Wild Atlantic Way County Kerry
The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal drive in the world, and for visitors to County Kerry looking to experience natural beauty, and the breath-taking scenery of the coastline, this is a journey for you.
A one-of-a-kind adventure and the road trip of a lifetime, the Wild Atlantic Way’s stunning 2,500km stretch of coast offers all this and more. The Wild Atlantic Way leads along the Irish west coast starting on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal and ending in the little town Kinsale in County Cork. Kerry boasts the longest section of the Wild Atlantic Way with 19 Discovery Points, 4 Embarkation Points and 1 Signature Point, and with plans to development even more.
The Kerry route never fails to create countless memories. From cliff top views to great hikes and from historic cities to picture perfect coastal villages and some of the best surfing in the world, the Wild Atlantic Way drive caters for tourists of all ages and tastes. Slow down and experience attractions, walks, cycles, golf, fishing, surfing, swimming and places to stay along the Wild Atlantic Way Kerry.
You can join the Wild Atlantic Way at any number of points along its length, complete it in either direction and enjoy the many shorter side loops. There’s a distinctly edge-of-the-world feel to the Kerry Wild Atlantic Way
The ‘Atlantic Discovery App’ contains rich community derived location specific information such as sites of interest, walks, activities, current events, and amenities. It also guides you to your next stop along the Wild Atlantic Way while highlighting points of interest along the intervening route.
Boasting remote ancient islands, sublime cinematic scenery, world-famous heritage sites and sandy shores galore, County Kerry is truly exquisite. Covering much of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Southern Peninsulas region, enjoy exceptional walking trails and breath-taking driving routes that stretch over up to five striking peninsulas.
Co. Kerry is also characterised by its peninsulas that strike out into the Atlantic, including the Iveragh Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula, and the Dingle Peninsula which is as far west as one can travel in Ireland. The western coast also has the Skellig Islands, the Blasket Islands and Valentia Island nestling just off the shoreline.
Along the Wild Atlantic Way, Kerry has been identified as having two “Signature Discovery Points” in other words, Wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way’ iconic must-see sights along Ireland’s west coast.
Blaskets View, Co Kerry. Go as far west as the Wild Atlantic Way will takes you, and you’ll catch a glimpse of a group of fabled islands; deserted, battered by the elements, but endlessly fascinating. This viewing platform offers commanding views of the Blasket Islands, a group of islands no longer inhabited but very important to the cultural heritage of this area and in particular to the Irish language.
Skelligs View, Co Kerry. The Skellig Islands sit approximately 12km (8 miles) from the village of Portmagee in County Kerry. Accessed via boat trips from Valentia, Portmagee or Ballinskelligs, these islands are instantly representative of Kerry’s elemental west coast. Skelligs is a UNESCO World Heritage Site once described by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw as “part of our dream world”. The appearance of Skellig Michael in a small but very pivotal role in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw a surge in visitors to the island as Star Wars fans flocked in their thousands to see the site where Rey locates the missing Luke Skywalker.