The Great Atlantic Drive
The Giants Causeway.
40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcano.
The wreck of the Spanish galleon La Girona yielded 12,000 artifacts.
Royal Portrush Golf Club once hosted the British Open Championship.
Much loved by fashionable society during the late Victorian era.
Derry - Londonderry.
The London prefix was added in 1613 by Royal Charter of King James I.
Greencastle & Moville
The Greencastle-Magilligan ferry crosses beautiful Lough Foyle hourly.
The north-most part of Ireland. Start and finish point for many races.
Rockstown & Dunaff.
Large pebbled horseshoe beach with clear clean perfect Atlantic water.
Ferry port and informal capital of the picturesque Inishowen Peninsula.
Fahan & Inch.
The intricate Celtic patterns of St Mura's 8th C cross are most beautiful.
The largest urban centre in the north-west of Ireland. A vibrant town.
Heritage town which once traded with New York and Kingston Jamica.
It was from here in Rathmullan that the Flight of the Earls departed.
Ballymastoker was voted the second most beautiful beach in the world.
The only survivor of the Saldanha tragedy of 1812 was the ship's parrot.
Stunningly rugged and beautiful with extraordinary vistas at every turn.
Surfers paradise ! An immensely popular destination for watersports.
Rugged and wild with numerous sandy beaches and protected inlets.
Doagh Famine Village.
The cottages of the Doagh Famine Village were occupied until 1883.
To this day Tory Islanders elect their own island King, or Rí Thoraí.
Stunningly rugged coastal walkway, famous for its beautiful sunsets.
Known, above all else, as the home place of singer Daniel O Donnell.
The perfect base for exploring the islands of Tory, Gola, and Inis Meain.
Seven square miles of stunning vistas and spectacular sea cliffs.
It was here that Napper Tandy landed during the brutal 1798 Rebellion.
Beautiful stretches of sandy beach between gargantuan boulders.
Ardara's annual Cup of Tae Festival is a celebration of traditional music.
Enjoy history and hospitality at Glencolmcille's Folk Village cottages.
Rathlin O Beirne.
A well known diving destination with numerous accessible wreck sites.
Rising almost 2000 feet. Twice as high as the Cliffs of Moher. Stunning !
A gaeltacht village just a stones throw from the Slieve League Cliffs.
Ireland's largest fishing port, and home to a modern Atlantic fleet.
Inver is a small Atlantic fishing port on the estuary of the River Eany.
It was here that the ancient Annals of the Four Masters was written.
Surfing heaven ! One of Europe's wildest and best blue-flag beaches.
The oldest town in Ireland, & birthplace of rock legend Rory Gallagher.
A very popular seaside resort running alongside a fabulous beach.
Surfers have recorded 50 foot high waves off Mullaghmore Head.
Small working harbour on the outermost shores of beautiful Sligo Bay.
As at Tramore, the Metalman at Rosses Point guides the way to safety .
Yeats country ! Described by Yeats as The Land of Hearts Desire.
Lies at the head of a deep picturesque inlet off the Atlantic Ocean.
Miles of fine sandy beach with generous dunes and surfing dudes.
Ballina's Ridge Pool, in the town centre, is known for fine salmon fishing
Legend says that St Patrick baptized 12,000 people in Kilalla in one day.
The Ceide Fields.
The Ceide Fields are the most extensive stone age site in the world.
Tenacity and colour on the very edge of an overwhelming ocean.
A delightfully simple seaside town. No frills but nonetheless stunning !
Belmullet's northern lighthouse guards the mouth of Broadhaven Bay.
Stunning throughout, but Keem Beach is even more special. Enjoy !
Enjoy wonderful walks, long sandy blue flag beaches, & excellent golf.
Once home to a thriving Quaker linen trade, but later fell on hard times.
Commissioned by Lord Sligo in 1780 and designed by James Wyatt.
A place of great pilgrimage with many penitents climbing barefoot.
A formally planned town founded in 1795 by the 3rd Earl of Altamount.
Visit the castle and burial place of the pirate queen, Grace O'Malley.
12 square miles of beautiful scenery located 9 miles out in the Atlantic.
Beautiful Leenaun nestles in a steep fjord ! A day out for your camera !
Fresh air, peace, tranquility, good food, and closeness to nature.
Connemara National Park and Diamond Hill Walkway have to be seen.
