The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s First Long-Distance Driving Route from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork

A journey shaped by the invading sea, with world famous views that will take your breath away. From cliff top views to great hikes and from historic cities to picture perfect coastal villages and some of the best surfing in the world, the Wild Atlantic Way scenic drive caters for tourists of all ages and tastes. If your holiday itinerary allows for only a few days or up to several weeks look no further, as the Wild Atlantic Way route has it all.

The route is 2,500km long and includes 156 discovery points along the way but the route itself has hundreds of others for individuals to discover by themselves. There are also 15 designated ‘Signature Experience’ points along the way.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.

Day Trips can be arranged from the hotel to The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren, with collection from the hotel.

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The Burren

The Burren takes its name from the Irish word 'bhoireann' meaning, 'a stony place' or 'a rocky place', which is a good description for this 350 sq kilometres limestone plateau in North Clare.

As the largest karstic limestone area in Western Europe, the Burren is an anomaly in the Irish landscape and continues to fascinate geologists who come to study its limestone patterns, underground rivers and grykes (cracks).

Day Trips can be arranged from the hotel to The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren, with collection from the hotel.

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Aran Islands

In Galway Bay lie three rocky limestone outcrops that make up the Aran Islands. They are a bastion of traditional language, culture and music, unique in their geology and archaeology and unrivalled in their potent sense of history.

A highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way with it's Cliffs and spectacular coastal views, The Aran Islands (Islands of Saints and Scholars) is located just off Galway in the Atlantic. A true Irish experience where locals speak Irish as well as English and scattered with celtic churches of historical importance.

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Connemara National Park

The breath-taking landscapes, rugged hills and captivating colours of Connemara are an experience never to be forgotten, it is a landscape of lakes and mountains, dominated by the purples and browns of the surrounding bog-land.

A one-hour drive will take you from the hotel, through Connemara as far as Kylemore Abbey. Here you can take in the walled gardens and displays featuring the cultural heritage of the region. Our team can arrange entrance into this iconic visitor attraction at preferential rates; it is also an ideal place to stop for lunch.

Just 4km from Kylemore Abbey is Connemara National Park, where the Loop Walk (1.5km) is a perfect way experience the topography of the Bog-land at first hand before heading back to the Galway City Centre and Harbour Hotel. You can also climb Diamond Hill from here, so called as the rock sparkles in the sunshine.

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