Get Inspired / Europe / Ireland The Wild Atlantic Way Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Ireland The Wild Atlantic Way story by: Inspire Magazine Ireland has it all, from beautiful, unspoiled landscapes to dynamic cities full of buzz and vitality. Built on thousands of years of culture and history, the energy and hospitality of the Irish is known around the world, making the country a popular destination for people who are passionate about travelling. But with so much to see and do in Ireland, how could you possibly fit it all into one trip? Well, driving a car along the Wild Atlantic Way allows you the freedom to experience the best the country has to offer. This 2,500km route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, is an opportunity to explore Ireland’s spectacular west coast at your own pace. Some of the best driving holidays are those where you go off the beaten track, so don’t be afraid to ignore your itinerary every now and again! You’ll soon discover Ireland is full of charming villages bursting with character and good “craic” – Irish slang for fun and entertainment. But that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of sights to behold on the Wild Atlantic Way – in fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth. The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction. More than 1 million people flock to witness these magnificent wonders each year. Between County Clare and County Galway, you’ll come across the rugged beauty of Galway Bay and you shouldn’t let it pass you by! Keep your eyes peeled for Galway hookers – a traditional sailing boat used for fishing. The Ring of Kerry, a 79km signposted scenic route, is a fantastic chance to see a number of attractions all at once, including the picturesque Gap of Dunloe and the magnificent Muckross House. With all this and more to explore, a driving holiday in Ireland is a once-in-a-lifetime experience truly worth repeating. HOT TIP! WELL WORTH DISCOVERING is the Great Western Greenway – it’s 42km of walking and cycling trails stretching from Westport to Achill. Do a little, or the lot, depending on your time and energy levels To find out more call 0800 180 117, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore! > Click here for all Inspire UK & Europe articles > Check out all the cheapest flights to the UK & Europe here HP Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Insiders guide to the British high tea Read more Add or remove from Wishlist All About Canal Barging Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.