Tuesday 6 December 2016

10 Magical Wild Atlantic Way Adventures

Published 13/05/2015 | 11:58

Think adventure. Then think Wild Atlantic Way! Explore the rugged and raw west coast of Ireland with some magical and mind blowing experiences.

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Scale a sheer cliff face, be a surf dude, hike up a mountain or take a dive. Maybe you want to try something a little gentler? Then get your Wild Atlantic kicks kayaking, cycling, or soaking up nature. There is something for all levels and abilities.

Whatever taps into your adventurous side the Wild Atlantic Way has it all. Here are ten of our thrilling Wild Atlantic Way Adventure experiences. But there are scores more at www.discoverireland.ie

Scale new heights at Sliabh Liag in Donegal

Descend steep sea cliffs and arrive at outstandingly beautiful beaches along the stunning Sliabh Liag Coast in Donegal, one of the most remote and atmospheric locations in Ireland. Then climb to the summit of towering Sea Stacks, monsters of immaculate rock, far from anywhere in the real world. You can enjoy this truly magical experience with Extreme Ireland. Vagabond Tours also include this stunning part of Ireland in their off-the-beaten-track tours, allowing you immerse in history, culture, adventure and craic!

Surfs up in Yeats Country

Aloha! Surf is up at Strandhill in Co. Sligo where dudes from all over gather to catch the waves. Strandhill Surf School is offering the latest water craze, Stand Up Paddleboarding, or SUPing for short, where you stand on a buoyant surfboard and use a paddle to move through the water. They will bring you SUPing in Culleenamore Bay, a beautiful, tidal reserve and home to a large seal sanctuary.

Explore Erris!

Escape with Belmullet Adventure Centre on a calming canoe trip in the sheltered waters of Broadhaven Bay in the heart of Erris along the Wild Atlantic Way.  Be prepared to be accompanied by bobbing seals or the occasional dolphin pod. Paddle out to Inishderry Island and explore the craggy coves and inlets. Beware - you might see rare beautiful basking sharks along the way! Erris was recently voted the ‘Best Place in Ireland to Go Wild’ by the Irish Times readers.

Canter around Clew Bay

Saddle up with Drummindoo Stud & Equestrian Centre and canter around quaint villages, breath-taking sandy beaches, and magical mountain tracks of spectacular Clew Bay in Co. Mayo. Stop off to explore local heritage sites, or for a reviving picnic with spectacular sea views as dessert.  You might be tempted to try some Western Riding!

Conquer Connemara

Connemara is the adventure capital of the West and you can get your kicks with Connemara Adventure Tours who will bring you on wild cycles around the rugged coastline, hiking over hills and horse riding through bogs, fields and farmland. Or you can team up with Delphi Adventure Resort and reignite your passion for life catching the waves surfing or jumping, scrambling and swimming on a thrilling coasteering experience.

The Burren Rocks!

Draw on your agility, strength and balance to conquer the craggy limestone landscape of The Burren scaling awesome steep rock faces. Then experience the sheer thrill of abseiling the same rock face, with the sea pounding underneath and birds passing over head.  Adventure Burren will be your guide on this high octane and exhilarating experience.

Dive into the Dingle Peninsula

A diver on the surface of the water along Cork coast
A diver on the surface of the water along Cork coast

Explore the underwater paradise around the Blaskets islands on the Dingle peninsula with Dingle Marina Dive Centre. Marvel at sea caves, rock formations and wrecks teeming with diverse and colourful sea life. Or experience this dramatic part of the Wild Atlantic Way on two wheels with Wilderness Ireland who will bring you exploring spectacular landscapes where the mountains meet the ocean

Run Rings around  Kerry

Take to the high seas and combine nature and adventure kayaking the unpredictable coastline around the Ring of Kerry with Mór Active based in Killarney. Discover castle ruins and observe eagles, seals and dolphins in their natural habitat. Or experience this stunning region on foot with Hidden Ireland Tours who will bring you on unforgettable coastal hikes with the prize of dramatic views of the Blaskets and Skellig Islands.

Lose your way in West Cork

Boot up and explore the mountainous finger that is the stunning Beara Peninsula in West Cork. South West Walks Ireland will be your guide as you meander around the coast, with occasional forays into the hilly interior.  Starting in the gorgeous village of Glengarriff at the head of Bantry Bay you can opt for a two, eight or 11 day hike bringing you to the fishing port of Castletownbere, the picturesque village of Allihies and to desolate but beautiful Dursey Island.

Enjoy an electric escape around the Atlantic Highlands

Explore the rugged North West tip of Ireland from Sliabh Liag to Malin Head on an environmentally friendly electric bike with Electric Escapes Ireland. Make memories that will last a lifetime as you glide around tiny roads that hug the craggy coastline as huge Atlantic waves crash and churn the sheer granite cliff walls. Wild and wonderful!

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