A journey shaped by the invading sea, with world famous views that will take your breath away. 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 scenic drive caters for tourists of all ages and tastes. If your holiday itinerary allows for only a few days or up to several weeks look no further, as the Wild Atlantic Way route has it all.
The route is 2,500km long and includes 156 discovery points along the way but the route itself has hundreds of others for individuals to discover by themselves. There are also 15 designated ‘Signature Experience’ points along the way.
Whilst staying with us at Glenlo Abbey, you can take a day trip and visit come of the ‘Signature Experience’ points that are located in Co. Galway as detailed below.
You can hire a bike in Connemara's 'capital' Clifden, and strike out across the starkly strange blanket bog - a mosaic of tiny lakes and peat, crossed by a single narrow road - to uncover two remarkable events of 20th century history. Stick to the Bog Road, and soon you'll pass the scattered remnants of the world's first permanent trans-Atlantic radio station - built by Marconi more than a century ago, and burned to the ground during the Irish War of Independence. At its peak it employed several hundred people, transmitting world news across the ocean. Close-by is a white aeroplance wing-shaped memorial to Alcock and Brown, who crash landed - uninjured - into Derrigimlagh Bog in 1919 at the end of the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic. In this lonely spot, two resonant examples of the western seaboard's trans-Atlantic ties. "next parish, Manhattan", as the say in these parts.
Killary Harbour/An Caoláire Rua is a fjord located in the west of Ireland in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 kilometres long and in the centre over 45 metres deep. It is one of three glacial fjords that exist in Ireland, the others being Lough Swilly and Carlingford Lough.
On its northern shore lies the mountain of Mweelrea, Connacht's highest mountain, rising to 814 metres. To the south rise the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. The area contains some of Ireland's most awe-inspiring and dramatic scenery.
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