THE HARBOUR HOTEL IS LOCATED ON THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY IN THE HEART OF GALWAY

The Wild Atlantic Way, 2600 km (1600 miles) in length, is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world.

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.

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. Behind every bend on this magical coastal road a new delight awaits. The wild Atlantic with its unrestrained and untameable tides and storms has continuously been moulding the west coast of Ireland.

Along the route there are 157 discovery points, 1000 attractions and more than 2500 activities. The Atlantic Ocean is the backdrop to one of the world's most scenic drives. Right in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way is the jewel in the crown of the west coast; Galway city. As the only city on the route, Galway is ideally located as a stop off on this magnificent tour. Internationally regarded as one of the world’s friendliest cities, Galway is renowned for its wonderful atmosphere and abundance of festivals.

CLIFFS OF MOHER, CO CLARE

The Cliffs Of Moher, The iconic Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most visited natural attractions. Stretching for 8km (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of Clare, the cliffs reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point at Knockardakin.
Midway along the cliffs you'll find the environmentally friendly visitor centre set into the hillside. Here, you can also discover O'Brien's Tower, a 19th century viewing tower, and access 800m (2624 feet) of protected cliff side pathways with viewing areas.

LOOP HEAD & LIGHTHOUSE

On the splendid Loop Head Peninsula, right on the very western edge of Clare, you’ll find this pristine lighthouse, a driving route peppered with beautiful flora, the headland teeming with coastal birdlife and views that unravel all the way to the Cliffs of Moher. Head to the top of the lighthouse to take it all in from a 90-metre height and keep an eye out for the 160+ dolphins that call these waters home.

Explore Clare

CO CLARE

Looking for a taste of life on the edge? You couldn’t do much better than the captivating coastal county of Clare. Tucked away on the Cliff Coast, this unique landscape has been beautifully shaped by the Atlantic elements.

SALTHILL, CO GALWAY

When the sun is out in Galway, there’s no better place to be than at Salthill. Sheltered among the many beachy coves along this Blue Flag-designated shoreline, you can sunbathe, explore among the rocks, join the swimmers in the lapping waves, or simply relax.

DERRIGIMLAGH, CO GALWAY

Derrigimlagh, Co. GalwayStretching from the Atlantic shore towards the mighty Twelve Bens, Derrigimlagh blanket bog is one of Europe's most magnificent wetland environments and a place of wonder, innovation and daring. The bog boasts a rich archaeology, dating back over 6,000 years but also has a remarkable modern history. In the early 20th century, Derrigimlagh was at the centre of two outstanding transatlantic technological achievements: the first in communications, the second in transport marking the beginning of an era of modernity.

CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK, CO GALWAY

Thrumming with wildlife and a treasure trove of prehistoric sites, the Connemara National Park is easily one of Ireland’s most beautiful. A bird watcher’s delight, its 2,957 hectares of mountain, forest and grassland boast three unmissable trails that with scenery in spades.

DUNGUAIRE CASTLE, KINVARA, CO. GALWAY

Dunguaire Castle has stood proudly on the site of the 7th-century stronghold of Guaire, the King of Connaught, for centuries. Today the Castle provides an insight into the lifestyle of its inhabitants from 1520 to modern times. Dunguaire also hosts evening medieval banquets and entertainment, featuring extracts from literary greats such as Synge, Yeats, Shaw and O’Casey.

Explore Galway

CO GALWAY

Tucked alongside the Atlantic Ocean next to sweeping bays, craggy inlets and some of the rarest and most precious wild terrain in the world, County Galway is an obvious choice for your Wild Atlantic Way getaway.


Galway is one county that knows how to make the most of its charms.

KEEM BAY, CO MAYO

Keem Bay, Co MayoKeem Bay on Achill Island, Ireland's largest island, nestles at the head of a valley between Benmore cliffs and Croaghaun Mountain. To reach this idyllic spot just follow the Atlantic Drive to Keel and then westward via a cliff-top road with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The beach, which is lifeguarded during the summer months, is very popular with swimmers and is the site of a Blueway snorkel trail. If you're feeling so inspired there are several activity providers in the area that offer equipment hire and tuition or you could keep your feet dry and your eyes peeled for the porpoises that regularly visit this sheltered bay and stage amazing acrobatic displays.

ERRIS

Once voted the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland by the Irish Times, the mountain-rippled barony of Erris is undoubtedly off the beaten track. From its white sand beaches frequented by surfers to the wide open countryside fringed by perfectly walkable cliffs, it’s a dream.

ACHILL ISLAND

Whether you arrive via the Great Western Greenway or across the Michael Davitt Bridge, Ireland’s largest island is simply unmissable, boasting 148 km2 of bogland, mountains and pristine beaches to explore. Be sure to get to know the locals; the population here is just 2,700.

Explore Mayo

CO MAYO

County Mayo boasts both northern and western Atlantic coastlines, beginning with the southern and western end of the Surf Coast and merging with the northern reaches of the breezy Bay Coast. With surf meccas, ancient sites, plunging mountainsides, and unspoilt wilderness making up a beautiful patchwork of built and natural heritage, it’s the perfect place to get away.

For more details, visit the Wild Atlantic Way website: www.wildatlanticway.com