Used by Cromwell as a penal colony for catholic clerics in the 1650's.
A large harbour area, a sprinkling of houses and, of course, a pub.
A cosmopolitan town, & landing site of the very first transatlantic flight.
Rediculously charming harbour in the middle of beautiful Connemara.
Kilkieran & Carna.
Pierse's Cottage can't help but instill a deep sense of reverence & awe.
A series of small rocky islands linked together by long causeways.
Carraroe's famous Féile an Dóilín is a celebration of Galway Hookers.
Gateway to the wonderful Aran Islands. Flight and ferry connections.
Spiddal & Barna.
The beginning of currach territory. Beginning of the Connemara region.
The City of the Tribes. Often referred to as The Cultural Heart of Ireland.
Moran's legendary Oyster Cottage began trading back in 1797 !
It was in Kinvara that the first shots of the 1916 Easter Rising were fired.
Castles, ring forts, dolmens, megalithic tombs, and the Ailwee Caves.
Arctic, alpine, & Mediterranean plants side-by-side with ancient fossils.
The Aran Islands.
Breathtakingly impressive ! An overnight stay will never be forgotten !
The traditional music capital of all Ireland. The perfect overnight stop !
Cliffs of Moher.
Frightening and wonderful in one. Ireland's favourite visitor attraction.
Birth place of John Holland, inventor of the first workable submarine.
Lahinch & Ennistymon
Ennistymon's colourful and traditional shopfronts are quite delightful.
Doonbeg. Spanish Pt.
A fearsome coastline where many Spanish Armada ships floundered.
Kilkee's tidal Pollock Holes must be the ultimate swimming experience !
Wild and extraordinarily rugged. Truly a photographers paradise !
Guardian to the great Shannon estuary, & scene of many fierce battles.
Scattery's tiny village, abandoned in 1978, is a sad and lonely sight .
A most beautiful town with a lovingly preserved vernacular streetscape.
A spot tied forever into the tragic and infamous story of An Cailin Ban.
Home to Dromoland Castle, a stunningly sumptuous estate hotel.
A vital transatlantic hub prior to the advent of jet powered aircraft.
Feast with the fulsome lords and ladies of beautiful Bunratty Castle.
Reminisce on hardships of the past with an Angelas Ashes walking tour.
Foynes & Glin.
Remember the era when Foynes was the epicentre of the aviation world.
The ferry crossing can be a social occasion, a chance to swap stories.
A photographers dream. Carrigafoyle Castle lies in a sea of reeds.
The warm seaweed baths on the strand just have to be experienced !
Essentially the north-most part of Banna Strand. A surfing paradise !
Miles of wonderful beach complete with sand dunes and wild birds.
Location of several large scale gun-running escapades over the years.
The Rose of Tralee festival is now a global celebration of Irish culture.
A large windmill built by Sir Rowland Blennerhassett in the early 1800's.
Brandon & Conor Pass
Breathtaking views on this, the highest & most dramatic pass in Ireland.
Home of the meticulously crafted 9th century Gallerus stone oratory.
A precarious harbour at the bottom of a steep cliff face. Just wonderful.
The Blasket Islands.
The Blaskets were home to many famous writers including Peig Sayers.
Slea Head Drive.
Every bend in the roadway brings extraordinary new vistas and views.
Step back in time inside Ventry's fascinating iron-age beehive huts.
Meet Fungi the wild dolphin, Dingle's incredibly obliging ambassador.
An awesome beach! Mile after mile of flat sand and wild Atlantic rollers.
According to the song, birthplace of Jack Duggan, the Wild Colonial Boy.
Six miles of sparkling water, golden sand, great dunes, & a shipwreck.
Enjoy a evening swim in clean cold Atlantic waters. Shockingly good!
A bustling regional centre, especially on festival and market days.
The car ferry link to Knightstown presents some breathtaking views.
We loved the simplicity and the colouring of the old quayside buildings.
Large colonies of Atlantic puffins & Manx shearwaters. Simply stunning.
Walk in the footsteps of the extraordinary monks of the 6th century AD.
Wild unspoiled beaches and coastal walks, along with the best of food.
Charlie Chaplin loved Waterville and returned annually with his family.
A superb natural harbour within sight of Scariff and Deenish Islands.
Impressively wild and solitary. Home of The Liberator, Daniel O Connell.
