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25 Day Wild Atlantic Way Itinerary

Overview

 

Defined as one of the longest coastal drives in the world the Wild Atlantic Way, deserves all the time you can give it. On this 25-day road trip of a lifetime along the most western point of mainland Europe, immerse yourself in rich culture, ancient history, and stunning coastal scenery day after day. From unwinding at spellbinding beaches, to stunning landscapes and everything in between, this road trip has it all.

Duration

25

Days

Distance

703

Miles

Start/end - nearest depot

Dublin Dublin

Map Route

  • 1

    Dublin

    Bunk Campers Depot Dublin – Cork

    Distance: 165 miles

    Duration: Approx. 2 hr 49 min.

  • 3

    Cork

    Cork

     

  • 4

    Kerry

    Cork – Kerry

    Distance: 62 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 27 min

  • 7

    Limerick

    Kerry – Limerick

    Distance: 60 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 31 min

  • 8

    Clare

    Limerick – Clare

    Distance: 27 miles

    Duration: Approx. 37 min

  • 10

    Galway

    Clare – Galway

    Distance: 45 miles

    Duration: Approx. 54 min

  • 13

    Mayo

    Galway – Mayo

    Distance: 65 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 42 min.

  • 15

    Sligo

    Mayo – Sligo

    Distance: 55 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 23 min88

  • 17

    Bundoran

    Sligo – Bundoran

    Distance: 21 miles

    Duration: Approx. 33 min

  • 18

    Donegal

    Bundoran – Donegal

    Distance: 18 miles

    Duration: Approx. 25 min.

  • 21

    Enniskillen

    Donegal – Enniskillen

    Distance: 52 miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 24 min.

  • 24

    Cavan

    Enniskillen – Cavan

    Distance: 31 miles

    Duration: Approx. 44 mil

  • 25

    Dublin

    Cavan- Bunk Campers Dublin depot

    Distance: 72  miles

    Duration: Approx. 1 hr 25 min

Trip Details

Day 1 - 2. Dublin to Cork

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Dublin City before embarking on your road trip.

Dublin is a fascinating city home to highlights including Dublin Castle, the Guinness Storehouse, The Book of Kells and Trinity Library.

The city is also home to an array of shops and restaurants, and of course, the famous Temple Bar. Take the time to explore everything Dublin has to offer; the good music, the kind people, and of course, the good ‘craic’.

After collecting your home on wheels from the Bunk Campers Dublin depot, your Wild Atlantic Way adventure begins!

Head towards Blessington, pass through Kildare, and make your way towards Cashel. Stop and visit the must-see attraction, The Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s busiest tourist sites and most spectacular castles.

Continue your drive to Cork, and head to Blarney Caravan Park, your first campsite stop on the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Blarney Caravan Park

    This four-star family-run campsite is situated just outside Cork city. With a secluded and peaceful environment, it is the perfect spot to relax and unwind for a few nights. The park has a children’s play area and an 18-hole pitch and putt course. Views of Blarney Castle are visible from the play park.

    The park has 20 hardstands, tap water and a waste water drain.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    If you are visiting during the summer months, you can expect the Rock of Cashel to be very busy and populated with visitors. It is a spectacular and must-see destination on your Wild Atlantic Way road trip. Visit the site and catch a glimpse of the recreation of life in early rural land by the folk village.

  • You can also visit...

    You might want to visit the Clonmacnoise, a ruined cathedral, 7 churches, 2 round towers, 3 high crosses, and a large collection of grave slabs.

The Adventure From Dublin to Cork

Activites & Things To Do

3. Cork

The Cork stage of the Wild Atlantic Way route starts in the South of Cork in the picture-perfect town of Kinsale and ends in the Beara Peninsula near the town of Kenmare in Co. Kerry.

Spend the next two days exploring Cork and all it offers. Cork is filled with colourful towns and villages including Kinsale, Clonakilty, Rosscarbery, Skibbereen, Baltimore, Sherkin Island, Clear Island, Ballydehob, Schull, Whiddy Island and Mizen Head.

Garrestown beach is a great spot for surfing, swimming, or a sunset walk.

At Lough Hyne, Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve, you can enjoy a guided night swim. The perfect evening activity for the not-so-faint heart.

