The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland's new long distance scenic driving route along the entire west coast of Ireland from Donegal in the north to Cork in the south. If you are looking for a holiday itinerary from a few days to several weeks, look no further as the Wild Atlantic Way route has it all. 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 drive caters for tourists of all ages and tastes. Slow down and experience the real Ireland.
The Wild Atlantic Way is officially will be the longest defined and signed tourist routes in the world at approximately 2,750 km (1,700 miles) in length with plenty more side routes and loops.
Ballina, Mayo North, hailed as the heart of Mayo's Wild Atlantic Way has an abundance of places to visit and see along the journey, be sure to include Ceide Fields on your journey.
The Ceide Fields
The R314, as it approaches Ceide from either direction, boasts clear uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean. This exposed cliff top site has a number of points of interest, not least the Neolithic site of Ceide Fields and the associated exhibition centre. The wall maintained viewing platform, with handrail, allows visitors to experience the sensation of standing right on the very edge of the cliff.
Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle
Downpatrick Head is located 3 miles north of Ballycastle village standing 126ft above the sea with fantastic views of the Atlantic, the Staggs of Broadhaven and high cliffs along the shore. The small stone building at the top of Downpatrick Head is now used to view the many species of birds on 'Dún Briste'. This is the perfect place to park up and stretch your legs with an invigorating coastal walk. The St Patrick connections don’t end there though. Gazing out to sea, you’ll no doubt spot the small collection of islands called the Staggs of Broadhaven, but you’ll also see a lone sea-stack standing close to the edge of the cliffs. This sea-stack is called Dún Briste (broken fort). Local legend says that when a pagan chieftain refused to convert to Christianity, St Patrick struck the ground with his crozier, splitting a chunk of the headland off into the ocean, with the chieftain on top! The sea stack is beautiful to behold because you can see the layers upon layers of multi-coloured rock strata.
Forage for wild food along the Killala shoreline with Denis Quinn of Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours foraging for food out along the shoreline under the huge skies of North Mayo.
The Quay Village, Ballina
With an attractive river setting, Ballina Quay is a key access point for boats to the River Moy famous for Atlantic salmon. Parking is available on the road with informal parking on the quay. Mixture of private and semi private uses at the Quay. Seal watching and fishing boats depart the Quay during the summer months, contact Skipper Michael Kilcullen to plan your Moy Estuary Sight seeing Tour 087 2446902. Twin Trees Hotel is only a 5 minute walk from the Quay Village
The Quay is just a few minutes drive from the Town of Ballina, along the banks of the River Moy.
To plan your route and find out more exciting places of interest and things to see along the Wild Atlantic Way, visit Failte Irelands Wild Atlantic Way Route finder
Check out your best accommodation rate along the Mayo stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way at the Twin Trees Hotel