Thanks. The Abbey itself is a Benedictine monastery that was founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. Our next stop is the Folk Village in Glencolmcille. Over the course of your stroll you’ll encounter sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes, saltwater lakes, rock face and, of course, coniferous and deciduous woodlands. The sun was blazing, the roads were quiet, and around every narrow bend some new, unexpected piece of scenery slapped me in the face. After visiting Malin Head recently, the one thing that hit me, and that stuck with me long after my visit, was the sheer power of mother nature. // Dursey Island to Kenmare – allow for 2 hours (leave Dursey Island at 10:40, arrive in Kenmare for 12:40) //. You could spend 11 days driving along it and you could just as easily spend 11 months. For those that fancy giving this a shot, the entire circuit of the Lower and Upper trails measures around 7km and should take between 2.5 – 3 hours. This is a thatched-roof replica of a rural village offers a glimpse into what daily life was like in years past. This is one of my favourite walks on our Wild Atlantic Way itinerary. // Ards Forest Park to Doe Castle – 13-minute drive (leave the forest at 11:50, arrive to Doe Castle for 12:03) //. Unspoiled. At the second timber stile you will begin to descend the hill. At this stage, you’ll have driven and walked a fair amount, so you should be wrecked. Colleen flies into the gateway to the west of Ireland, Shannon Airport where she starts her trip highlighting family friendly attractions in the area. You may have seen videos from this pub back when Star Wars was being shot in the area (Mark Hamill was shot pulling a pint at the bar). I know I keep saying it, but day 7 of our Wild Atlantic Way itinerary is AMAZING! This guide is such an insight to Ireland. This is a nice unique experience to round your day off in style. I’m going to recommend that you stay in a B&B called Brannen’s, which is right in the center of the town. You’ll enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding Connemara countryside, coastline and islands over the course of the 1 – 1 and a half hours that it takes to complete. Spanning an impressive 16,000 hectares, Glenveagh encompasses most of the Derryveagh Mountains, the Poisoned Glen and part of Errigal Mountain. Grab your breakfast in Brannen’s and then get on the road! Of course, if you’d rather skip the maps, you can follow the signposts. Downpatrick Head is also the location of one of the World War 11 stone aerial markers that were placed along the Irish coast to identify the land below as neutral Eire during World War 11. After leaving the Quiet Man Bridge, you’ll be driving along the N59 road towards Clifden. If you’d prefer to avoid the walk (which we’ll be doing for this trip), the drive around Horn Head is also fantastic. You may have heard me raving about Brow Head before – it’s justified, trust me! It’s the off-the-beaten-track adventures that take a road trip from great to out-of-this-world. We’re in no rush. The route is signposted from here.’. The island is scattered with peat bogs, rugged mountains, towering sea cliffs and beautiful clean beaches and bays. Yes, I had a semi oh-shit moment when I met a van coming towards me with no intention of stopping and I had to reverse back around the mountain on a road barely wider than the car, but it was amazing. There are several walks you can do here – the road walk to Banbas crown is roughly 12km and will take you around 5 hours depending on fitness levels. The road at Healy Pass, which was constructed in 1847 during the years of the famine, looks like a giant snake from above, slithering its way through the two highest summits in the Caha mountain range. I can’t even begin to recommend this enough. Achill is incredible. You’re in for another early-morning treat. Wild. Spend a bit of time having a gander. Get an early night, tonight, as we’ve another busy day tomorrow (we’ll factor in a lie-in, of sorts, for the morning of day 10… promise). The view above is what you’ll be treated to. The walk costs just €10 and finishes up at the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre. When gawked at from above, the narrow, winding road that leads up to the pier can only be described as a charming little slice of architectural madness. However, I have seen many mobile homes on my travels around Ireland over the years. Although you won’t need a hiking GPS guide by Globo Surf for this hike, they’re handy to have with you for some of the longer hikes in Ireland. // Maghera Strand to Ardara – 17-minute drive (leave the strand at 14:40, arrive to Ardara for 14:57) //. On a busy day, this’ll be a nervous drivers nightmare, but just take your time and drive carefully. You are amazing! It’s like taking a step back in time. You’ll have built up an appetite after the stroll, so we’re heading to Shell’s Café for fish and chips by the sea. Later this year we are doing North Galway/Mayo/Achill Island for the umpteenth time – with friends who have never been there. // Kinvarra to Galway City – 45-minute drive (leave Kinvarra at 13:30, arrive in Galway City for 14:15) //. Hop back into the car and head in the direction of the Doolin Cave. If you visit Ireland during the winter months when the sun sets early, leave this drive until the morning. Driving the Conor Pass was one of my highlights from my last trip to Kerry. Wild Atlantic Way, from July 12th - 22nd, 2020. We’re going to do the View Point Trail (takes 1-hour) on this trip. One of the markers on the Wild Atlantic Way. Note: you need to be extremely careful of tides and strong currents – check locally