You might also want to visit the beautiful town of Cobh at Cork City’s harbour. Cobh is known as the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912.

Spend the next two nights at Blarney Caravan Park.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Blarney Caravan Park

    This four-star family-run campsite is situated just outside Cork city. With a secluded and peaceful environment, it is the perfect spot to relax and unwind for a few nights. The park has a children’s play area and an 18-hole pitch and putt course. Views of Blarney Castle are visible from the play park.

    The park has 20 hardstands, tap water, and a waste water drain.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    Cork harbour is said to be the second largest natural harbour in the world, just after Sydney Harbour in Australia. Make sure to visit the harbour and walk along the river side. Cork is also home to Europe’s narrowest and oldest bridge, that is still in everyday use.

  • You can also visit...

    Other places you might want to visit include Bursey Island, Glenview Gardens, Bere Island and Inchydoney Beach.

Explore towns & villages

Activites & Things To Do

Day 4 - 6. Kerry

On day 4, make your way towards Kerry, arguably one of the most scenic places along the Wild Atlantic Way route. With so much to explore, we recommend leaving at least three days to soak up all the natural beauty that this area of Ireland offers.

The Ring of Kerry scenic loop is famous for its remote beaches, stunning landscapes, historic sights, and charming towns including. Popular stops include Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage site made famous as a filming location for Star Wars and local sheepdog demonstrations. Meeting the local baby lambs on the farms will delight those lucky enough to travel in Spring.

In Killarney National Park, the traditional jaunting car rides or Horse and Trap rides, offer a welcomed break from driving. Take time to explore Muckross House & Gardens, Torc Waterfall and The Gap of Dunloe.

In the evenings, food and drinks enthusiasts will enjoy the atmosphere in local pubs and restaurants where local seafood and live music are the specialty .

Spend the night at Fleming’s White Bridge Caravan & Camping Killarney Holiday Park.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Fleming's White Bridge Caravan & Camping Killarney Holiday Park.

    Fleming’s White Bridge Caravan & Camping Killarney Holiday Park is located on the banks of the river Flesk. This rural campsite has everything you need to unwind and relax. The campsite has a laundry room with washing, drying and ironing facilities, a games room, TV/DVD room and more.

    Learn more

  • That's good to know...

    The Ring of Kerry loop is 111 miles long and takes around 3.5 hours to drive without any traffic or stopping at any of the amazing sights. It is recommended to allow up to 8-10 hours to embrace everything that the Ring of Kerry offers.

  • You can also visit...

    You might want to visit the village of Caherdaniel, located on the Iveragh Peninsula and famous for fishing. You can also visit medical gem Ross Castle, build in the 15th century which sits at the edge of Lough Leane.

EXPLORING KERRY

Activites & Things To Do

Day 7. Limerick

On day 7,  drive towards Limerick and explore the city.

If folk music is your scene then Limerick City is the perfect place for you. Enjoy local food, second hand items, jewellery and more at The Milk Market, one of Ireland’s oldest markets.

Head to King John’s Castle in the heart of Limerick and discover the history and stories that surround the castle.

Explore The Hunt Museum and the ancient treasures that hold the stories of Ireland.

Spend the night at Curraghchase caravan and camping park.

 

  • Curraghchase caravan and camping park

    Stay at Curraghchase caravan and camping park and enjoy the perfect nights rest. Located in a 600 acre forest, this is the perfect place to park up and relax.

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  • That's good to know...

    Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city. The former US President, John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather, Thomas Fitzgerald is from the small town of Bruff in east Limerick. As a result, the USA now has 10 places called Limerick.

  • You can also visit...

    You might want to visit the University of Limerick, Treaty Stone and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, just 20 minutes outside of the city centre.

Lovely Limerick

Activites & Things To Do

Day 8 - 9. Clare

Your next stop is County Clare. Here. many guests find the colourful village of Doolin a great base for exploring the otherworldly destinations on offer in this magic County. Spend the next two nights at O’Connor’s Riverside Camping & Caravan Park, close to the village centre.

From Doolin, take the Doolin Ferry for a day trip to the Aran Islands, famed for its distinctive knitted jumpers.

