Win An Unforgettable Trip Along The Wild Atlantic Way On Ireland’s West Coast
Stretching 1,500 miles from Malin Head in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast leads you through one of the world’s most dramatic and stunning coastal landscapes.
Classic FM’s Bill Turnbull has been touring this wild and rugged landscape discovering not only its breath-taking beauty, but also the stories and warmth of its people.
Together with Tourism Ireland, Classic FM is giving you the chance to experience the magic for yourself – visiting picturesque viewpoints, sampling some of Ireland’s freshest foods and joining in the craic with friendly locals along the route.
Discover The Wild Atlantic Way
Feel the sea-breeze in your hair as you encounter majestic cliffs pounded by ocean waves, explore stunning bays and islands, and stroll along beautiful remote beaches where you could catch a glimpse of seals and dolphins.
Along the stunning route, immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich culture and heritage, enjoy some of the best local produce and find a warm welcome in the charming towns along the way.
And the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way is closer than you think – you can get there from most airports in the UK in less than two hours.
Bill Turnbull has created his very own travel guide for the Wild Atlantic Way. Take a look at some of his highlights below.
Bill Turnbull’s Diary
While my wife and I were exploring Kylemore Abbey, some members of the Classic FM team took one of the Wild Atlantic Day Tours to the Aran islands and the Cliffs of Moher – and here’s what they reported back:
Situated outside Galway Bay, just off the West coast of Ireland, the Aran islands are three of the most unspoilt islands in the Atlantic. They offer the chance to experience traditional Irish culture – and to truly get away from it all.
Visitors tend to go to the largest island, Inis Mór, which has a population of about 1100, or the smallest, Inis Oírr, which is home to roughly 300 islanders. The boat journey to Inis Oírr only takes around 25 minutes from Doolin and we were lucky enough to encounter dolphin pods along the way! The boat trip also provides the perfect opportunity to see the Cliffs of Moher up close from the water. When you get to the island, you can explore on foot, bicycle, or for a more traditional experience, you can hire a pony and trap!
The Cliffs of Moher are truly breathtaking. One of the most visited tourist sites in Ireland, they offer awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Running for 14 km along Ireland’s west coast, the Cliffs of Moher reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 feet) near O’Brien’s Tower, which was built in 1835 and is situated near the midpoint of the cliffs. Considering the natural beauty of the landscape, it’s no surprise that the cliffs have been named a UNESCO Global Geopark – and they’ve also captured the imaginations of filmmakers, appearing in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Princess Bride.
If you’re staying in Galway city, you can visit the Cliffs of Moher and Inis Oírr in one day with the Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours. The friendly, informative drivers will point out places of interest along the way, such as the traditional O’Connors pub in Salthill, Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara and Clarenbridge, home of the famous Oyster Festival (5th – 7th October 2018).
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