Lotte from Phenomenal Globe: My top 7 things to see along the Wild Atlantic Way
Born and raised in the Netherlands, I have travelled to 38 different countries, exploring the world in whatever way possible. From that time I can tell you, one of my favourite ways to travel is by campervan. After hiring a campervan for 42 days to explore New Zealand, I couldn’t wait to pick up my Bunk Camper and explore Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way.
I love the freedom of having my own wheels because it allows me to explore a country at my own pace. I could get off the beaten track and visit more remote places, like driving to hiking trail heads and waking up to stunning views on deserted beaches. There are also plenty of opportunities for me to pull over to take pictures of all the stunning scenery (to the point where it drives my husband mad ;-).
The freedom and flexibility that campervan hire affords means there is no need to book a hotel or plan where you’ll be by the end of the day. With your home on wheels you only need to find a place to park for the night!
Parked up in co. Galway at the Galway Bay Golf Resort
I hired the Vista campervan from Bunk Campers which is a compact and economical campervan that comfortably sleeps up to 4 people. Being able to combine the cost of accommodation and transport was a big bonus, as both usually make up a large chunk of my travel budget.
To cover the entire journey you’ll need to plan ahead and ensure you have enough time to see everything you want to see along the way. We didn’t manage to cover the full 2500km in 5 days, but we definitely intend to drive every kilometre of this amazing route on future trips! For now, the first leg of the journey was Galway and Kenmare. Below are some of the highlights from our trip that should not be missed;
1. Dunguaire Castle
Visiting the 16th century Dunguaire Castle, one of many Ireland relics on the Wild Atlantic way
No visit to Ireland is complete without a visit to one of it’s magnificent castles. Dunguaire Castle lays just south of Galway city and is a 16th century tower house that sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay. Its architecture is described as simple yet magnificent and it lies just short stroll from Kinvara village. Visit between April-October and enjoy a delicious banquet at the castle whilst being entertained with songs, stories and poems.
2. The Cliffs of Moher
Sunny days at the magnificent cliffs of Moher!
Ireland’s most visited natural attraction and I completely understand why! These amazing cliffs stand at an impressive 214 meters tall and drop straight into the pounding Atlantic Ocean. We parked our camper in the car park before taking a walk along the cliff top trail. Thankfully, we had a beautifully sunny day so you could see along the shore for miles.
3. Hag’s Head
Hag’s Head is the most southerly point of the Cliffs of Moher
Hag’s Head is a strange fortification a short walk from the Cliffs of Moher. It’s the perfect place to get away from the crowd and admire the soaring cliffs and the endless ocean.
4. Dingle Peninsula
The coastal roads of Ireland are packed with twists, turns and incredible scenery.
Ireland is famous for it’s beautiful landscape and the road to Dingle, co. Kerry, is no different.The road to the little village of Dingle was spectacular and I particularly loved the warm autumn colours of the vegetation.
5. Dingle town
Colourful buildings of Dingle town
The town of Dingle: colourful, laidback and perfect for an early morning stroll. Having our campervan meant we could arrive early in the morning, meaning we had the whole day to explore! Dingle is home to a famous bottlenosed dolphin called Fungi who lives near by the harbour. You can take a boat trip along the coast to see Fungi & enjoy the beautiful bay surroundings.
6. Bentee Loop Walk at Cahersiveen
Bentee Loop, one of the many great walking and hiking routes around Ireland
The Bentee Loop starts in Cahersiveen and is a really great hike! It’s a steep climb but the incredible 360 views over the Iveragh Peninsula are absolutely worth the effort… Because we had our Vista camper we could easily reach the Bentee Loop trailhead and meant we weren’t relying on tour bus timetables or public transport.
7. The Ring of Kerry
Travelling the Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry, one of the most beautiful roads I have driven in my life, was simply amazing! On the Ring we visited Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Sneem and Kenmare. If you have more time, I would have loved to visit Portmagee and Valentia Island as well… Next time, there is always next time!
Exploring part of the Wild Atlantic Way by campervan was an amazing experience and something I will definitely do again. I loved being able to pull over at any of the beautiful viewpoints to have a freshly cooked lunch in our camper. (We especially made the most of this on the way from the famous Cliffs of Moher to the Dingle Peninsula)
The Vista 4 berth camper with shower, toilet, GPS & reversing camera!
Bunk Campers’ Vista campervan was excellent and the on board facilities (cooking equipment, sink, gas hob, bathroom and toilet and GPS) made our trip run so smoothly. With comfy beds to relax in at the end of the day, what more could you need? Having the camper allowed us to explore the Wild Atlantic Way at our own pace, get off the beaten track to places like the Stone Fort of Loher and stay overnight at the most beautiful locations, such as Inch Beach.
Parked up by the amazing Strand beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
Visiting Ireland had been on my wish list for a long time and I doubt there are many countries more suitable for a campervan road trip. I went with expectations of picturesque soaring cliffs, cute stone houses, green hills and fairy-tale castles… Ireland proved to be everything that it was made out to be and I was not disappointed! Plus with five sunny days on our campervan road trip, Ireland really did everything to perfectly show off its beauty.
I cannot recommend a campervan road trip around Ireland enough; it’s truly an unforgettable experience… Ireland, thank you!
Read more about my trip on www.phenomenalglobe.com.
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