Jody Halsted is a freelance writer with a mad passion for Ireland, her RV, and 'off the beaten path' travel.
Along the western shore of Ireland, where the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the rugged coastline, you will find the longest sign-posted driving route in Europe. The Wild Atlantic Way winds through 1500 miles of Ireland’s most rugged terrain; skirting mountains, hugging the sea-side cliffs, and passing through areas of incredible history.
To fully explore the Wild Atlantic Way- and do it well- would take months. Since few of us have that much vacation time, use these recommendations- one for each county along the route- as a starting point for your own Ireland itinerary.
Places to sleep in Ireland are as varied as the landscape. Hotels, bed & breakfasts, and hostels can be found near every scenic vista and bustling town. But why opt for a traditional stay when, with only a little searching, you can spend the night in a truly unique Irish lodging?
Ireland is a country filled with amazing history and iconic sights. Each curve of the country’s notoriously winding roads brings a new, breathtaking scene, dotted with castle ruins, fluffy sheep, or achingly beautiful landscape.
It’s these sights, and the stories that accompany them, that bring millions of visitors to Ireland each year, all armed with an itinerary of ‘must see’ attractions. But few visitors take the time to venture from their ‘trail of musts’ to discover amazing Ireland destinations most tourists miss.