IN­TER­EST­ING FACTS ABOUT WILD AT­LANTIC WAY

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Ire­land's Wild At­lantic Way on the outer edge of Europe stretches along the west coast of Ire­land. It be­gins on the Inishowen Penin­sula in Co Done­gal and goes through the coun­ties Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Gal­way, Clare, Lim­er­ick and Kerry, fin­ish­ing in Kin­sale, County Cork. The route which is over 2,600km long is di­vided into 14 stages.

It is one of the long­est de­fined coastal route in the world. It winds its way all along the Ir­ish west coast from the Inishowen Penin­sula in the north down to the pic­turesque town of Kin­sale, County Cork, in the south. This route from start to fin­ish un­folds the won­ders of na­ture, the power of the ocean and its im­print on the west coast of Ire­land, and the stun­ning coun­try­side in all its di­ver­sity.

En­chant­ing vil­lages are nes­tled along the coast as well as an­cient mon­u­ments – their ori­gins hav­ing long sunk into the mists of obliv­ion dot the land­scape.

The wild At­lantic with its un­re­strained and un­tame­able tides and storms has con­tin­u­ously been mould­ing the west coast of Ire­land. With a con­stant meet­ing of wa­ter and land, a deeply in­dented and wild ter­rain has emerged with tow­er­ing cliffs, spell­bind­ing bays and beaches, mys­ti­cal is­lands, al­ways chang­ing and never reach­ing the end. In the iso­la­tion or per­haps ex­pressed in a dif­fer­ent way liv­ing near and with the At­lantic at your doorstep has en­sured that old tra­di­tions and the Ir­ish lan­guage have been pre­served. A trip along the Wild At­lantic Way is also an en­counter with the past.

Achill Is­land is at the heart of the Wild At­lantic Way, and Keem Bay is one of the 14 Sig­na­ture Dis­cov­ery Points that span the route. The breath­tak­ing scenery of the west coast of Ire­land is un­ri­valled and Achill epit­o­mises all that is dra­matic and wild about the route, with an­cient cas­tles, pre­his­toric sites and tow­er­ing cliffs.

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