If you’re a fan of wild stretches of untamed coastline, dramatic cliffs that stand tall over turquoise water, and tiny coves with powdery white sand and crystal clear waves, then you’re in for a treat on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Snaking its way around the west coast of Ireland, this route spans 1,553 miles in its entirety, weaving through 9 different counties.If you don’t have the time to do the route all in one, why not take advantage of the short distance to Ireland and break the route into smaller chunks. And there’s no better place to start than in Donegal, for what’s known as the Northern Headlands section.
This really is Ireland at its wildest, from the northernmost point of the country jutting out into the Atlantic, to the otherworldly expanse of the Inishowen Peninsula. It’s a cinch to tackle in 3 days, too – you’ll spend your days cruising along wide stretches of empty, winding roads, and while traditional traffic is rare, you may occasionally be held up by a line of stray sheep.