Just 20 minutes from Doolin is the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre. On the way, visit the famous Doonagore Castle, a 16th-century tower house located in the village of Doolin.

A little further afield, the lunar landscapes of The Burren National Park, Miltown Malbay & Spanish Point as well as Clare’s beautiful villages of Kilrush, Doonbeg and Quilty are all only a short drive away.

 

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    O'Connor's Riverside Camping & Caravan Park.

    Enjoy your stay at O’Connor’s Riverside Camping & Caravan Park located in the village of Doolin. This unique campsites provides stunning views of the Aille River.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    The Burren is a geological wonder in Ireland. This magical wonder is free to access, but you can book a guided walking tour to discover the Burren Discovery Trail.

     

     

  • You can also visit...

    You might want to visit the famous Aillwee and Doolin Caves. Journey through winding passages and discover amazing rock formations.

     

Exploring Clare

Activites & Things To Do

Day 10 - 12. Galway

Spend the next three nights at Renvyle beach caravan park, the perfect base to enjoy everything that Galway has to offer.

After parking your motorhome at the campsite, it’s time to explore Galway City. First, head to Galway City Museum and learn of the history of both Galway and Ireland. Take a stroll along Galway street market and listen to the various music sessions. Shortly, you will notice that the streets of Galway are filled with local artists busking and creating a beautiful background sound to your Galway adventure.

You can also head to Salthill Promenade and escape the busy city for a quieter afternoon.

Galway’s must-see destinations include Sky road driving route, Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, Diamond Hill and Cong, the village made famous by the Quiet Man. The beaches at Connemara including Dog’s Bay will simply take your breath away.

Why not spend one of your evenings, at Galway’s famous Eyre Square and soak up the night life. Or for a quiet night in, cook a meal in your motorhome, or  grab a takeout and play card games.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Renvyle Beach Caravan Park

    This campsite is situated on Renvyle Peninsula in Connemara. This family fun campsite dates back to 1967. Please note this campsite opens from May until September. The park lies on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with views of Clare Island, Inishturk, Achill, Mweelrea and Croagh Patrick.

    With direct access to the beach, you can fall asleep by the ocean.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    Galway is often referred to as the festival capital of Ireland. On average, the City hosts 122 festivals and events every year. Make sure to do a quick Google search before your trip, to make sure you don’t miss any festivals.

  • Also in the area...

    If you are interested in a more immersive tour of Galway, you can try out some of their popular tours. From the Cliffs of Moher Tour, to Aran Islands Tour, there’s always plenty to see and many stories to learn about Galway’s history.

     

THREE EPIC DAYS

Activites & Things To Do

Day 13 - 14. Mayo

Get ready to wave goodbye to Galway and head towards county Mayo.

Enjoy a slow drive towards Mayo. On the way, stop and explore River Moy which is famous for its salmon fishing.

A must-visit along the way is Westport town and Westport House, a Georgian-era state with years of history where you can park up and camp for the night.

Outdoor lovers will enjoy a visit to Achill Island which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The towering sea cliffs surrounding Keem Bay are some of the best spots along the Wild Atlantic Way and the island boasts several outdoor adventure centres.

In Mayo, Croagh Patrick, a mountain with a height of 764m offers another opportunity for keen hikers to enjoy a challenging walk. If you’re feeling up for a spiritual adventure, you might want to try one of Mayo’s Pilgrim route paths.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Caravan & Camping Park at Westport House

    Enjoy staying at one of Ireland’s Premier campsites. The Westport camping is the full experience from a Pizzeria, Bar & Bistro, to a leisure centre with a spa and gym, this campsite has it all.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know..

    Mayo’s stunning scenery is home to a wealth of history and legend, just waiting to be explored and unfolded. The oldest-known field system in Europe is found in Co Mayo.

  • You can also visit...

    Head to Matt Molloy’s and enjoy a pint and catch some live music.

Magic Mayo

Activites & Things To Do

Day 15 - 16. Sligo

On day 15, your journey towards Sligo will begin.

Beautiful Sligo is the perfect mix of sleepy villages and lively coastal towns.

Stop off at Keshcorran Caves and Strandhill and take advantage of the many surfing opportunities, or for a slower speed, try out the world class golf courses and blue fag beaches.

