Spanning the length of Ireland's spectacular West Coast, the Wild Atlantic Way is the best walking route of Ireland. Follow this trail along Ireland's Atlantic seaboard for over 1,500 miles, the longest coastal path in the world. Experience the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way with our cottages to rent near Ireland's West Coast. Our Wild Atlantic Way cottages are the ideal choice for a walking holiday in Ireland.
From North to South, or vice versa, the Wild Atlantic Way provides a journey like no other. The Wild Atlantic Way has towering sea cliffs like Slieve league and Moher; huge Atlantic waves that pound the shoreline; soft sand that stretch to the horizon; and fishing communities that offer a warm and wholehearted welcome.
Fáilte Ireland has created nine themes spanning 5,000 years of history.
Ireland’s Ancient East is carpeted by lush landscapes and idyllic towns, framed by the River Shannon and the Irish Sea. But this land is also full of secrets.
Stretching from Newgrange and the Boyne Valley in the north east and ranging through the midlands all the way down via Kilkenny’s Medieval mile to Waterford’s Viking Quarter and Cork’s many cultural attractions.
There are many treasures in the south and east that are older than the pyramids, set in an ancient green landscape - passage tombs, dolmens and Stone Age observatories that are found throughout Ireland’s Ancient East. Visitors can wonder at the meanings behind the largest concentrations of carved Stone Age artwork and Celtic gold artefacts in Western Europe as well as hear from the locals themselves the stories that infuse this landscape of ancient warriors and Celtic druids.
Spanning 193km, this amazing coastal route from Belfast to Derry-Londonderry will captivate your heart. From incredible must-see attractions, endless outdoor activities, stunning landscapes and fascinating history and culture, it’s no wonder that the Causeway Coastal Route is one of the greatest scenic drives in the world.
The Causeway coastal Route encompasses breath-taking landscapes, beautiful beaches and waterfalls, and world-famous landmarks. Stretching from Belfast to Derry-Londonderry, the route winds through the amazing coastal countryside and will be a memorable experience.
Must-sees would include the Giant’s Causeway (a UNESCO world heritage site in County Antrim), Dunluce Castle (16th Century ruins), The Gobbins and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (a cliff path and rope bridge), the Old Bushmills Distillery (Ireland’s oldest working distillery), or the Antrim Coast (fantastical filming locations for the iconic hit series ‘Game of Thrones’)!
The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (39 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres (92 ft) thick in places.
The Blarney Stone (Irish: Cloch na Blarnan) is a block of Carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.