The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way

by Steven Hanna

The Wild Atlantic Way – 1,600 miles of weaving coastal roads along which you can explore the rugged beauty of the west coast of Ireland. From the Inishowen Peninsula along County Donegal’s northerly tip to the beautiful southern seaside town of Kinsale in County Cork. Listen to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash onto the shoreline, see majestic cliffs and sandy beaches, stop off in some of the many coastal towns and villages along the way to sample some great food and enjoy a Guinness! The Wild Atlantic Way has so much to offer!

The Wild Atlantic Way is one of any photographer’s dream locations. As a professional photographer, I have gone there many times to capture moments in time – the ever-changing light, the drama, the ruggedness, the beauty! In this article I’ve chosen three locations along the Atlantic Way, which if you are intending to visit Ireland, you shouldn’t miss.

Firstly, the Cliffs of Moher – one of the top tourist locations in the whole of Ireland. These majestic and breathtaking sea cliffs are situated in County Clare. Walk along amazing cliff top paths, take in the views out to the Atlantic Ocean and if you are there in May or June you’ll get to see the puffin colony.

Malin Head – this is either the start or end of the Wild Atlantic Way, depending on which direction you intend to travel! Malin Head, in County Donegal, is the most northerly part of Ireland and is known for its unspoiled natural beauty, seascapes, variety of wildlife and more recently, its location as a film set for Star Wars.

Finally, in my top three ‘must see’ locations is Slea Head. The Slea Head Drive has to be one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. Set on the western point of the Dingle Peninsula, this circular route forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The pace is slow here, with parts of the route down to single track, but just take your time and enjoy what the Slea Head area has to offer – you will not be disappointed!
I hope this has whetted your appetite to come and visit us here in Ireland. We have stunning scenery, great food and so much more. By following the Wild Atlantic Way you will have opportunities to see the beauty of Ireland from north to south.

Why not make your visit complete with a constant reminder of your trip by having a Nebo Fine Art print on your wall. We have many images of the Wild Atlantic Way and many other locations in Ireland to choose from – click here to go to our gallery where you can browse through our collections.

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