You might also want to visit The Devil’s Chimney, The Glen, The Caves of Keash or Rosses Point to name a few.

In your motorhome, the Gleniff Horseshow driving route offers spectacular views of the Darty Mountains and just 20 minutes away, Classiebawn Castle and Ben Bulben are the backdrop of the Mullaghmore Peninsula driving route.

Spend the night at Standhill Caravan & Camping Park.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Standhill Caravan & Camping Park.

    Standhill Caravan & Camping Park is the perfect family-friendly campsite to park up and relax. With shops and restaurants just a few minutes’ walk from the campsite, Standhill has everything you need, and more.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    Sligo is known for literary heritage and rugged countryside. To embrace the culture and history of Sligo, why not visit the loved attractions of the Gleniff Horseshoe, Mullaghmore and Classiebawn Castle, and The Glencar Waterfall walk (Leitrim).

  • You can also visit...

    From the Knocknarea hike and visiting Queen Maeve’s Cairn, to surfing, horse riding, golf, sea swimming, and much more, there’s something for everyone at Sligo.

Stunning Sligo

Activites & Things To Do

Day 17. Bundoran

It’s time to explore Bundoran, Ireland’s surf capital and the first Donegal stop on your Wild Atlantic Way road trip. Here you will find some of the best waves in Ireland.

The seaside town of Bundoran town is located near Ballyshannon, and is the most southerly town in Donegal. Here, get your thrills at Waterworld Bundoran or enjoy horse-riding at Donegal Equestrian Centre. You might also want to head over and explore Aughross Cliffs.

In the evening, head back to your motorhome and enjoy a home-cooked meal and an evening relaxing in your motorhome before another day exploring more of County Donegal.

Spend the night at Travers Holiday Park.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Travers Holiday Park.

    Travers Holiday Park is set in an area with natural beauty and stunning landscapes. Wake up and fall asleep by a stunning beach and lake. Located close to restaurants, you can head out in the morning to enjoy a lovely breakfast before hitting the road trip.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    As the first Donegal stop on the Wild Atlantic Way, you will want to take in everything this town offers. Head to Tullan Strand Discovery Point and take in all the beauty it offers with far-wide reaching views across Donegal.

  • You can also visit...

    Bundoran is Ireland’s surf capital. Take this opportunity to ride the waves, or if you’re a newbie to surfer, why not try out one of the surf schools, and tick surfing off your bucket-list.

Beautiful Bundoran

Activites & Things To Do

Day 18 - 20. Donegal

Over the next few days, you’ll spend more time exploring the unspoiled coastline of Donegal, Ireland’s kept secret.

From Bundoran, head to Teelin harbour where you enjoy views of Sliabh Liag, or get your sea legs on a boat trip to admire the views from sea level. Close to Teelin harbour, you’ll find the Sliabh Liag Visitor Centre where you can take a shuttle bus to the viewing point. The cliffs are located near Glencolmcille whose folk village is home to one of Ireland’s best living history museums.

Further north, get your steps up on a sunrise hike to Mount Errigal. From here, you can also visit the stunning Glenveagh National Park and Castle, Horn Head and Inishowen Head Loop.

Pack a picnic and watch the sun go down at one of the county’s blue flag beaches such as Downings, Ballymastocker Strand or Culdaff Beach.

For your final day in county Donegal, enjoy a leisurely day, relaxing and unwinding. Donegal provides a brilliant backdrop for a plethora of activities. Maybe you will enjoy a card of games in your motorhome, or watch a movie in the comfort of your motorhome.

Spend the night two nights at Rosguill Holiday Park.

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Rosguill Holiday Park

    This family owned campsite is located on the stunning Rosguill Peninsula on County Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. Get ready to be amazed at this campsite, as every pitch offers a view of Mulroy Bay and the stunning scenery.

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  • Sliabh Liag Camping

    Sliabh Liag Camping is centred at the foot of the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe. The cliffs reach a height of 1,972 feet/601 meters, which makes them nearly 3 times higher than the Cliffs of Moher and almost twice the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Wow, imagine ticking that off your bucket-list, and telling your story of sleeping with the stars.

    Learn more

  • That's good to know...

