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.