One of the many great things about working at Golden Ireland is hearing back from holidaymakers who take the time to let you know how their trip to Ireland went. Geraldine from Golden Ireland caught up with Michael and Dee from Norfolk who travelled to Ireland by ferry in June 2022 on a mission to discover the Wild Atlantic Way, from Clare to Donegal.
The total mileage for the trip was 2800 miles (including to and from Holyhead!).
Accompanied by some great imagery, huge thanks to the couple for sharing their memories of Ireland as follows:
“Our Wild Atlantic way journey began in Shannon and ended in Muff so it took us right up the west coast, across the top and down to the Northern Irish border. It was a stunning drive with stunning scenery. We took as many of the WAW site diversions as we had time for.
Our 7 main highlights were:
The Burren – the amazing limestone pavement in Co. Clare
Derrigimlagh Moor – Connemara, Co. Galway. This uniquely beautiful area of blanket peat bog and lakes is also the site of the first Commercial Transatlantic Wireless Transmission and the landing place of Alcock and Brown, the first Trans-Atlantic flyers, in June 1919.
Matt Molloy’s Pub in Westport, Co. Mayo. Great music venue. Live traditional music 7 nights a week.
Bhinn Bui – as the most northerly point in Co. Mayo, Bhinn Bhuí (Benwee Head) offers a spectacularly remote site where you can take in the Atlantic Ocean from the north side or enjoy a walk over bogland and sheep paths.
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Co. Sligo. The oldest and the densest concentration of Neolithic tombs in Ireland.
Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Cliffs. A mountain on the Atlantic coast of Co. Donegal. At 601 metres, it has the second-highest sea cliffs in Ireland and some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. (NOTE: Everyone told us to go to the Cliffs of Moher. We tried but the sheer numbers of coach parties made it unattractive. We reckon that the Slieve League cliffs are a better option, both for visitor numbers and the actual cliffs themselves.
Malin Head, Co. Donegal. Malin Head is the most northerly point of mainland Ireland, known to many through the BBC shipping forecasts and one of the sites for the “Eire” signs from the 2nd World War.”