Out on the very edge of Europe, the Wild Atlantic Way stretches for 2,500 km (1,500 miles) along Ireland’s Western seaboard.
The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-famous coastal route that spans seven of Ireland's counties, taking in some breathtaking scenery along the way.
From Malin Head in Donegal to Galway, Kerry and Mizen Head in Cork, the sights and sounds of the Wild Atlantic Way will stun your senses and reinvigorate your soul.
The Route with Select Hotels of Ireland
From Malin Head to Fanad Head and Inishowen to Slieve League, Donegal's section of the Wild Atlantic Way route is full of stunning surprises.
Over millions of years the Atlantic has carved dramatic crevices into the rugged headland, with the Slieve League cliffs said to be some of the best and highest examples of marine cliffs in the world.
Let the road take you on a journey of discovery through Donegal, a county of wonder and magic. Stay your first Select Hotel, the 4 star Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa, an intimate family run Hotel renowned for excellent service and award winning food. The Hotel is in a rural setting overlooking Lough Swilly whilst only five minutes drive to Letterkenny Town.
On the second stage of the Wild Atlantic Way, take in the majesty of Mullaghmore Head, Downpatrick Head and Keem Strand as you travel from Donegal to Mayo.
Mullaghmore Head, off the coast of Sligo, is a paradise for surfers with a reputation for gigantic 'prowler' waves. Surfing schools abound in this neck of the woods, so if you want to get in on the action, take a lesson or two.
Then it's onwards to Downpatrick Head in Mayo, a spectacular headland rising 38 metres from the sea. Keem Strand, on Achill Island, features sweeping sandy beaches and rugged scenery to indulge the eye.
While in Mayo stay in one of two Select Hotels, the boutique style Wyatt Hotel in the heart of Westport or the Twin Trees Hotel on the banks of the Brosna River in Ballina. Both Hotels offer traditional Irish hospitality, wonderful food and service.
Prepare to be charmed and beguiled by the beautiful sights and sounds of the Donegal to Mayo section of the Wild Atlantic Way.
As you continue through the Wild Atlantic Way, the Mayo to Clare section of the route will offer up its own unique landscape for your pleasure.
The picturesque fjord of Killary Harbour nestles in the heart of Connemara, providing the perfect holiday hideaway. Sample some delicious and world-renowned local mussels before moving on with your journey.
While in Connemara, stay in Clifden Station House located in the picturesque coastal town of Clifden, the original station House has been beautifully restored forming part of the Hotel. The Clifden Station House is renowned for its excellent food and service plus outstanding hospitality.
Or stay in the lively City of Galway, where there are numerous festivals and events throughout the year, staying in the four star Ardilaun Hotel. Formerly a Country Manor built in 1840, set in private landscaped gardens.
The patchwork of tiny lakes in the Derrigimlagh Bog are ideally explored by bike, while the magnificent Cliffs of Moher in nearby Clare need no introduction. Take your time travelling this section - the wealth of scenic attractions is worth savouring.
Stay at the Falls Hotel & Spa, located in the quaint town of Ennistymon close to the Cliffs of Moher and the famous Burren. Enjoy the 50 acres of gardens and riverside walks along the spectacular Falls.
Before you say goodbye to Clare, visit the Loop Head peninsula, a region renowned for its breathtaking beauty. A visit to Loop Head Lighthouse offers panoramic views of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher and is well worth the climb.
Onwards to Kerry, where the Blasket Islands - just a boat ride from the Dingle Peninsula - await, rich in Irish heritage. UNESCO World Heritage Site Skellig Michael is next on your journey, an attraction steeped in tranquility and mystique.
Enjoy staying in Dingle, the most westerly town in Europe, the Dingle Skellig Hotel is a superior four star Hotel with wonderful Irish food and service, overlooking the beauty of Dingle Bay.
Or stay at the Manor West Hotel located in Tralee, nestled in the shelter of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Enjoy a game of Golf in the championship golf course Ballybunion, returning to the hotel to enjoy a pint of Guinness and traditional Irish music in the mercantile bar.
Let the road take you on an exciting journey through the Clare and Kerry section of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Travel to the famous town of Killarney, staying in the four star Killarney Riverside Hotel, enjoy the lively atmosphere of the pubs, cafes and restaurants in the town. Enjoy the beautiful ring of Kerry, staying at the Kenmare Bay hotel with great leisure facilities, local Irish Cuisine and scenic mountain views.
Last but not least, the Kerry to Cork section of the Wild Atlantic Way provides the perfect backdrop to the end of your Atlantic odyssey.
The rugged, remote Beara Peninsula of Co Cork is a dramatic sight, with views of mussel rafts and seal colonies of Kenmare offering the perfect excuse for a pitstop.
From Dursey Island to Mizen Head - Ireland's most southern point - and then on to the Old Head of Kinsale, this stretch of the road should be enjoyed at leisure and what better way to do that than to sample the fresh food and charming atmosphere of Kinsale itself.
Stay in either of the Select Hotels; Actons of Kinsale or the Trident Hotel Kinsale both overlooking the beautiful Kinsale Harbour. Enjoy award-winning cuisine in the Gourmet Capital of Ireland or for the more active there are a wide variety of activities from deep-sea fishing to yacht charter.
Last stop of the Wild Atlantic Way with Select Hotels is the Celtic Ross Hotel superbly located overlooking Rosscarbery Bay and Galley Head, the perfect base for exploring the beautiful surroundings of scenic West Cork.