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It's no wonder this region is called the Wild Atlantic Way.
With summer upon us, it's never been a better time to get ticking off those adventures and what better place to do it than the west coast?
Fewer places on the planet contain as many high-octane adventures as the Wild Atlantic Way, coupled with stunning scenery, breathtaking mountains and rugged scenes it's hard to spot the flaw. From the rugged Kerry coast to Donegal's dramatic landscapes, there is so much to discover out west.
So, if you're planning an adventure-filled road trip along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way this summer, we've rounded up the very best of the West:
Head southwest from Killarney town in Co. Kerry, and you'll reach Killarney National Parks, a sprawling area of wild, natural beauty. Grab your walking shoes and take a hike on one of the park's 14 walking trails, which range from moderate to strenuous. If you fancy cooling down, take a dip in the crystal clear mountain waters of Muckross Lake. As well as an abundance of outdoor adventures, Killarney National Park is also the historic Muckross House. Book yourself a guided tour, learn about the building's history and then enjoy a hearty meal in the Garden Restaurant.
Book a guided tour with Wild Water Adventures and embark on a kayaking journey like no other. On this trip, you'll kayak the waters that surround Fenit and explore the stunning Kerry coastline, as you take in the area's landmarks and the local marine life. As these waters are sheltered, you're offered a smooth kayaking experience, allowing you to really enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. To make your adventure truly unforgettable, book a sunset lighthouse tour, and kayak out to Little Samphire Island as the sun goes down.
The Wild Atlantic Way is renowned for its oysters, and a visit to the Sligo Oyster Experience allows you to enjoy the seafood like never before. Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Sligo Bay, and with stunning views of Benbulbin, this is an idyllic location to sample some delicious food. On this owner-led tour, you'll learn all about the care and craft that goes into farming oysters. Afterwards, you'll be treated to some delicious oysters, local craft beer and plenty of bubbles. This summer, the Sligo Oyster Experience kicks off on June 16th.
In the northern corner of the Wild Atlantic Way is Glenveagh National Park, an area of sprawling, rugged natural beauty that includes the Derryveagh Mountains and the Poisoned Glen.
A brilliant way to explore this region is by bike. Electric bikes, regular road bikes, kids bikes and buggies and ability bikes are all available to hire from Grassroutes. Saddle up and take in the many trails of this unique region. What's more, many of the cycle tracks lead to Glenveagh Castle. Take a tour of this impressive building, and pop into the tearoom and restaurant to refuel.
For a completely unique road trip, head to the Burren, Co. Clare, and explore all it has to offer on the Burren Discovery Trail. On this route, you'll drive through this impressive landscape, making pit stops in the beloved, colourful towns along the way.
Visit the home of slow food in St Tola Goat Farm in Ennistymon and discover the region's history and folklore at the Burren Visitor Centre in Kilfenora. There, you'll gain a fascinating insight into your unique surroundings and the rich history of the region. There is also plenty of nature to explore along the route as well, from Lough Bunny to the forests and wetlands of Coole Park.
With interactive, sensory exhibitions and fun games along the way, the International Rugby Experience has something to offer every visitor. This recently opened attraction charts the history of rugby – from its humble beginnings to the global phenomenon it is today. You'll also get a chance to brush up on your own skills and compete against friends and family in the interactive zone. You don't need to be rugby mad to appreciate the impressive building designed by award-winning Irish architect Niall McLaughlin. Indeed, it's well worth a visit to take in the incredible 7-storey red-brick structure.
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