Meandering along 2,500 km of stunning Irish coastline, it has become a bucket list destination for many. Lending itself perfectly to landscape photography, it owns the title of the worlds longest defined coastal driving route.

From horse-riding along its golden beaches to sea kayaking its bays and hiking its trails, we have fully embraced all that it has to offer.

With this in mind, weve compiled a list of our top 9 Wild Atlantic Way jaw-dropping sights you simply must visit.

Slieve League Cliffs

A wide angle of the Slieve League sea cliffs
πŸ“ Location: County Donegal

πŸ’‘ Did You Know? Slieve League Cliffs reach almost three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher.

At 601 metres, the Slieve League cliffs are among the highest in Ireland. Sloping into the ocean, the quartzite cliffs catch the sun perfectly. Stone slabs lead you along impressive viewing points. It is possible to venture further along the sea cliffs, though good walking shoes are a must.

Interesting fact; the Slieve League Cliffs form part of the International Appalachian Trail, as they share the same rock as the Appalachian Trail in Newfoundland Canada - which we think is pretty awesome!

Discover Slieve League on our 7 Day Magnetic North Adventure Tour.

Downpatrick Head

A man and a woman standing on the side of the cliff looking out at the sea stack at Downpatrick Head
πŸ“ Location: County Mayo

Along the windswept coast of North Mayo youll find the rocky outcrop of Downpatrick. The weather-beaten sea stack of Dun Briste rises up from the sea just off it.

Legend goes that a chieftain once lived on Dun Briste. When St Patrick failed to convert him to Christianity, St. Patrick hit the ground with his crozier, splitting the sea stack from the mainland and leaving the chieftain stranded. The multi-colored layers of rock that comprise Dun Briste give it its striking appearance. Downpatrick Head, where it is believed St Patrick banished the snakes in County Mayo

 πŸ’‘ Did You Know? The name Downpatrick comes from a time when St Patrick himself founded a church here. You can stil see the ruins of this church there today.

Visit Downpatrick Head on our 7 Day Magnetic North Adventure Tour

Cliffs of Moher

The world famous cliffs of moher

πŸ“ Location: County Clare

The iconic Cliffs of Moher are Irelands most popular natural attraction with over one million visitors a year. The cliffs stretch 8 km along the coast in County Clare and on a clear day you can see right out to the Aran Islands, Galway & Connemara.

πŸ’‘ Did You Know? The cliffs even made an appearance in Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince.

Bands of limestone combined with coastal erosion have shaped these cliffs over millennia. The interpretive centre on site is excellent, and provides interesting info on the geology and history. You can take in this spectacular landscape on the viewing platform outside the centre, or along the numerous viewing points on the cliff walk.

You can explore the Cliffs of Moher on many of our Vagabond and Driftwood tours.

Doolough Valley

The doolough valley and lake under blue skies

πŸ“ Location: County Mayo

Journeying out from Louisburg to Leenane in south Mayo youll come to the serene Doolough Valley. Enclosed by the mighty Mweelrea mountain on the right and the Partry Mountains on the left. With such beauty around you, its hard to believe that this was the site of the infamous Doolough tragedy in 1849, where 400 people perished.

A narrow winding road meanders through the valley hugging Doolough Lake. Like many places along the Wild Atlantic Way, it is best to be prepared to stop suddenly for ambling sheep!

Stand in awe at the magnificient valley and learn about it's history on our 11 Day Discover Ireland Tour.

Croagh Patrick

A guest standing at the bottom of Croagh Patrick mountain looking up to the top

πŸ“ Location: County Mayo

The famous holy mountain. It has been a pilgrimage site for over 5,000 years. First used by the Pagans, then adopted by the Christians and is located a couple of kilometres outside the picturesque town of Westport. The mountain is known locally as 'The Reek'.

The path up is the mountain is rocky and physically challenging. It is possible to walk part of the way and still take in the stunning views of Clew Bay, including Clare Island to the west and Achill Island to the north west.

