From the wind-whipped tip of Malin Head to the safe haven of the Kinsale Harbour, wrap yourself in the wilderness of the west coast of Ireland on the world’ longest defined coastal touring route this Winter.

One of the longest coastal routes in the world, the 2,600 km driving route stretches from Malin Head in Donegal to Mizen Head in Cork. The driveway is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s ultimate road trips and is also the perfect way to get reacquainted with our gorgeous island on a staycation.

National Geographic lists Ireland in the top five walking and hiking destinations in the world and whatever stage of the Wild Atlantic Way you decide to focus on you will not be dissapointed. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate hiker, there are 179 walks to choose from along the route including Baltimore Heritage in Cork, Pilgrims Path in Donegal and Great Western Greenway in Mayo.

If surfing is your thing some of the most popular surf spots along the Wild Atlantic Way include Inch Strand in Kerry, Rossnowlagh in Donegal Lahinch in Spanish Point and Doolin in Clare. There is even surf schools on most beaches where you can rent boards, wetsuits and take a class if you need.

Whether you go, you are guaranteed an experience to remember.

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Words by Trish Mc Cluskey