Our Wild Atlantic Way Diaries: From Mizen to Malin Head Part One


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.

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Hello! Úna-Minh is a journalist, social media consultant and virtual assistant who loves (you guessed it) TRAVEL. She also feels a bit strange writing in the third person so she'll stop that now. You can find out more about me and my Mammy in the about section of this blog!

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  1. I look forward to reading about your journey.

  2. Sounds like a grand adventure! Enjoy!!

    1. Thank you! We’re really looking forward to it.

  3. Wow! It sounds like it is going to be a great trip! We can’t say we have explored Ireland much (we visited with some students during the summer for teaching proposes) but we would love to see some of those pictures. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you for reading! We’re really looking forward to it. Getting my fancy camera for the trip 😉

  4. I live in Belfast, so know the area quite well 🙂 I’ve done stretches of it before it was properly advertised as “Wild Atlantic Way” .The Beara and Dingle Peninsula are absolutely gorgeous! And I love the Malin Head as well. I’m sure you’ll have a brilliant time! Enjoy!

    1. Thanks Els! Actually am heading to Belfast with my other half in the New Year, do you have any recommendations on where to stay?

      1. Sure. If you’re looking for upmarket, try Europa Hotel, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Ten Square, The Merchant or Malmaison. A bit cheaper are Jury’s Inn or Ramada Encore. There are of course the likes of Premier Inn and Ibis too. For a nice B&B try Botanic Rest, Windermere Guest House or All Seasons. And let me know if you want to meet for a coffee 🙂

  5. This looks awesome, I’ve only heard good things about this part of Ireland! I love how you’re trying to stay at places which are unique too, I think this is something we should all do more of in our travels. Have a great trip!

    1. Thanks for reading Claire! This may sound weird but I really enjoy budgeting! So we’re also making sure where we stay has a kitchen so we can cook at home 🙂

  6. wow..that sounds like an awesome trip

  7. I haven’t been to Ireland, but it sounds so amazing! It’s in our plans to 2018, though! I’ll look through your Ireland posts!

    1. Great Thais! If you ever need tips, just let me know 🙂 I usually live in Dublin. Thanks for reading!

  8. I traveled through the west coast of Ireland a few years ago and absolutely LOVED it. I couldn’t get enough of the beautiful landscapes, castles, and friendly people. If you need some Airbnb recommendations, please let me know- I stayed in some good ones!

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