Value what’s on your doorstep, because what you can discover can be immense!
This year Mam and I made the decision to explore our own country a bit more. We were initially going to jet off to the Camino de Santiago but changed our minds when we reflected on how much we can do here.
The Wild Atlantic Way is a tourism trail that runs along the west coast of Ireland and on parts of the north and south coasts. It’s a 2,500 km driving route that passes through nine counties and three provinces. Along the route, there are 157 discovery points, 1,000 attractions, and more than 2,500 activities. We’re doing our own version of the route!
For this coastal journey, we want to stay in AirBnBs, hostels, houses or BnBs that are unusual or have an interesting history to them.
Starting off at Mizen Head in Ireland’s south, we plan on spending two weeks or more moving up the coast until we reach Malin Head in Donegal. Hopefully, we’ll be kicking off the journey in late September or October.
We still have to firm up on a lot of details, but here’s a rough outline (bear in mind that we’re from Kerry and have explored it all many times, so hence why there’s not a lot of emphasis on it, this time around). You can read more about our Kerry adventures here.
Here are the first seven days that we have at the moment but details are still a bit sparse. We’re planning on booking places in advance to stay in but open to ideas and collaborations.
- Day One: Leaving Tralee (our hometown), and driving down to Cork to the Bantry area and finding somewhere in that area to stay for the night. That day, apart from exploring Mizen Head Irish Lights Signal Station, we’re also going to make our way around the Sheep’s Head area.
- Day Two: Moving up along towards the Beara Peninsula and Bear Island. Walking around the Beara Way loop walks and staying overnight in that area too. Possibly heading to Dursey Island.
- Day Three: Heading back to Kerry and spending the night at our own house in Tralee for a refuel and to say hello to the food tunnel and cat! Possibly heading to the Dingle Food Festival (but we’ve been to the festival before so we’ll see!).
- Day Four: Heading to Clare via Tarbert ferry. Aiming for Loop Head staying near the Cliffs of Moher (probably in the Mullagh area).
- Day Five: Cliffs of Moher and The Burren! I was at the Cliffs of Moher as a child but have no memory of it. Making our way around to Galway. Perhaps heading on a walking tour of The Burren or on a Heritage Trail.
- Day Six: Galway is another place that we’re pretty familiar with so we won’t really be going into the city. Instead, we’ll be off exploring Connemara and Clifden. Staying somewhere on the way to Westport area.
- Day Seven: Achill Island and Greenway. Staying in the Drumpatrick area.
As you can see, our details are still all a bit all over the place at the moment because there’s still a lot to fine tune and plan! Whatever the case, we’ll be heading down to Mizen Head first and working from there.
If you’re a company, hotel, hostel, BnB or any organisation that would like to work with us in some capacity along the way, be it cross-promotion or something else, feel free to drop us an email at unaminh@gmail(dot)com.