regarding the best time to visit. Get a lie-in this morning and get on the road for 10:30. We are coming in May for 12 days and are thinking of doing this great trip you’ve laid out. Flying in to Dublin (think it’s the cheapest) and wanting to visit the Southwest side of Ireland. //. I’ve visited the Kerry Cliffs twice now, and on both occasions, I was one of maybe 2 or 3 other people that were there at the time. // You should arrive in Bantry for 1:45 hungry, a little jaded from the driving, but full of the giddiness that accompanies a drive like Sheep’s Head. There is a military museum and a separate cafe. The Wild Atlantic Way beings on the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal and travels through Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry. At the summit, you’ll be treated to panoramic views across all of Connemara. The Discovery Points shown below are selected to help you plan your visit with the Signature Discovery Points of Skellig Michael  and The Blasket Islands  marked with orange map markers on our map of Kerry Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points below. What I love about this place is that it’s literally at the side of the road, so if it’s raining away you can kick back in your car, lower the window a tad and soak up the sights and the sounds. Is it possible you have a reverse itinerary please, However you could just start at the bottom of your guide and work your way back up (i.e. Make sure and stock up on coffee before leaving – we’ve a long, lovely journey before we reach our final destination for the night. Finish off your trip with a creamy pint of Guinness in the pub near the pier. When you reach the island, have a ramble around and enjoy spectacular views of the gorgeous Beara Peninsula. Let me know if there’s anything you specifically need help with. You’ll also happen upon the remains of four ring forts together with a holy well and a mass rock. I recently returned home from an incredible week-long trip exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. I am sure it will be used be many many visitors. We covered quite a bit of ground as you can see and I’m tired of reading TripAdvisor reviews of everyone saying that’s too much to plan or too much ground to cover, we’ve now done it and know it can be done! // Malin Head to the tavern – 4-minute drive (leave Malin Head at 14:30, arrive for foooood at 14:34) //. Our first stop is at Coumeenoole Beach, a place I’ve been to many times before. Our first stop of the day offers the perfect opportunity to escape the car and stretch your legs. Take the roads that tickle your fancy. As you explore Malin head, keep an eye out for a large ‘EIRE’ on the ground nearby, written out in white stones to remind aircraft that they were flying over a neutral state during the war. The drive we’re about to do is called the Atlantic Drive. Note: If you’re looking to do the Wild Atlantic Way in 5 days, you could easily plan your trip up until this point. From here, the view is just out of this world. Any suggestions? The guided Doolin cliff walk is a unique and active way to experience the Cliffs of Moher and is run by local expert Pat Sweeney. // Enniscrone Beach to Knocknarea – 47-minute drive (leave Enniscrone at 14:00, arrive at Knocknarea for 14:47) //. Lough Salt is a small mountain lake located at the base of Lough Salt Mountain. Our first stop is to Kilbaha to check out the cliffs at Loop Head Lighthouse. // Clifden village to the Skyroad viewing point – 11-minute drive (arrive at the viewing point for 18:22 – allow plenty of time to stop… it’s amazing) //. Thanks for visiting the Irish road trip! Glad you found the guide useful. Map of Kerry Discovery Points & Ferry Embarkation Points This corner of Ireland possesses the unique ability to make you feel like you’re the only person left on earth. My only piece of advice for this drive is to stop and wander wherever and whenever the feeling takes you. It’s been a long productive day. Thank you for your article! The hand-built stone wall sealed the deal for me. When you’re finished here, take the short spin to Portsalon Beach and have a ramble or just kick-back and take it all in. And just relish every second of the glorious scenery that lays all around you. It takes in an abundance of attractions and fabulous views on the western end of the peninsula. There’s two options for this stop – you can throw on the walking boots and head off on a walk along the cliffs (takes roughly three hours), or you can drive the Horn Head loop. It is becoming a bit of a goal to visit as many of the Wild Atlantic Way markers along the coast. Time for a bit of R&R in a town called Newport. The chances of encountering another road like the one at the Glengesh Pass is slim to none. Stretch the legs and gulp down lungfuls of fresh air. // Knocknarea to Shell’s Cafe – 11-minute drive (leave Knocknarea at 16:40, arrive at the cafe for 16:51) //. Is the Wild Atlantic Way signposted? A friend who is unfortunately no longer with us took me here many years ago. This is a fantastic little beach that’s surrounded by jagged cliffs and spectacular coastal scenery. Let me know! By this stage you’re probably starving, so we’ll stop for a bit of food not far from Maghera Strand. Here’s what you’ll get if you take the time to read it. The wild, ever-changing landscapes, the isolation, the people and the fact that you’ll find that many places you visit will have few or no tourists milling about make it an absolute gem of a place to spend a day or 7. The Céide Fields consist of field systems, dwelling areas, and megalithic tombs. 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