The Harbour Hotel is located on the Wild Atlantic Way

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The Harbour Hotel is located on the Wild Atlantic Way

Wow! That’s the best description of the Wild Atlantic Way you’ll ever hear. But if you like we can throw in beautiful, breathtaking, beguiling and bewitching. When you’ve seen it once, you’ll just want to see it again.

It is 2,600 kilometres of the most stunning coastline on the planet. Stretching from the rugged beauty of Donegal and taking in Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork, you will never cease to be amazed by the fab views and amazing backdrops. Have phones at the ready for selfie heaven!

On every section of the Wild Atlantic Way, you can savour the wonders of nature, the power of the ocean and the rugged beauty of the west coast of Ireland, as well as taking in the stunning countryside in all its diversity.

Enchanting villages are nestled along the coast while 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. Along the route there are more than 150 discovery points, over 1,000 different attractions and more than 2,500 activities.

The best place from which to explore this natural wonderland is Galway City. From the Harbour Hotel, you can drive up and down the coast and reach some of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most special spots.

Our team here at the hotel are only too happy to advise you on where to go, how to get there and what to do. You will also be guaranteed a warm welcome home at the Harbour after a long day exploring.

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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.

Stretching 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.

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 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.

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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.

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.

Keem 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.

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.

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.

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