Picture yourself cruising along Ireland's stunning west coast, where every turn reveals breathtaking views and charming villages waiting to be explored.

The Wild Atlantic Way is the world's longest coastal touring route stretching 2,500 kilometers. The epic drive hugs the rugged Irish coastline and offers a front-row seat to some of Ireland's most breathtaking vistas. 

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From the majestic cliffs of Malin Head to the picturesque beaches of County Cork, buckle up for an unforgettable adventure through Ireland's wild and wonderful landscapes, steeped in history and ready to welcome you with open arms.

As the Wild Atlantic Way celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2024, there's never been a better time to plan your visit. Plus, take the stress out of your road trip with Europcar, Ireland’s leading car rental company

Find the hidden gems 

Take a scenic drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, chosen as National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Cool List 2024', and discover the hidden gems that served as the backdrop for some of the most memorable scenes in Irish cinematic history.  

Dursey Islands, Co Cork

Visit Dursey Island, a hidden gem off the southwest coast of Ireland. Accessible by Ireland's only cable car which crosses the open waters. A 10-minute ride across and you can see Europe's last sunset! 

Aran Islands, Co Galway

The Aran Islands, go back in time and visit the largest island, Inishmore, to see a true marvel of ancient Ireland, the Dún Aonghasa perched atop a 100-meter cliff top. Dating back over 3,000 years, it’s one of the oldest Iron Age forts in Ireland. The Banshees of Inisherin movie was filmed on the island!

There are three Aran islands to visit from the mouth of Galway Bay, all accessible by passenger ferry. Visit to experience the Irish culture and hear the Irish language which is widely spoken around the islands.

Connemara National Park, Co Galway

The Connemara National Park offers scenic mountains, little coves, fishing villages, and a picturesque circular driving route. For panoramic views of Clifden Bay and offshore islands, take the Upper Sky road; there is a parking lot at the highest point. While in Connemara, make sure to take the boat trip across Killary Fjord. Dolphins also frequent the waters, especially around the small island towards the mouth of the fjord.

Sturrall, Co Donegal

The Sturrall hike is a spectacular coastal trail that winds its way along the rugged cliffs of County Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way. Starting from the village of Glencolmcille, this hike offers views of towering sea stacks, hidden sea caves, and the dramatic coastline below. 

Fanad Head, Co Donegal

Fanad Head in the north coast of Donegal offers splendid views over Ballymastocker Bay, miles of golden, sandy beach which was previously voted the 2nd most beautiful beach in the world. Take a guided tour of the Fanad Head Lighthouse and climb to the top for the views.

How long does it take to travel the Wild Atlantic Way?

While you can do the 2,500km trip in a few days, we recommend you take your time and spend a week or two to enjoy the scenery and soak up the local culture. 

You’ll find plenty of places to stay along the way, where you’ll always be greeted with a warm Irish welcome. If you travel from south to north, you’ll sit alongside the Atlantic Ocean for much of the journey as Ireland drives on the left.

Whether you're looking for a quick road trip or a more immersive adventure, there's something for everyone along this spectacular coastal route.

Who is Europcar?

Europcar has locations all over Ireland, with international airports such as Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, Shannon Airport, and Knock Airport serviced by staff dedicated to ensuring you start and finish your vacation the best way.

You can also find Europcar along the Wild Atlantic Way such as Cork, Kerry Airport, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, and Letterkenny ensuring you can access their vehicles wherever you need them when you need them. 

At each location throughout Ireland, Europcar offers a wide range of vehicles, including compact cars, SUVs, electric vehicles, and luxury models. With comprehensive insurance coverage available and 24/7 roadside assistance, you can explore Ireland's breathtaking landscape with peace of mind.

Visit Europcar.ie to reserve your vehicle and start planning your Irish adventure today, with a 10% discount on your Europcar rental. You can also follow them on Facebook and X.