The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route stretches from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in Co Cork. It is the world’s longest touring route through some of Ireland’s most beautiful places.
Stretching along the western tip of County Clare, peaceful roads and deserted beaches stretch out along the Loop Head Drive, providing an off-the-beaten-track alternative to the popular Cliffs of Moher.
This narrow peninsula at the mouth of the Shannon offers an elemental experience - huge Atlantic swells smash into miles of sheer granite cliffs, kicking surf high into the air. Then comes the sun – catching the airborne spray and forming rainbows. Approximately 160 bottlenose dolphins live in the mouth of the Shannon River, where it joins the Wild Atlantic off County Clare’s Loop Head Peninsula. You can follow the road from Kilrush to Aylevarro Point to see them playing just offshore.
The Aran Islands
Visit some of the most picturesque islands off the coast of Ireland, just some 45 minutes from the Old Ground Hotel. Take a trip through the small but beautiful town of Doolin, before heading off Doolin Pier on a short boat ride to the islands.
Trips to the islands are seasonal and weather determined but most definitely worth experiencing. Visitors can rent bicycles and tour the islands in full, visiting the various historical sites, experiencing the spectacular views and stopping off at the beach for a relaxing ice-cream. There are 3 islands to visit, with boat tours at the pier offering trips to all or some. These are:
The Cliffs Of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher stand majestically over the Atlantic Ocean, looking out to the Aran Islands and the hills of Connemara across Galway Bay. The Bridges of Ross sea-arches and stacks and the gentler cliffs towards Loop Head in West Clare are also well worth a visit. The seascapes, seen from either land or sea, are truly beautiful.
Find all you need and more at the Cliffs of Moher website - https://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/