Where land and ocean collide: Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

By , 17th March 2015

In Ireland, things aren’t done by halves: the country is home to a ‘hundred thousand’ welcomes and we like to thank people ‘a million’. So it makes sense that the natural beauty of the island is equally dramatic.

The Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal driving route stretching from County Donegal in the country’s North-West to County Cork in the South, is a unique way to explore what many consider to be the ‘real Ireland’.

Away from the commotion of Dublin, see where an untamed landscape, sheer cliffs and the wild Atlantic Ocean collide. To celebrate the beauty of Ireland, here’s some of our favourite photos from the Wild Atlantic Way.


Malin Head
County Donegal


Wild Atlantic Way - Malin Head


Ballyhiernan Beach
County Donegal


Wild Atlantic Way Aerial Shot - Ballyhiernan


Downpatrick Head
County Mayo


Wild Atlantic Way - Downpatrick


Downpatrick Head
County Mayo 


Wild Atlantic Way Aerial - Downpatrick


Dún Aonghasa
Inis Mór, County Galway


Wild Atlantic Way Aerial Shot Inis Mor


Great Blasket Island
County Galway 


Wild Atlantic Way Aerial Shot- Blasket Island


Inis Mór
County Galway


Wild Atlantic Way - Inis Mor


Dog’s Bay
County Galway 


Wild Atlantic Way - Dogs Bay


 Cliffs of Moher
County Clare


Wild Atlantic Way Aerial Shot - Cliffs of Moher


 Fanore Beach
County Clare


Wild Atlantic Way Aerial Shot - Fanore


Carrigafoyle Castle
County Kerry


Wild Atlantic Way - Carrigafoyle Castle


Charles Fort
County Cork 


Wild Atlantic Way Aerial Shot -  Charles Fort


 The Beara Coastline
County Cork 


Wild Atlantic Way Aerial Shot - Beara


Baltimore Harbour
County Cork


Wild Atlantic Way Aerial Shot- Baltimore


View from Mountain Mine
County Cork


Wild Atlantic Way- Mountain Mine


Sheep’s Head
County Cork 


Wild Atlantic Way - Sheep's Head

All photos by Raymond Fogarty and Fáilte Ireland

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