The Wild Atlantic Way has become a popular means to inviting people from all walks of life to experience our rugged and breathtaking scenery that is featured throughout our County!
The route will guarantee you unforgettable experiences ‘where land and sea collide’. (Failte Ireland’s tagline)
We invite you to explore the route – starting from the top of Donegal in Inishowen all the way down to Cork!
To make it easier, the 2,500km route has been broken down into six regions, Donegal boasting of two!
There is the Northern Headlands that commences at the top of Inishown Pennisula featuring Malin Head (the most northerly signature point), travelling along the coastline, taking in 11 lighthouses including Fanad Head (signature point) and St John’s Point near Dunkineely. When near Letterkenny, consider checking Glenveigh National Park including the Castle (19th century), gardens, eagles, scenic cycle & walking routes around the wild moorland! Enjoy the journey through the Gaeltacht (our mother tongue) and passing our many islands ie Aran Islands that can be explored which is serviced by many ferries!
We invite you to drive through Glengesh Pass,Glencolmcille Head and then onward towards the village of Carrick and Silver Strand Beach at Malin Beag (a hidden gem with golden sand!). Nearby, you will reach the highest sea cliffs in Europe, Sliabh Liag (600m above sea swells!), a view not to be missed! Travel along until you reach Donegal Town with a backdrop of Blue Stack Mountains, which is a popular town for visitors, featuring lovely restaurants, boutiques and traditional tweed shops that hug the Diamond Obelisk, not to mention Donegal Castle (15th Century).
We then travel into the Surf Coast which starts in Rossnowlagh (small waves for the starter surfers), continue to Bundoran, a surfers paradise and along to Mullaghmore which has had surfers travelling from all around the world to experience our giant prowlers. We also host many international events in this region!
We promote travelling along the route over a three day period to give you time to explore the idyllic coastline, superb views of valleys, moorlands and the Atlantic Ocean!
For more information on the Wild Atlantic Way see; www.wildatlanticway.com