Limerick is an ideal, central, convenient and multi-faceted base from which you can explore the very best of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Wild dramatic coastline, unforgettable cliff walks and rolling hills - peppered with historical ruins, picturesque villages, bustling market towns and breathtaking views. From Malin Head to Kinsale Harbour, this is Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way - 2,500km of coastal road that takes you into the heart of a unique way of Irish life. It’s a journey of music and people, of hidden beaches, peaceful bays and epic cliff tops.
With Shannon Airport just a quick drive away, and the rich cultural, sport and musical flavour of the region - Limerick is your perfect introduction to what lies ahead.
Add in some city style and convenience and Limerick is your ideal base to explore Wild Atlantic Way.
Here’s a taste of how you can use Limerick as your Wild Atlantic Way base, and set forth for great adventures ahead..
This itinerary is a circular Wild Atlantic Way route of 257km (160 miles) which starts and ends 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.
The Shannon Estuary Way
The Shannon Estuary is a spectacular and unspoilt estuary located just off the Wild Atlantic Way. Along the Shannon Estuary, you will find delightful towns, pretty villages and world famous fishing sites. This scenic driving route winds it way through the stunning and changing landscapes of West Limerick and offers everything from medieval heritage to outdoor adventure along the way.