Wild Atlantic Way Spots To Get That Incredible Insta Pic

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America has Route 66 and we have the gem that is The Wild Atlantic Way. 2,500km of incredible western coastline full to the brim with charm, character and weather that can change every five minutes.

And we love it to bloody pieces!

These days more and more of us are opting to stay on the homeland and discover more of our own country, and boy oh boy does it have a lot to offer.

Let's be honest, we all say we'll take on the auld "digital detox" whilst exploring the wesht, but once you set eyes on the unreal scenery, you can't help but lash it up on social media. Why not? How else will we show off our deadly little island to everyone else?

It was a mean feat, but we managed to find our favourite Instagrammable spots along this beautiful stretch along the West.

Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal

Sitting at an impressive 751 metres, Errigal is the tallest peak in the Derryveagh Mountains and in Donegal itself.

Dubbed the "Seven Sisters" by locals, it's well known for the pinkish glow of the quartzite in the setting sun - the perfect photo op if you ask us.

Fun fact: Enya has used this stunning spot in loads of her music videos.

Glencar Lake, Co. Leitrim

This freshwater lake has a lot - not only will you see magnificent wildlife on its shores, you can also visit the Glencar Waterfall for some serious Insta-worthy shots.

W.B Yeats himself would visit this waterfall and pen his meanderings on fairies and changelings of Irish folklore. Safe to say he was inspired by this scenic spot and we've no doubt you'll be too.

Benbulbin/ Benbulben, Co. Sligo

Known as Sligo's 'Table Mountain', this impressive landmark was formed as a result of the different responses to erosion of the limestone and shale of which the mountain is formed - bit of science there for ya!

It's pretty mad to think this was formed during the Ice Age, almost 320 million years ago. Craaazzyyy.

Keem Bay, Co. Mayo

This little beaut of a bay is just past Dooagh village in the west of Achill Island and is officially one of the most westerly points in Europe. Deffo worth the journey, your Insta feed will thank us.

With a beautifully sandy beach, this perfect horseshoe bay is flanked by dramatic cliffs and has ridiculously clear waters.

Clifden, Co. Galway

If you've never been to Clifden before, you're in for a treat and if you have, you'll know this area has a special buzz and will most often lure you back again and again.

From the panoramic Sky Road, you can travel westwards to the Atlantic coast or take a quick detour north to visit Connemara National Park.

Miles upon miles of insanely beautiful coastline and mountain peaks means you'll be spoilt for choice when getting snap-happy.

Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

Let's face it, if you visit ONE spot along the Wild Atlantic Way, it's kinda gotta be these famous cliffs. This iconic spot is one of Ireland's most visited natural attractions, but don't let that put you off.

There are so many places to see the incredible coastline from the cliffs. You can feast your eyes on Hag's Head, An Branán Mór sea stack as well as the Aran Islands. If you really want to impress, why not head to Goat Island and get a few snaps of the famous puffins.

Lough Gur, Co. Limerick

As one of Ireland's most important archaeological sites, this spot in Limerick has a lot to offer. There have been human settlers at this location since about 3000BC and it's home to one of the largest stone circles in Ireland.

You'll find crannogs and the remains are Stone Age houses - this is one history lesson that will impress and a view that will blow you away.

Skellig Islands, Co. Kerry

This twin-pinnacled crag is probably best known for featuring in scenes from Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

From a distance, its twin island 'Little Skellig' is jarring and its rugged landscape cuts up from the Atlantic Ocean making a statement.

Skellig Michael still has the remains of a tower house and a megalithic stone row. The islands slopes are climbed by a set of rustic stone steps - seriously there are SO many opportunities to take incredible photos, you won't know where to start.

Mizen Head, Co. Cork

Heading right down to the bottom of our wonderful isle, Mizen Head is Ireland's most Southwesterly point and one of the more extreme points too.

Its dramatic cliff scenery sweeps across your gaze and with endless seascape and the fresh sea are on your face, you really do feel like you're at the tip of the country.

If you're lucky enough, you'll spot whales or dolphins or why not climb the iconic bridge and watch the seals bob in the ocean swell below.


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Zoe McGovern