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The Wild Atlantic Way

Have you ever dreamt of embarking on a journey of discovery, to hidden places and secret worlds where all kinds of enchantments lie waiting for you?  Limerick is the ideal central and convenient location from which you can explore the most captivating,
coastal driving route in the world – The Wild Atlantic Way!

The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland's 2,500-kilometer drive along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to West Cork. There are 156 strategically placed discovery points along the way. In little villages and towns that snuggle into the coastline indulge in your passion for good food and great wine. Cliffs, Loughs, trails and pathways the Wild Atlantic Way shows nature at its wildest. Wherever you go along the Wild Atlantic Way you will encounter moments of magic, moments to treasure and experiences that you will want to return to again and again.

Along your path of discovery, you will find the Absolute Hotel. Located only 20 minutes from Shannon International Airport in the medieval
quarter of Limerick City this boutique design-led, contemporary city centre hotel is only minutes’ walk from classic landmarks such as King John’s Castle, the Hunt Museum, Thomond Park and the Limerick Milk Market.

Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way in Limerick

This travel plan will take you on a 257km (160 miles) journey, starting and ending in Limerick City

• From Limerick, take the N18/M18 to the town of Ennis and then the N68 then southwest to Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary.
From Kilrush take the N67 to the seaside resort of Kilkee.

• Travel northward along the coast to Lahinch via Doonbeg and Spanish Point. Lahinch is a popular water-sports
destination and is Ireland’s ‘surf central’. Its beach is considered one of the best in Ireland.

• Take the R478 west to Liscannor and enjoy panoramic Atlantic views south to Spanish Point and Mutton Island.

• Take the R478 to the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. One of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions, the Cliffs reach 214m at their highest point.

• The next stop is pretty Doolin, surrounded by the spectacular bare limestone landscape of The Burren on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.  The village is renowned for its traditional Irish music while you can also catch a ferry from here to the Aran Islands.

• Take the R477 back to the coast with wonderful views of The Burren and continue on to Black Head – looking out across
Galway Bay to the Connemara coastline.

• Travel the R477 to the small harbour village of Ballyvaughan before starting the journey back to Limerick on the N67.