Wild Atlantic Way

wild atlantic way

Stretching from right here in County Donegal in the north to Cork in the south The Wild Atlantic Way meanders through the rugged and unspoilt beauty of Ireland’s legendary western coastal regions. Being the longest defined coastal driving route in the world you may want to immerse yourself slowly in its grandeur by dipping your toe in just one area at a time. Being in Donegal, we of course would love you to explore our portion of this momentous experience in all its majestic wildness.

In many parts of the world you can encounter places which have the ‘Wow Factor’ but what about experiencing the ‘WAW Factor’? The Wild Atlantic Way Factor. The WAW Factor that is standing high above the roaring Atlantic Ocean as its cascading waters sweep ashore after their 3,000 mile voyage from the shores of the United States and Canada. The tastes, sights, smells and sounds of fresh clean air, lush green fields meeting the greys of rock and the multi-coloured heathers… now that is the WAW factor.

wild atlantic way sign

Every single person who follows the Wild Atlantic Way signage will encounter their own unique WAW Factor moments. With so much to experience along its 2,500miles of uncongested country roads and by-ways no two experiences will be the same. What will yours be?

Along the Wild Atlantic Way special ‘Discovery Points’ have been designated. These Discovery Points will allow you to fully appreciate the powerful yet strangely serene beauty of the Atlantic waves as they sweep home to Ireland’s west coast after their long voyage across the world’s second largest ocean.

wild atlantic way map

Two of these Discovery Points are located right here in Glencolumbkille

WAW Discovery Point:  Seacliffs at Slieve League / Ionad Sliabh Liag

Seacliffs at Slieve League

WAW Discovery Point:  Silver Strand Beach at Malinbeg / Mallainn Bhig

Silver Strand Beach at Malinbeg


Several other Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point, such as Muckross Head, Glengesh Pass, Portnoo and Fintra Beach, are but a short drive away.

WAW Discovery Point:  Muckross Head

Muckross Head waves

WAW Discovery Point:  Glengesh Pass

Glengesh pass

WAW Discovery Point: Fintra Beach

fintra beach

WAW Discovery Point: Portnoo

portnoo beach