WILD ATLANTIC WAY
Slí an Atlantaigh Fiáin. The spectacular Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) is a journey through the most wild and westerly land in Europe. It encompasses 2,600km (1600 miles) of coastline and ocean of the island of Ireland.
Wild Atlantic Way Route
Divided into 4 main regions including the North-West, The West, Mid-West and South West. It is Ireland’s first long-distance driving route which stretches from the picturesque town of Kinsale or Cion tSáile all the way to the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal.
On this spectacular journey encounter 156 discovery points along the way, but the route itself has hundreds of others for individuals to discover by themselves. Enjoy listening to the many compelling stories that you will hear from the friendly locals. Encounter everything from cliff top views to great hikes and from historic cities to picture perfect coastal villages and some of the best surfing in the world. The Wild Atlantic Way scenic drive caters for tourists of all ages and tastes.
If your holiday itinerary allows for only a few days or up to several weeks look no further, as the Wild Atlantic Way route has it all.
There are 15 designated ‘Signature Experience’ points otherwise known as the ‘15 wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way’. They include the most iconic points and the must see sights along Ireland’s west coast.
A Base For Your Wild Atlantic Adventure
Clayton Hotel Galway which is perfectly situated near the coast is the ideal base to commence or continue your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. Whether it is a one night stay as you embark upon a long Atlantic journey, or whether it is a longer visit whilst taking in sections of the county Galway stage of the Wild Atlantic Way, Clayton Hotel Galway will certainly provide the perfect base.
Galway on The Wild Atlantic Way
In total, the Galway stage of the Wild Atlantic Way is 300km long. Starting from the village of Kinvarra which is located only 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Kinvarra is located on the Galway border and the enthralling route leads all the way along the coast to the village of Leenane in Connemara which is very close to the Mayo border.
On this breath taking journey, relax and experience delights such as Dunguaire Castle, Galway City, Salthill Promenade, Connemara, Roundstone, Ballyconneely, and the glorious Kylemore Abbey or why not catch the ferry to the remote Aran Islands.
The Wonders on the Galway Route
Two of the 15 wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way are also located along the county Galway route – Killary Harbour and Derrigimlagh, Co.Galway. Killary Habour is one of three glacial fjords. It is nestled in Connemara is a picturesque spot famed for its delicious mussels. Whilst Derrigimlagh Bog is a spectacular blanket bog bear Clifden. It is a mosaic of tiny lakes and is perfect for those with an interest in botanical wonders.
For something a little different, there is also a perfect walking route located less than 5km from Clayton Hotel Galway in the quaint village of Oranmore. ‘The Oranmore Slí Na Slainte walking route’ starts in the village itself outside of the local church. It leads on past ‘Roseville Cottage’. Visit the old traditional thatched cottage at the end of the road which was built from clay, mud and stones and thatched by a respected craftsman in the 1800’s.
Cliffs of Moher
Looking further afield, during a stay at Clayton Hotel Galway, then the amazing Cliffs of Moher which is located only an hour’s drive away from the hotel offers some of the most stunning scenery and breath taking landscapes. It is certainly worth a visit. Daily scenic bus tours to and from the Cliffs can be arranged with the reception team at the hotel.
Local Attractions on The Galway Route
Other exciting things to do whilst staying at Clayton Hotel Galway and travelling this enthralling route include:
- Sea salmon leap at Aasleagh Falls
- Stroll the shores of Glasslaun Beach
- Roam Cromwell’s Barracks in Inisbofin
- Trek through Connemara on a Connemara Pony
- Enjoy a slice of history at Pearses Cottage Rosmuc
- Experience real Irish culture in An Ghaeltacht
- Kick the wall at Salthill Prom
- Say I do at the Claddagh Ring Museum
- Celebrate the gathering of the boats in Kinvara
To begin an amazing experience start the Wild Atlantic Way journey at Clayton Hotel Galway today by booking a stay here.