Wild Atlantic Way drive – must do experience!

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Wild Atlantic Way is a long road along west Irish coastal scenery which takes you to numerous scenic locations as well as to cliff angling spots. Follow the road to get an opportunity to reach amazing empty hidden beaches and stand on the top of one of the most incredible soaring cliffs. 

The countryside – is my favourite part of Ireland! Although my country – Poland is also full of amazing country views, the Irish landscape is unforgettable. The unique ocean coast and green hills spotted with white dots – sheep or goats. One of the most incredible pictures is farmers daily work with sheep dogs, looking after the sheep to come back to the farmhouse. Sheep – incredibly nimble, walking on the steep slopes and hillside, painted in different colours (red, blue, pink) to distinguish one herd from the other.

Wild Atlantic Way

We visited the most famous touristic spots but to tell the truth there’s lots of stunning cliffs apart Moher’s. The north-west coast is much more beautiful than the crowded cliffs of Moher.

Best is to drive from south to north,  as you stay close to the coastal view while driving left side traffic. From charming Dingle we drove to Tarbet to get a ferry to Killimer, which takes you directly into the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, and let you save 137 kilometres and an hour and a half of driving. The ferries are cheap (around 5 euro/per person), running every half an hour or an hour depending on a season. From Killimer there’s about 45 minutes drive to Loop Head – one of the most remote and beautiful places in Ireland. It stands out on the cliffs at the most south west point of County Clare with a lighthouse located at the tip of the Loop Head Peninsula.

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Dingle Peninsula

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Dingle town

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Pubs in Dingle

Charming Dingle - www.freestyletraveling.com

Charming Dingle town

Ferry from Tarbet to Killimer - www.freestyletraveling.com

Ferry from Tarbet to Killimer

Wild Atlantic Way - Loop Head, County Claire - www.freestyletraveling.com

Loop Head, County Claire – Wild Atlantic Way

Loop Head, County Claire - www.freestyletraveling.com

Loop Head, County Claire

Wild Atlantic Way - Loop Head, County Claire - www.freestyletraveling.com

Loop Head, County Claire – Wild Atlantic Way

A drive to Galway - www.freestyletraveling.com

A drive to Galway

Wild Atlantic Way - A drive to Galway - www.freestyletraveling.com

A drive to Galway – Wild Atlantic Way

Cliffs of Moher experience.

The entrance is quite expensive and be prepared for hundreds of tourists. It’s possible to take a nice walk along the cliffs if you have more than an hour to spend there. The cliffs are beautiful indeed but I totally think Slieve League is incomparable.

Wild Atlantic Way - Cliffs of Moher

Wild Atlantic Way – Cliffs of Moher

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Galway

Galway - www.freestyletraveling.com

Galway

Slieve League – why you should go!

Slieve League are the highest cliffs in Ireland, almost three times higher that Cliffs of Moher. That’s one of the places you simply can’t miss. The cliffs are located in County Donegal, if you reach the area early enough there will be no tourists. The gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean and Sligo Mountains gives you a feeling you’re on the edge of the world.

Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs - Wild Atlantic Way

Slieve League Cliffs – Wild Atlantic Way

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A road to Carrauntoohill - Kerry Climbing, south-west inland

A road to Carrauntoohill – Kerry Climbing, south-west inland

If you are looking for one of the best hiking adventures in Ireland see here: Carrauntoohil – Kerry climbing.

Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way

Howth - fishing village and cliff walk

Howth – fishing village and cliff walk

For a great cliff walk also visit Howth, a small fishing village near Dublin: Howth cliff walk.

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