For visitors to Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way is a brilliant concept: over 1,600 miles of scenic roads and trails that wrap around the nation’s west coast. The route binds together breathtaking locations along the shore where the ocean reaches Europe – with rich heritage, attractions and activities to enliven the experience.
Starting his adventure at Malin Head, and going on to cover 751 of those 1,600 miles, Simon Calder drove through the gentle scenery of Inishowen, stopping to explore the shore by kayak. Taking in the traditional pubs and restaurants along the way, Simon continued to Donegal and on to the exciting hill-climbing, coast-hugging route along the west side of beautiful Lough Swilly, enjoying one heavenly vista after another.
Further highlights included a tour of blissfully quiet, car free Tory Island, soaking up the 19th-century grandeur of Glenveagh Castle, a post surfing seaweed bath in Kilcullen and the lively music scene of Westport.
As Simon himself said of the experience: “I made dozens of discoveries and met some of the friendliest people anywhere. I’m going to return to complete the rest of this great coastal drive as soon as I can. I can guarantee you that the more time you invest in the wild Atlantic way, the greater you will be rewarded.”
Source : The Independent