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.

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.

Garrihy Family’s Doolin2Aran Ferries

Departing from the picturesque coastal village of Doolin, visitors who cross the Atlantic Ocean get to enjoy incredible views of Galway Bay and the beautiful Clare coastline. Moreover, the open skies and surrounding landscape are a haven for birdlife, wildlife, flora, and fauna that include Puffins, Guillemots, dolphins, basking sharks, and a vast limestone plateau in this UNESCO Geopark on the Wild Atlantic Way. All the while, the Garrihy team is on hand; ready to provide tips, insights, and a true Irish family welcome.

Visit Doolin2Aran Ferries and use code claytonlimerick to get 10% off any booking.

Please Note: While the Information in this post is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of the Information. 

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