The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland spans some of the most gorgeous scenery known to man. Measuring in at a gigantic 2,500km in length, this is one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions and it is easy to see why. The stretch of this famous path that travels through County Kerry offers up some of the most beautiful views in the country. We have compiled a list of the top 5 things to see along the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry.
Located a mere 8 miles off the coast of the Iveragh Peninsular in Kerry, this island is well worth a visit. Although boat crossings are only possible in better weather, if you get the chance to head over you should definitely take it. With a 1300 year old monastery built into the cliffs of this iconic island, the island will leave you with a haunting bliss for weeks to come and the memories will last a lifetime.
Located just outside the village of Waterville, Loher Stone Fort might not be the only fort you see during your travels, but it is certainly one of the best. A remarkably understated fort that is surrounded by lush, green farmland, it’s the perfect place to stop off for a picnic and let the kids run loose for an hour.
Everyone loves a good lighthouse and Tarbert lighthouse is one of the best yet. Having come into operation in 1834, the history this lighthouse must have seen is immense. With a great view of the ocean and the town of Tarbert to explore, this is a great way to spend a relaxed afternoon with the camera. You’ll be able to get some stunning shots of the amazing view.
High cliffs with near vertical drops, impressive sea stacks and an almost impossible number of sea caves, the views at Bromore cliffs are undeniably awe-inspiring. A walk along the top of the cliffs is an absolute must to get the true feeling of power these cliffs have to offer and you needn’t worry as they’re completely fenced off so you’ll get the incredible views with only a fraction of the danger!
A ruined former cathedral dedicated to Saint Brendan, this impressive structure is now a heritage tourism site. Oozing with history and with rooms everywhere you look, you’ll find yourself spending longer than you expected at Ardfert Cathedral. Wonderful, breathtaking and packed with history, there’s more to this ruined cathedral than initially meets the eye and only those that take the time to explore it in depth see the true nature of this building.
Indeed, the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry is one of the areas of the trail with the highest density of things to see. Views, structures, nature and much more, be prepared to spend more than just a day or two traveling this section of coast!Looking for the best coffee along the Wild Atlantic Way? Come check us out!
Paul O'Carroll is the owner of Bookshelf Cork and co-owner of The Bookshelf Kerry. As a barista he is in charge of all things coffee. When he isn't plotting new ways to create amazing new coffee, brunch or dessert ideas, he likes to explore the Wild Atlantic Way of Kerry and Cork. He also writes about what makes these amazing 2 counties special.
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