Castlecove & Gleesk.
We want to buy this house and berth our boat in this delightful harbour.
Now you can adopt a wild mountain sheep for just 50 euro a year !
A haven of tranquility, gourmet food, and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy !
The ancient Drombeg Stone Circle, dating from 900BC, has to be seen.
Charming and full of character. Surely Ireland's most colourful village ?
The final resting place of the mythical and unfortunate Children of Lir.
Sharing a cable-car with two sheep will be remembered forever !
The sort of unexpected bay that makes you want to anchor and swim.
Allow your rythms to slow as you are ferried to this tiny island. Enjoy!
A busy working harbour surrounded by colourful shops & musical pubs.
Adrigole & Healy Pass.
Treat yourself to some of the very finest panoramic views in Ireland.
Famed for its outstanding natural beauty. A thriving tourist hot-spot.
We loved the historic water wheel, period shopfronts, & Bantry House.
Challenge yourself to a tiny portion of the 200km long Sheeps Head Way
A great yachting bolt-hole in a storm, but even better in sunshine.
The ideal base from which to explore the south-west corner of Cork.
Wild and, at times, fairly furious. We loved the solitude of Dunmanus.
You're half way over to America now so keep an eye out for the lights.
So good its been designated a Special Area of Conservation by Europe.
Comes with air purified by a 3000 mile salt-laden Atlantic passage.
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. A delightful holiday base.
Sailing paradise. The perfect mix of protected and unprotected waters.
For many emigrants Ireland's Teardrop was the last sighting of home.
Cape Clear Island.
A parallel universe of calm & tranquility between bustling ferry arrivals.
With two pubs and a population of 100, you'll never be waiting for long.
Often called the Hub of the West. The perfect base for exploring Cork.
Once the haunt of Pirates. Now playground to more friendly seafarers.
A deep lake of highly oxygenated warm water of great bio-diversity.
One of the most charming gems of West Cork. A delightful stop-over !
Colourful trawlers cluster together in this haven of calm from the sea.
Enjoy a quiet pint looking down over Glandore's picturesque harbour.
Surrounded by superb blue-flag beaches.One of the jems of West Cork.
A sparkling market town, and centre of traditional musical culture.
Whale spotting, beautiful Timoleague Abbey, and a storytelling festival.
Old Head of Kinsale.
The ultimate golfing experience. Practically out on the Atlantic Ocean.
A feast of activity & colour. Undoubtedly the gourmet capital of Ireland.
The perfect centre for windsurfing, kayaking, & advanced sail training.
It was here that Sir Francis Drake hid from the Spanish Armada of 1588.
A fortified deep-water port, now home of the Irish Naval Service fleet.
The very last port-of-call for the extraordinary but ill-fated RMS Titanic.
Supported York in the War of the Roses, earning the title The Rebel City.
Very fine regency house, arboretum, gardens, wildlife park, & marina.
Once one of the great reference points of International shipping.
Famous, over the years, for the many brave exploits of its lifeboat crews.
Sir Walter Raleigh, Youghal Mayor, brought potatoes to Europe in 1585
Stunning ecclesiastical ruins and an extraordinary 12th C round tower.
Helvick & Ring.
Nestled close to An Rinn village, the heart of the Waterford Gaeltacht.
A thriving seaside and market town. Waterford's administrative capital.
Quaint and tiny fishing port in the centre of the Copper Coast Geopark.
Surely one of the finest and wildest surfing beaches in all of Ireland.
Thatched cottages, colourful fishing boats, and fine sandy beaches.
A charming and history laden ferry port and fishing settlement.
Home of the rather famous Mc Alpin's Suir Inn seafood restaurant.
Ireland's oldest city, and home of the Waterford Crystal experience.
Experience a tragic past aboard the Dunbrody Famine Ship Museum.
Crusading town built by the Knights Hospitallers St John in the 1450's.
Once a strategic military outpost, and protector of Waterford City.
800 years and counting! The oldest operational lighthouse in the world.
Step back in time at Slade Harbour's enigmatic Norman Castle.
Fethard on Sea.
The Liliput sized harbour which was once attacked by the British fleet.
The Saltee Islands.
The bountiful avian realm of Prince Michael the First of the Saltees.
Thatched cottages, colourful trawlers, and a family of cheeky seals.
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