The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the world’s most incredible coastal road trips stretching 2500km along the Atlantic Road that hugs the coastline of Ireland. Follow our Instagrammer's guide for some of the the most photographic highlights of this scenic drive or for inspiration when planning your next holiday to the Emerald Isle.
Fanad Head Lighthouse
You'll find Fanad Head Lighthouse on the northern coast of the Fanad Peninsula in North Donegal only a 50 minute drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, and it’s one of Donegal’s top 3 photo spots. This beautiful lighthouse was first lit more than two hundred years ago on St. Patrick’s day in 1817. Fanad Head Lighthouse stands 39 meters above sea level and you can enjoy the view from the top by walking the 79 steps up to the tower (trust us, it’s totally worth it!).
If you want to experience something that’s truly out of this world, then Skelling Michael and Little Skelling are places to visit. Because of the island isolation, it has helped the islands to protect its cultural and natural history. Here on Skelling Michael island, once inhabited by Christian monks, you can witness monastic remains, follow in the monks’ footsteps and enjoy untouched nature. Oh, and does this place look familiar? If you’re a Star Wars fan, then that might be why. Star Wars parts VII (The Force of Awakens) and VIII (The Last Jedi) were filmed here because of the island’s otherworldly beauty.
Selling Islands are a good option for a day drip. Enjoy a road trip from Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork (2h 40) to a port Portmagee marina from where you can take a boat to travel to both islands.
Kinsale in Country Cork used to be a fishing port, and in Irish (Ceann tSaile) means ‘Head of the Sea’. The town provides multiple picturesque spots like its long waterfront, colorful buildings, historical streets as well as yacht-filled harbor. Kinsale is also known as ‘The Gourmet Capital of Ireland’, so foodies will find some great restaurants. This small city is only 30 minutes away from Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Cork where you can relax after a long day of sightseeing.
Visit Mullaghmore in County Sligo, only 30 minutes away from Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Sligo, Ireland to enjoy not only the beauty of the ocean, sky and Ben Bulben mountain, but also to visit the oh-so-Instagrammable Classiebawn Castle. This beautiful castle has 3,000 acres around it and it stands alone on a Rocky Promontory. You can see the castle from miles away. Although the castle is not open for the public, still stop by to take some amazing photos and enjoy the breath-taking sight.
Cliffs of Moher
Stand on the edge of the cliffs of Moher to see nature in all its glory. Marvel at the cliffs rising dramatically from the ocean and take a moment to feel the wind blowing through your hair. And then grab your camera! This is a photo that you don’t want to miss.
This beautiful place is one-hour away from Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick. On the way, you can explore other Irish cities like Shannon, Ennis, Inagh and others.
Take a ride from Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork to Baltimore Beacon which was built in 1798 and serves as an entrance to Baltimore Harbour. From here you can see across Roaring Water Bay, Ilen River mouth, Cape Clear and Sherkin. Being a busy fishing port, this beautiful beacon is loved by fishermen and sailors since it is the point they see while returning home.
Derrigimlagh Signature Discovery Point
Bike or walk to the beautiful and historical Derrigimlagh Signature Discovery Point. The point has recently been developed with multiple interactive attractions to reveal the history of the place in a more engaging way. This was the place of the world’s first transatlantic radio station as well as the first landing site of the first non-stop transatlantic flight. This is a perfect place for a day trip when you stay at Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone. Delve deeper into the history and experience the beautiful lakes and blanket bogs that surround the area.
Your Wild Atlantic Way adventure awaits! Don’t forget to share your incredible photos with #RadissonBlu for a chance to win a 100€ voucher towards your next stay!
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