The Northern Portion of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

How do you tourists find these places? Even the Irish don’t know about them.” a local asked.

“Oh, there’s an app for that,” said Al.

A panorama of Portnoo Beach in Ireland

Portnoo or Port Nua

We had stopped in Portnoo and were talking to some locals about a nearby hamlet called Maghery. And we’d found it using the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ app for our drive along the Irish coast.

A panorama of Maghery Beach in Ireland

Maghery Beach

This map shows just the Donegal portion of the Wild Atlantic Way marked with a thick blue line – the WAW carries on a long ways south and is full of tiny-unheard-of places.
Donegal 'Wild Atlantic Way' route on a placemat Our first contact with the Wild Atlantic Way was on the Inishowen Peninsula with its road signs marked with blue zigzags. This is the Irish-speaking part of Ireland (darker green on the map) and most of the road signs gave the place names in Gaelic.A Wild Atlantic Way road sign on the Inishowen Peninsula in Ireland This caused a few problems with programming the GPS which did not appear to speak Irish.A drive along a narrow road on the Inishowen Peninsula in Ireland What do you find on this portion of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’?

Narrow, twisty roads following along a spectacular coastline with beaches, rocky cliffs, wild water (and weather) and little hidden harbours.

Bloody Foreland in Ireland

Bloody Foreland.

A peat truck blocks our way on the road from Maghery, Ireland

Peat trucks.

Farmhouses with cows on the Inishowen Peninsula in Ireland

Tiny hamlets with cows.

Windsurfer on Traemore Beach in Ireland

Windsurfer on Traemore Beach.

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3 responses to “The Northern Portion of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

  1. That’s so interesting, I was just reading about a coastal town in Northwestern Ireland called Galway a few hours ago. I guess this means I should give it further consideration as a future vacation destination

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