I did this road trip in a hired campervan back in September 2015 and it is still one of the best journeys I ever took. It’s the trip that finally convinced me to start-up a blog and to try pursue a career in travel. Without being biased (honestly!), the west coast of Ireland has to be one of the most spectacular scenic routes in the world.
The route itself is 2,500km. Making it the longest defined coastal route in the world. Along the route there are 157 discovery points, 1,000 attractions and more than 2,500 activities. I added an extra 500km onto this road trip as I started in Dublin and followed the coastal road north into Belfast and through Northern Ireland before meeting the ‘start’ point in Donegal
The route itself is divided into six different coastal regions (as shown above).
1. Northern Headlands
Rocky. Remote. Romantic. Beneath skies streaked with Northern Lights, follow the curve of the coast from this island’s northernmost point at Malin Head, past lonely Fanad Head Lighthouse to the sweeping Slieve League cliffs.
2. Surf Coast
Wave-riding thrill-seekers and sensitive souls alike lose their hearts to the Surf Coast, where pounding waves and poetic silence exist side by side. From Mullaghmore and Downpatrick Head to Yeats Country and beyond.
3. Bay Coast
Secluded beaches? Check. Indigo waters? Check. Sheep-spotted hills? Check. Keem Strand, Killary Fjord and Derrigimlagh Bog weave between Mayo and Galway in a bountiful display of Ireland’s inherent beauty. The Bay Coast has been waiting for you.