The 9 most Instagrammable stops on The Wild Atlantic Way

Jaw-dropping does not even begin to describe the Wild Atlantic Way. This is 1,500 miles of some of the world’s most striking and diverse scenery.

Want to explore it for yourself? Plan your own trip with our guide to the most gorgeous spots. Then grab your phone and prepare to make your Instagram followers very jealous…

1. Your birds-eye view

Looking for an unforgettable spot to get an insanely beautiful video? Then capture the cable car journey from Ballaghboy to Dursey Island, Co. Cork. Not only is this the only cable car in Ireland, it’s the only one that travels across open sea water in Europe. The island is a haven for nature lovers, with lots of opportunities to spot birds, dolphins and even whales.

2. Kerry’s silver screen looks

Dunquin is the gateway to the Blasket Islands and is a proud Irish-speaking village. This tiny community got its time in the spotlight in 1970 when parts of Ryan’s Daughter were filmed there. And the local pub Kruger’s still proudly displays pictures from the production. Take a walk to the hills above the winding pier at sunset for one of the most romantic views in Ireland.

Wild Atlantic Way
Dunquin pier (Dún Chaoin), Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

3. The last bridge standing

There is something magical about the Bridges of Ross in Co. Clare. Originally a trio of sea arches, there is now just one remaining bridge. Still as spectacular as ever, you just have to walk a few hundred metres off the road to witness this natural phenomenon. And when you’re in the area, make sure to check out the 17th century Loop Head Lighthouse. If you’re there during the tourist season, make sure to book in for a guided tour.

4. Tick this off your bucket list

One of the most famous attractions in the entire island, the Cliffs of Moher is a must-visit destination for any Wild Atlantic Way explorer. These gigantic sheer cliffs drop theatrically into the Atlantic and the carefully designed walkways provide ample opportunities for amazing shots. And while you’re in the area, take a quick detour to see iconic Poulnabrone Dolmen. This ancient portal tomb was constructed almost 6,000 years ago. That makes it even older than the Egyptian pyramids.

Cliffs of Moher , Wild Atlantic Way
Cliffs of Moher

5. Epic trek across Connemara

For a completely different way to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, saddle up and ride a Connemara pony into the sunset. Take in the sandy beaches and rugged rural landscape of Galway’s west coast. And don’t forget to ask your guide to snap a picture of you on your steed so you always have a memento of the day.

6. Ascend for heavenly views

Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo is one of the most famous and sacred pilgrimages in Europe. But whatever your beliefs, the vantage point at the top of the 2,500ft-high mountain will take your breath away. The sight of the emerald green islands scattered across the deep blue waters of Clew Bay always makes the hike worthwhile.

7. Ancient history meets unique ecology

Home to the oldest field system in the world, a unique wild blanket bog, megalithic tombs and dramatic coastal scenery, the Céide Fields in Co. Mayo has it all. Head here for incredible cliff and sea stack views. Then when you’re finished snapping, pop into the visitors centre for a cup of tea and a homemade scone. This stunning building is expertly designed with the landscape in mind and is worthy a photoshoot all of its own.

8. Poetry in nature

In the heart of Yeats Country, Ben Bulben is a distinctive flat rock formation in Co. Sligo. It provided inspiration for several of W.B. Yeats poems and it’s not hard to see why. The mountain’s unusual shape was carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age and is studded with fossils. For a striking shot, take a picture of Classiebawn Castle with the mighty Ben Bulben as a backdrop.

Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo, Wild Atlantic Way
Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo

9. Ireland’s crowning glory

At Ireland’s northern tip, Malin Head in Donegal has epic rocky scenery and an Atlantic seascape that stretches on as far as the eye can see. If it looks familiar, you might just recognise it from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Named after one of Ireland’s mystical queens, Banba’s Crown is the most northerly point on the island and is a must-visit spot for any Instagrammer worth their (sea) salt!

Find great value flights to Ireland with Aer Lingus.

Thinking about a trip to Ireland this year? Check out these 11 hidden gems not to miss on your next visit.