A few must-sees along the Wild Atlantic Way – Images by Raymond Fogarty
Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare
Over 700 feet high, and 8 km long, the Cliffs of Moher offer spectacular views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, The Twelve Bens, Loop Head, the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. The Cliffs of Moher (Moher meaning ruined fort in Irish) are named after a 1st century BC fort that used to be located on the cliffs.
Malin Head, Co Donegal
At Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head in Co Donegal has epic views over the ocean. Think you have to travel to Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights? The Aurora Borealis is visible in all its splendour from Malin Head at different times of the year – you just might be lucky enough to catch them.
Mullaghmore Head, Co Sligo
A famous surfing spot, Mullaghmore is probably best known in surfing circles for its ‘Prowlers’ – a wave that can swell up to 100ft. The rugged coastline offers amazing views of Sliabh Liag Cliffs and Benbulben.
Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo
With great views of the Atlantic and the Staggs of Broadhaven, Folklore has it that Dún Briste, the large sea stack rising from the sea off Downpatrick
Head, was formed when St Patrick struck the ground with his crozier in anger after a pagan chieftain, Crom Dubh refused to convert to Christianity.
Blaskets View, Co Kerry
On the very western tip of the Wild Atlantic Way, just off the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry, you can see the famed Blasket Islands. The largest of the
Islands, The Great Blasket used to have 175 people living here, but by 1953, the last of the inhabitants moved to the mainland. Today, you can visit the deserted villages of the islands by boat.
Mizen Head, Co Cork
Known for its dramatic cliffs and breathtaking scenery, Mizen Head, the most south-westerly point of Ireland, used to be the last and first place seafarers would see on their trip across the Atlantic. From the cliffs, you can see Fastnet Lighthouse on a rock called ‘Ireland’s Teardrop’.