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Wild Atlantic Way, Galway

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Stretching for 2,500 km (1,553 mi), Wild Atlantic Way passes through dozens of towns, attractions, and spots worth including on your itinerary. The route traverses the west coast of Ireland, with part stretching along the north and south coasts as well--nine counties and three provinces encompassed by this tourist trail include everything from County Donegal in Ulster to County Cork in Munster. Along the way, you'll be able to stop at nearly 170 points of interest to learn more about Irish history, culture, art, and modern way of life. Arrange your visit to Wild Atlantic Way and discover more family-friendly attractions in Galway using our Galway tourist route planner.
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Stay at the center of Ireland's "Most Irish City," Galway City, by booking a hotel or hostel near Eyre Square, from which all city sights are walkable. If you prefer accommodation with more character, stay at a charming guesthouse or bed and breakfast just outside of the center, or look for lodging in the city's Latin Quarter, a bohemian neighborhood lined with cafes, galleries, and pubs. If you want to explore Galway County, book accommodations in the city, since it's a tourism and transportation hub on the West Coast. If you prefer the quiet countryside, seek out small, family-owned guesthouses on the Aran Islands or a cottage on the Connemara Peninsula.
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  • All the Wild Atlantic Way is a very scenic route with breathtaking views.Beware of the season you will visit ireland since most of the days of the year the weather is rainy  more »
  • Watch for those brown WAW highway signs as you drive along the Irish coast. You will not be disappointed, with spectacular scenery coming into view every few kilometers. You will drive through some sp...  more »
  • I wish I would have known about this sooner. This drive can be picked up outside of Kinsale (near Cork), and runs basically along the coast all of the way up to Northern Ireland. If I drove Ireland ag...  more »
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  • Fantastic experience – Extremely professional and an excellent quality of service from everyone involved - Highly recommended to anyone We had a great group overnight trip out to Inis Mor on Atlantic Blue at the end of April 2017. Organisation was very simply as Colette took care of everything. The team were extremely helpful throughout the booking and very quick to respond to any queries we had. Colette was also there to welcome us on to the boat. The weather wasn’t great on our way out to Inis Mor, but there was an excellent set of full wet weather gear waiting for everyone. The team at Atlantic Way Sailing had also had an excellent picnic on board for us and lots teas and coffees to keep the spirits up during the trip over. Cormac our skipper made everyone feel comfortable and safe on the boat, most of the group had never sailed before. He is obviously an extremely experienced sailor as well as an excellent host. He gave us lots interesting insights into the history of the local landmarks as we sailed past them, and encouraged anyone who was keen to get involved with the sailing. We stayed on the boat that night. Atlantic Blue is very comfortable and very well kitted out with everything you could possible need on the trip. All slept soundly after a day at sea. Next morning we had a lovely breakfast, lots of fresh fruit, homemade bread and fresh juices and coffee, then set sail again for Ros a` Mhil. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and hope to return for another trip soon.
  • everything about our sail out to the Aran Islands could not have been more perfect. from Colette's timely & effective correspondence in the planning stages, to the directions to the Rossaveal marina, the selection of our captain who went out of his own way to make our sail a splendid experience, to the lovely yacht and the cozy foulies! added bonus... the weather cooperated in fine fashion AND the seal showed up at the marina upon our return. i chose AWS for our sailing outing in Ireland because of the professional appearance of the boats, gear and staff that i saw over the internet. the email correspondence over a number of months only enhanced my opinion of that professionalism. but now, after sailing with them, i am certain, i couldn't have made a better choice! what a 5 star sailing operation! thank you SO much for making a lifetime of memories, in just one day! i'd sail with you every week, if only the commute from Baltimore wasn't so far!
  • Really enjoyable way to see Galway Bay and the islands, luxury and excitement!