The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way Route

The island of Ireland boasts some of the most spectacular coastline in Western Europe with the Wild Atlantic Way running the entire length of the Western seaboard.

In fact, The Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland is the longest defined coastal driving route on earth and Dream Ireland Holiday Homes are lucky enough to have many beautiful coastal holiday cottages dotted along the scenic touring route, from Donegal to Cork.

Whether you are looking for a private beach villa or a seaside resort, then Dream Ireland has the perfect accommodation to suit your needs.


The Wild Atlantic Way route is easy to navigate and is very well sign posted with the distinctive Wild Atlantic Way logo.

You can choose to drive it from North to South or South to North, bearing in mind that in Ireland we drive on the left-hand side of the road, so if you are driving it from South to North you will be on the Atlantic Ocean side of the road, which means you can enjoy the panoramic views from the comfort of your car and easily pull in for impromptu photo opportunities.

Take your time on The Wild Atlantic Way.  This self drive touring route is yours to explore and enjoy, so make the most of it. Yes, Ireland is a small country, but remember, The Wild Atlantic Way is 2750 km in length. If time is not on your side, you may choose either the South or North portion to explore. The Wild Atlantic Way is a breath taking and unforgettable journey of soaring cliffs which frame both traditional Irish towns and cosmopolitan cities along its route.

So, whether you drive it from end-to-end, just hit the high spots or are looking to unearth and explore its hidden gems, Dream Ireland’s coastal properties offer the perfect base with a choice of beach cottages or seaside villas to suit all your individual needs and budgets.  Explore some of Ireland’s most beautiful Wild Atlantic sights while enjoying the comforts of home. Dream Ireland also offer a range of quiet and tranquil seaside holiday cottages in scenic coastal locations across Ireland, for those who are looking to get away from it all.

Food along the Wild Atlantic


The Wild Atlantic Way food choices can range from budget to five stars. It really depends on what you want to spend. Whether you choose a fish and chip takeaway or a gourmet restaurant, you won’t be disappointed!

Mussles and Guinness on the Wild Atlantic Way

Meals in Traditional Irish Pubs are generally quite reasonably priced. The Wild Atlantic Way is as much a foodie journey as it is a tourist route with many restaurants serving fresh fish dishes and local produce alongside traditional music and a side order of good old Irish Craic!

Sights along the Wild Atlantic Way

There are so many things to see along the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s impossible to devise a definitive list, because what you might see today you may not see tomorrow! Yes, the sights are amazing but it’s also about the personal experiences – the friendly farmer or shopkeeper you’ll meet along the way, the traffic jam of sheep, the field of spring lambs leaping in the sunshine or that breathtaking sun setting behind Ireland’s famous green hills.


Of course, there are many places of interest along the Wild Atlantic Way and a few not to be missed which include the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most popular and picturesque tourist destinations, the monumental Skellig Michael  on Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula (which recently rose to fame as a Star Wars movies location), Ireland’s famous islands of Achill and Aran, the rugged and uncultivated landscapes of the Burren in Co Clare or stand on Ireland’s most westerly point on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula.

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Don’t try to rush to fit it all in though.  Take your time to really explore a place. Slow down and take a breath, the experience is so much more fulfilling. And remember, there are no motorways, you are driving on narrow and winding country roads which is an experience in itself.

Places to stay along The Wild Atlantic Way

From blustery Malin Head to the splendid Kinsale Harbour and onto Dingle, Ireland’s westernmost point, immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the west coast of Ireland. If you are looking for something a little different, why not explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way using a Dream Ireland coastal villa as a base.

Dream Ireland Holiday Homes offer a selection of handpicked holiday cottages, apartments and homes by the sea and villas with sea views and luxury seaside lodges along the Irish coast including pet friendly beach locations and family friendly holiday homes.

Dream Ireland has holiday cottages in Kerry, Cork, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. These are the ideal private hideaways offering panoramic coastal views.  Some of our most popular holiday homes along the Wild Atlantic Way can be found at Barleycove Beach, Rossbeigh, Derrynane, Ventry, Mulranny, Silver Strands, Enniscrone, Sheep Havens Bay, Allihies Beach, Keem Bay, Mullaghmore, Fanore, Rossnowlagh, Lahinch, Kilkee, Inchydoney and Tragumna.


Many of our holiday homes have direct access to beaches with many also offering onsite facilities.  Enjoy a wonderful base along the Wild Atlantic Way and make memories that will stay with you forever. The perfect choice for your summer holiday with family and friends.

We also offer a range of pet friendly beach holiday cottages giving the comforts of home to you and your pet as well as beautiful beaches to walk and swim your dog.

Activities along the Wild Atlantic Way

While it is a fantastic tourist driving route, there are many activities to be enjoyed and explored along the way from surfing, horseback riding and kayaking to seaweed baths, cliff walks and hiking.

For a break from the norm why not visit the Sheep’s Head Lighthouse, along the Beara Peninsula, it is one of the most remote locations in Ireland. Take the Cable Car to Dursey Island, Ireland’s only cable car connecting the end of the Beara Peninsula to Dursey Island on the Beara Way.

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Kayak… Whether it be The Lakes of Killarney or Dingle Bay! Don’t forget Dingle has a resident dolphin, named Fungi, so if you are out on the bay you might just see him.

Experience “craic agus ceol” (fun and music) in Westport or Doolin. Hit the surf in Lahinch, it’s popular with both beginners and professionals alike, and is an opportunity not to be missed when you’re in this part of the world.

With many beaches offering a host of seasonal beach activities like horse-riding, surfing, windsurfing you won’t have to try the same activity twice on your Wild Atlantic adventure. One thing to remember when you are exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s all about quality and the experience, not just ticking the boxes.

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Realise your Wild Atlantic dream…book with Dream Ireland Holiday Homes by visiting our website or calling our dedicated sales team.

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