The Wild Atlantic Way – Top 6 Incredible Places to Visit

Clayton Hotel Limerick is on the gateway to the popular Wild Atlantic Way coastal drive which makes us the perfect base to explore the western coast of Ireland. Set off on a true adventure with walks along far-flung headlands, visits to national wonders, and some of the most impressive historical places. Planning your journey along the coast and discovering hidden gems is all part of the fun of a drive along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Here are our top picks to include on your journey;

Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare

You simply cannot travel to Ireland without paying a visit to Ireland’s top tourist attraction, the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher, situated in County Clare along the wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs of Moher have majestically faced the Atlantic for over 350 million years and their beauty is incomparable – it is Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction, so it’s one of the must things to do near Limerick and you will understand why.

The Cliffs of Moher are located 1 hour 20 mins from the Clayton Hotel Limerick.


Ollie’s Tours

Cliffs Of Moher Hiking Tour From Doolin

Embark on an unforgettable hiking tour of the Cliffs of Moher with an expert guide, and experience the stunning beauty of this iconic Irish landmark like never before.
Lasting approximately 3-4 hours, the hike includes plenty of opportunities for rest and photos. Along the way, your guide will share fascinating stories and take you to the most picturesque spots, making this an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.
At the end of the tour, relax at the Cliffs of Moher visitor center and grab a coffee, or explore the indoor exhibition and O’Brien’s Tower for even more stunning views. This hiking tour is the perfect way to explore the Cliffs of Moher in a unique and unforgettable way.

Aran Island Tour

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Aran Islands on this unforgettable day trip to Inisheer. Your ferry, bike rental, and a local islander’s tea/coffee and scones are all included, so all you have to do is sit back and relax as you take in the stunning views on the 20-minute boat ride to Inisheer. As you step onto the island, you’ll be transported to a world of rolling stone walls, traditional Irish culture, and the freshest air the Atlantic Ocean has to offer.

Your expert guide will show you around the island by bike, taking you to hidden gems like sunken graveyards, shipwrecks, and castles. For those who do not wish to cycle, there is also an alternative tractor-drawn trailer tour available. After your tour, you’ll have the unique opportunity to enjoy a private tea/coffee and scones experience with a local islander. Our expert guide will bring you to a local cafe where you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy delicious tea and scones at a reserved table.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Aran Islands. Book your trip today and let us take care of all the details so you can focus on enjoying this beautiful island paradise.

Our guests can avail of 10% when booking public tours.
Use code Clayton10 when booking online via www.


Kilrush Marina Co. Clare

Board the ‘Dolphin Discovery’ in Kilrush Marina for a cruise along the north shore of the Shannon Estuary, home to Ireland’s only known resident group of bottlenose dolphins. The kids will love sailing alongside their newfound friends as they jump and play in the waters beside the boat. With a 98% success rate of encountering those flippers and fins, squeals of delight from your little skippers are highly likely, too.

Lahinch Beach and Surf School

Lahinch Surf School is based at the beach hut on Lahinch promenade in Lahinch County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. Here Lahinch Surf School provides a friendly, safe and fun introduction to the exhilarating art of surfing.

Ireland’s biggest range of surf school surfboards. From 10 foot monster boards that make surfing easy for taller/stronger people, to 6 foot short boards, we have you covered. No matter what your surfing ability or experience, the aim is to make surfing easy for you. That’s when it gets fun!

Lahinch Surf School is located 1 hour 10 mins drive from the Clayton Hotel Limerick.


Aillwee Caves, Co Clare

Aillwee Caves are in the heart of the Burren In County Clare. Perched high on its Burren terraced mountainside with what has to be one of the most spectacular views of Galway Bay. It is a must activity in Clare for all who find themselves in the area.

The Burren is a place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. Let the staff at Aillwee welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this area. Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely tour. The tour consists of a 30-minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor!

Aillwee Caves are located 1 hr 15 mins drive from the Clayton Hotel Limerick.


Doolin Village, Co Clare

Doolin Village, situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, boasting some of the most breath-taking scenery in Ireland and with a colourful and welcoming village.

Located on the edge of the historic Burren in northwest County Clare, and within easy reach of the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the unique Aran Islands, Doolin’s dramatic landscape cannot easily be forgotten.

Doolin is the home of traditional Irish music, with plenty of music and craic to be had every night. You can take a clifftop walk breathing in the crisp, salty Atlantic air while appreciating the beautiful wildflowers, discover the great stalactite at Doolin Cave, explore the rugged landscape or go on an Atlantic cruise to appreciate the unique coastline from a different perspective. Adventure is waiting for you in Doolin!

Doolin Village is located 1 hour 15 mins drive from the Clayton Hotel Limerick.


Doolin Ferry Co.

Doolin Ferry Co offers a range of sailing options to the world-renowned Aran Islands and iconic Cliffs of Moher, making for a truly memorable day out on the Wild Atlantic Way. With journey times as short as 15 to 35 minutes depending on which of the 3 islands you visit, you can explore ancient forts, historic castle ruins, medieval churches, lighthouses, beaches, playgrounds, and more. Amongst the many highlights are Fr.Ted’s Plassey Shipwreck on Inis Oírr and ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ film locations on Inis Mór, the largest island which also boasts Dún Aonghasa fort and the Worm Hole (Red Bull Cliff Diving Venue).

You can also combine any island trip with an exhilarating cruise beneath the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which is a unique way to enjoy Ireland’s most loved attraction. The live commentary fills you in on the wildlife, nature, and history of this stunning stretch of coastline, site of the Harry Potter sea cave and home to Ireland’s largest seabird colony at An Brannán Mór Sea Stack. Keep an eye out for puffins, dolphins, seals, or basking sharks, and make the most of this unforgettable experience.
Our guests can avail of a unique discount code for 10% off any booking.

Use code claytonlimerick when booking online via

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