Trip, trek, break, repeat! Ever considered living life on the ‘wild’ side? From Donegal to Cork, Causeway Campers uncover the best Wild Atlantic Way walking hikes in Ireland.
We get behind the wheel of one of our superior motorhomes and take a road trip along West Coast Ireland to explore magnificent hikes for walking enthusiasts. With our fully equipped campervans and motorhomes, county to county we enjoyed all the perks of living life on the road, in the fast lane, slow lane, and mountain terrain! After a day’s trekking, we kicked back and relaxed with our own panoramic views of Ireland’s west coast!
Here, we uncover the places we found the most spectacular, in our end-to-end drive along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Slaibh League (Slieve League) – Donegal
First stop Slaibh League (Slieve League), County Donegal. A trip to Ireland would not be complete without a visit here.
With the carpark just a short walking distance from the cliffs, we commenced our hike from here. The trek offered spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a dramatic, vast and unspoiled mountain with the walk proving steep in some parts.
The cliffs, coastline and rock formations all add to the beauty. If you’re brave enough (which thankfully we were), challenge yourself to the full hike over One Man’s Pass. The name says it all, but it certainly added to our sense of accomplishment.
You’ll definitely deserve a few refreshments after this hike. Back in the comfort of our well-equipped motorhome, we rested before our next stop – Sligo.
Time: Approx 3 hours
Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird – The Devil’s Chimney – Sligo
This is a much simpler hike and perfect for kids. A short 30 minute uphill hike took us through a wooded area and on to view Ireland’s highest waterfall (150m high) which appeared to have no limits and stretch to the sky.
The waterfall flows off Ben Bulben mountain. It’s recommended to visit during high rainfall as it adds to the gush and roar. With the wind driving the waterfall back up into the sky, it made it appear like smoke – hence where it gets its name. When you turn around you see spectacular views of Glencar Lake.
A short 15 minute downhill trek took us back to our motorhome where we kicked off our hiking boots for some well-earned lunch and relaxation.
Distance; 1.2km to the top.
Time; 30 minute walk up to the waterfall/ 15 minutes down
Croagh Patrick – Mayo
Legs rested, it was time to tackle this beast. We set off early in the morning to minimise the potential of fog. I vaguely remember completing this as an 8-year-old so my confidence level were – let’s say – pretty high.
The terrain is rocky and there’s lots of loose rocks. Once at the top, the views of Clew Bay and Ireland’s west coast are breath-taking. Our massive sense of accomplishment was polished off just nicely with a cup of tea at the top.
After this walk – we really did appreciated all the little comforts of our motorhome. Spacious and cosy, it was just perfect.
Admission; Hourly rate carpark
Time; Approx 4 hours
The Doolough Famine Walk (Killary Fjord, Connemara) – Galway
We started this commemorative walk at Delphi and completed the 17.7km stretch (one way). Remember to arrange a return lift! Every year, people from across Ireland and visitors from America complete this walk in memory of the Doolough tragedy.
The walk covers Counties Galway and Mayo. It is a sad and very poignant journey whereby walkers remember all those who tragically died on their journey to be granted continuation of food relief during the Irish Famine.
After this walk, we really reflected on the simple things in life. The motorhome was just perfect for everything we wanted to achieve – a simple appreciation.
Time; 3.5 hours
Cliffs of Moher – Clare
In truth, this was the main reason for our journey to the Wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs of Moher welcome approximately 1 million tourists every year and I yearned to know what exactly it was all about.
The entire coastal walk from Hag’s Head to Doolin is 18km. We completed the entire hike. The sound of waves crashing, smells of the ocean and amazing views made this trip to the cliffs a very spectacular one.
With lots of lovely restaurants in Doolin, we decided it was steak night – to add some protein to the muscles after our hiking adventures.
Time; Approx 3.5 hours
Dingle Peninsula Hiking – Kerry
There are any number of hikes to choose from here – we choose to walk to along Dunmore head – Ireland’s westernmost point. The walk takes in views towards Slea Head and Blasket Island and offers a rich flavour of Irish farming culture with little stone walls perched along the way
Hiking holidays are popular along this mountainous landscape which stretches over 48km, taking you from the town of Tralee, along the southern shores to Dingle Bay, Inch Bay and then onto Dingle town.
With so many options for hiking in Dingle Peninsula, this is another reason for us to return to the Wild Atlantic Way in our luxurious motorhome.
Beara Way (Glengarriff) – Cork
Beara Way is a long circular trail that begins and ends at Glengarriff, County Cork
The signposted walk is a grand total of 196km and typically takes 9 days! The circuit takes in a combination of mountain and coastal views. We completed a diluted version that by no means disappointed and walked west towards Adrigole. