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5 Must Sees Along the Wild Atlantic Way of Co.Kerry

The County Kerry stage of the Wild Atlantic Way stretches over 450km between Kenmore and North Kerry. Driven or cycled it takes approximately three days to complete but with the sites to see along the way it is advisable to take your time and really enjoy it. This will give you the ideal opportunity to meet new people and see the real Ireland including places like Sneem, Waterville, Portmagee, the Valentia Islands, Glenbeigh, Ballyheige, Ballybunion, and Tarbert.

With so much to see on your journey along the Wild Atlantic Way and perhaps not enough time to see it all, you will need to make a decision on where is going to be a stop on your journey and where is not. There are certain things, however, that you don’t want to miss and here are five of them.

Clifden

The coastal town of Clifden is located in Galway’s picturesque Connemara area about halfway along the Wild Atlantic Way. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, twelve ben mountains, and bogland area it is one of Ireland’s most famous towns

Cliffs of Moher

The cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most attractive tourist destinations and you atlantic way journey would be incomplete without seeing them. You will also be able to see the Galway Bay, Aran Islands, Blasket islands and the Dingle peninsula from them on a clear day.

Dursey Island


Dursey Island is a must see for the adventurous. Only accessible by Ireland’s only cable car it is a ten-minute journey to the island with water waves crashing below. You may be scared at first but worth it as the island is home to incredible sunsets locally known as ‘Europe’s Last.’

Kylemore Abbey

This castle built in the late 1800’s by Mitchell Henry, an MP and wealthy businessman Kylemore Abbey is a must see. Henry created this estate boasting all the innovations of the modern age. Since 1900, however, it has been run by the Benedictines.

Surrounded by woodland and with lakeshore walks, there is plenty to see and take in at this abbey. It also has the largest walled garden in Ireland. Should you get hungry you could always stop off at the cafe or garden tea house.

Kylemore Abbey offers history talks three times a day in the abbey and walled garden tours in the summer. You can also buy award-winning chocolates made by the Benedictine nuns in the gift shop.

bunratty castle

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle

This castle is the most authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Built in 1425 it is now home to fabulous 15th and 16th-century tapestries, furnishings,  and art works. It also holds medieval banquets nightly all year round.

If gardens are more your thing they also have a walled garden originally regency in style but refurbished in typical Victorian style. Guided tours are available of the gardens and the castle which contains the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country.

About the Author Henry Hunt

Henry Hunt's culinary career began early on, inspired by his parents and their love and respect for quality and tradition. He sought opportunities to further develop his own creativity and trained as a chef in the Caribbean, Australia and Europe. Working in Michelin restaurants L'ecrivian Dublin, Le Cygne Geneva and the Fat Duck Berkshire to name but a few. This culinary pilgrimage gave the basis of The Smugglers Inn and Smugglers Cafe with a mixture of traditional and modern cuisine.

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