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There’s something about the way the sun reflects off the wild Irish grass; wet with sea dew; it glows with a neon vibrancy that is pure Irish green. The long and rugged coast winds its way around the west coast of Ireland, passing jaw-dropping cliff views, ruined castles, gorgeous nature park, colorful little towns, and cozy local pubs with live trad music. The Wild Atlantic Way embodies quintessential Ireland around every corner and down every path. I could barely click my finger fast enough to capture all these photos to inspire you to visit the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. Every photograph transports me back to this special place in Ireland, where I felt wild, free, and at home. I hope these photos of authentic Ireland encourage you to go see the magical Irish green with your own eyes.
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Lush Killarney National Park has tumbling waterfalls and sweeping viewpoints. Extend your Wild Atlantic Way road trip with a drive around Muckross Lake, or get out of the car to stretch your legs with kilometers of scenic walking trails. Take time to experience the culture and history of Killarney by touring Ross Castle, or exploring Muckross Abbey with the historic graveyards and ancient Yule Tree.
The rugged Cliffs of Moher light up when the sun peeks out from behind the clouds. Visiting the cliffs for sunrise and sunset is a must to see how the light changes, but even with a bit of rain, the cliffs are striking. To avoid the crowds, start at the Cliff’s Walking Trail and continue down past the visitor’s center to watch the scenery unfold before your very eyes.
Sprinkled along the Wild Atlantic Way are hidden secrets only known to the locals from the county. If you slow down and take your time to get off the beaten path, you’ll be rewarded with ancient stone circles tucked away in a remote sheep pasture – looking out to sea; a secluded nature park on the Ring of Beara with a crashing waterfall and grazing sheep below; ruined castles without another soul in sight. Travel on the shoulder season, take it nice and slow and leave plenty of time to take stunning photographs along the Irish West Coast.
The Slea Head drive around the Dingle Peninsula is a truly magical place. With cliffs lower than Moher, you get an intimate look at the crashing waves as sea spray kisses your face, and the wind whips your hair. Break up the larger than life scenery with cultural experiences like sheepdog demonstrations with a real Irish farmer and historic sites like cross markers, museums, and beehive huts.
Stunning photo opportunities of Irish castles, abbeys, and ruins are strewn across the Wild Atlantic Way. Explore the manicured gardens and kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, wander the grounds expansive ruined Abbeys tucked away on remote islands off the coast of Baltimore.
One of the most surprising things about traveling the Wild Atlantic Way across Ireland was the colorful houses and bright seaside towns. Vivid pinks, blues, yellows, and greens light up the dark and rainy Irish days. The colorful towns of Kinsale, Allihies, and Sneem have picture-perfect flower beds, bright window sills, and wildly painted front doors. Spend plenty of time walking the side streets before ducking into a cozy pub.
Whoever said Irish food was bland and tasteless has never visited the Wild Atlantic Way. With fish and chips hole in walls to die for and Michelin, Star gourmet eat the food along the coast is as delicious as the scenery. Of course, you can’t forget the thick creamy Guinness – or Murpheys to wash it all down.
I hope these dreamy photos of the stunning Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland inspired you to visit. These photos don’t do the Irish coast justice. Being there to feel the wind and the sea, and to explore the colorful towns was one of the best trips I took in 2019. So, what are you waiting for? Hit the road and slow travel the Wild Atlantic Way with these photos to inspire you.
Susanna grew up in small-town Alaska where the changing climate was always on her mind. Through traveling, she gained an interest in the power of sustainable and regenerative travel. She has an MSc in environmental science; her thesis focused on building tourism models to benefit biodiversity. She focuses on the intersection of sustainable travel and environmental science. When she's not outside playing, you'll find her drinking whiskey with her cat and partner while trying to get to level 99 in life.