Hike Croagh Patrick and admire the breathtaking views on our 7 Day Magnetic North Adventure Tour.

πŸ“· Photo credit: Vagabond guest Melissa Knipfel

Rossbeigh

A panoramic view of Rossbeigh beach from a viewing point above it and a vagabond vehicle parked up with guests overlooking the view

πŸ“ Location: County Kerry

Rossbeigh was rated by TripAdvisor as one of the top 10 beaches in Ireland in 2019. A long sandy beach with panoramic views of the Dingle and Iveragh Peninsula, Rossbeigh Beach doesn't fail to impress.

Although located along the busy Ring of Kerry, it still retains its peaceful demeanor. Popular with surfers, horse riders and walkers alike. It should be noted that the facilities here are quite good too, with toilet facilities, ample parking and a childrens playground.

At Vagabond we head to a secret viewing point to take in the breathtaking scenery overlooking the beach.

Visit Rossbeigh on our 7 Day World Tour of Ireland.

Slea Head

A view of Slea Head on the Dingle peninsula and a view of the three sisters mountains in the distance

πŸ“ Location: County Kerry

Slea Head is situated on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula. This 50km stretch of road is best experienced by taking your time, and hopping out at scenic spots along the way.

Experience one of the most beautiful drives in Ireland with Vagabond as we take you on a journey of rugged beauty and knife edge cliffs.

Must see spots include; the Gallarus Oratory, DΓΊn Chaoin pier and Slea Head itself. In brief this is a great alternative to the Ring of Kerry, and not nearly as busy.

We explore Slea Head on many of our tours including our Vagabond 7 Day World Tour of Ireland and our Driftwood 11 Day Discover Ireland Tour.

Skellig Michael, County Kerry

A frontal close up view of Skellig Michael

πŸ“ Location: County Kerry

As the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw described Skellig Michael it belongs to our dream world. A sort of forlorn beauty, removed from civilisation.

The island is located 12 km off the coast of Kerry and Irish monks made it their home during the 8th century. On the edge of the known world at the time, a sense of being closer to God is what attracted the monks to the Skellig Michael. Their pinnacles protruding from the ocean, Beehive huts left behind offer an insight into what life was like here centuries ago.

Passage to Skellig Michael can be challenging, it is best to be prepared before going. Overall Skellig Michael is truly a magical place and well worth the journey out to it.

πŸ’‘ Did You Know? Both Star Wars films 'The Force Awakens' and the 'The Last Jedi' were filmed at the islands in 2014 and 2015.

You can land on Skellig Michael on our 12 Day Giant Irish Adventure Tour.

The Beara Peninsula, County Cork & Kerry

A group of guests doing the bullig bay loop walk on the beara peninsula

πŸ“ Location: County Cork & County Kerry

The Beara Peninsula is known for it jaw dropping beauty, sweeping coastal views and patch work green fields. Of the five peninsulas in Ireland's south west it is the least visited which gives it a a unique off the beaten track feel.

Some areas to check out on the Beara peninsula include:

Garnish Island: Located in the shelters harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay. Garnish island is a haven for all sorts native & exotic flora, all of which you can discover when wandering around its famed gardens.

A group of seals lying on a tiny island on the way to Garnish Island

Gleninchaquin Park: The park is in a valley that was carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago. This has left behind some impressive features, such as a 140 meter high waterfall that streams down the back wall of the valley feeding the lakes below and the Megalithic Uragh Stone circle.

The uragh stone circle in the sunshine

The Healy Pass: Twisting and turning its way across the Beara peninsula, the Healy Pass has become a drive you must do when on Beara. A regional road that runs from Adrigole in County Cork to Lauragh in County Kerry. The road passes through two of the highest peaks in the Caha mountain range. The views here certainly do not disappoint.

Driftwood group standing beside the bus overlooking the scenery of the healy pass

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