A couple of weeks ago, me and Eoghan did another bit of Wild Atlantic Way exploring. I’ve just realised, almost all my posts have been on WAW road trips, so for those of you who don’t know what it is, the Wild Atlantic Way is a driving route along the entire Atlantic coast of Ireland, starting in west Cork all the way to Donegal.
The route goes through 9 counties and showcases the beauty of the West of Ireland and all it has to offer. Taking this route you’ll see breath taking scenery, Ireland’s most charming towns and there’s a whole host of activities to be done along the way.
If anyone is considering doing the entire thing in one go, let me give you one bit of advice. Give yourself a lot of time. We have spent the guts of a week doing little bits at a time now and we have so much still to see. It really takes time if you wana do it right. We spent two days in Donegal and when I saw how little we got done I was so shocked. We started in the north but really want to go to Slieve league cliffs, so in the end we had to cut down through the county, missing out on a lot of the north west route.
Donegal has definitely been my favourite place to see so far. Here’s some photos from our trip:
Tried football special for the first time. First time I’d heard of it too ha. It’s Donegal’s own fizzy drink, made here in Ramelton and in Letterkenny. It’s CRAZY fizzy and although it doesn’t say on the bottle, I’d give it a cherry flavour.
This impressive building is the old bottle store and it’s beautiful and so unique. Perfect for photos! Sadly there was a for sale sign outside so it mightn’t look like this much longer.
The view across Lough Swilly at Knockalla fort is breathtaking. If you get it on a good day, the blue skies and the vibrant ocean are magnificent!! It’s the sort of scenery I never expected to see here in Ireland. You look across to the edge of the Inishowen peninsula.
Had to stop at Ballymastocker Strand in Knockalla. Along the twisty road there was a layby to pull in. It had the official WAW sign and the area was elevated by the cliff, giving the most beautiful view across the beach. Again, the colour of the water was something else!
We accidentally came across Glengesh pass – a windy road running through a gorgeous valley. At the top there’s another WAW parking area where you can look down on it. I’ve looked up photos of it since, and seen some amazinggg photos of it taken at sunset. I only wish I could have seen it blanketed in that warm golden light.
Our last proper stop of the day was Fanad lighthouse. I’m so happy we got good weather. You had to pay to go right upto the lighthouse (URGH I hate when you have to pay to just walk near a tourist attraction!!) so we just walked along the cliffs opposite and chilled in the sun.
I swear trying to get Eoghan to look at me for a photo is worse than trying to get a child to cooperate!!
We went down to the waters edge and were reminded why they call it the Wild Atlantic Way!
We made a quick dash to Glenveagh park but sadly it was almost dark when we got there. Another time!
I’m gona leave it here and split the trip into two posts. I really underestimated how many photos I took haha. Day 2 post will be next. Hope you liked the photos. If there is any posts people would like to see please let me know, I’m aware all these travel diary posts might get a bit boring!
As always all photos of me where taken by Eoghan, you can check out his website here.
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