re more interested in viewing the animals at a closer level you can rent kayaks and experience the ocean up close and personal. In Cork, if you haven’t had your fill of wildlife, there is a chance to go whale watching, on a sunrise or sunset tour. Along the road you’ll pass through Galway, and The Cliffs of Moher, The Blarney Stone and old castles, a countryside you can only imagine, and if you’re lucky, you may even get a few sunny days.

While my personal preference will always lie with the midlands of Ireland, the chance to see one of the world’s most breathtaking coasts for such a distance is one that shouldn’t be passed up. But for those of us that can’t spend weeks on end traveling a countryside, this video will simply have to hold us over for now.

 

Sources:

http://www.thewildatlanticway.com/

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/activities-along-irelands-wild-atlantic-way/

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