    Donegal is known for it’s wild and rugged beauty. About 25% of fish caught in Ireland come through the port at Killybegs. If your visitng, and if you love fish, make sure to try some of Ireland’s fresh and delicious fish.

  • You can also visit...

    Other worthwhile attractions include Malin Head, Slieve League Cliffs, and Fanad Lighthouse.

The Beauty of Donegal

Activites & Things To Do

Day 21 - 23. Enniskillen

On route back to Dublin, stop off in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh and explore everything this beautiful town has to offer.

Explore Enniskillen Castle Museum and the Marble Arch Caves. You might want to head to Lough Erne and enjoy the slow pace of life around the lake.

Take today at your own pace. Spend a leisurely day on the water, see the lake’s islands, try a spot of fishing, renting a boat in Lough Ramor is the perfect option. Dedicated fishermen can cast off from a variety of locations around the lake without using a boat.

You might want to visit the BoatYard Distillery on the banks of Lough Erne.

For a journey back in time, visit Florence Court a large 18th-century house and estate.

If you wish to end your road trip here, you can head to our Belfast depot and return your vehicle. Please make this clear at your time of booking that you will return at a different depot than you collected from.

Spend the night at Castle Archdale Caravan and Camping.

 

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Castle Archdale Caravan and Camping.

    This campsite is located on the shores of Lough Erne. Enjoy fun for all the family with a wide range of facilities and activities. From playgrounds to water sports and open spaces for all the family, including your four-legged friend.

    Learn more.

  • That's good to know...

    Enniskillen has a rich history worth exploring. Enniskillen Castle was first built in the 15th century, and has played a key role in the town ever since. Make sure to stop by the castle and see the beautiful vision for yourself.

  • You can also visit...

    For a trip down the river, try out Erne Water Taxi and sail down the river in style.

Exploring Enniskillen

Activites & Things To Do

Day 24. Cavan

On the route home, stop off at Cavan. This town lies near the border with County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.

Famous for its many lakes, the source of the River Shannon, Cavan is a beautiful town to explore on your way back to the depot. Explore Lough Ramor and take in all its beauty.

Popular destinations in the area include The Cavan Burren Park, The Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim. 

You might want to take a walk through the beautiful Killykeen Forest Park.

Cavan is surrounded by impressive historic castles and landmarks. One in particular the Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower. 

Spend the night at Erne View Campervan & Caravan Park

  • Bunk Campers Motorhome Parked at a Campsite
    Erne View Campervan & Caravan Park

    Enjoy your final campsite stop at Erne View Campervan & Caravan Park. A local family-run campsite, located on the banks of the River Erne. Facilities include electricity and running water.

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  • That's good to know....

    Cavan is known as the ‘Lakeland County’ and is reported to contain 365 lakes.

  • Also in that area...

    Why not head to Cabra Castle and enjoy afternoon tea in style. You also might want to head to the Deerpark Forest and enjoy an afternoon stroll in nature.

Relaxing in Cavan

Activites & Things To Do

Day 25. Dublin

It’s the last day of your Wild Atlantic Way road trip and the journey back to the Dublin depot is underway. Take your time, travel at your own pace, and enjoy every minute of the Irish drive in your Bunk Camper.

  • Before You Return

    Make sure you take all your personal belongings with you at the end of your holiday. Please ensure that you return your Bunk Camper with the same level of fuel as when you collected it. Don’t forget to empty the waste tank before the campervan is returned. If you purchase our ‘Drop and Go’ hassle-free return option, then you will not be expected to empty the waste water tank.

  • Don't forget

    After your motorhome holiday, you will be given a repeat guest discount to travel with us again and explore more of the UK & Ireland.

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Pet Friendly Holiday

Bring your furry friend along for the holiday. You can take up to two pets on your Bunk Campers motorhome, and trust us, they will love it!

 

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What's included with my rental?

For your comfort and convenience, your rental comes with a kitchen kit, unlimited mileage & more.

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Responsible Motorhoming

Your holiday is all about freedom and fun but, it’s also important to recongise the importance of responsible motorhoming.

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Holiday Checklist

Holiday Checklist

To help you get on the road, we’ve created the ultimate holiday checklist. We supply the basics and offer optional extras, but there’s a few times you should remember to pack.

 

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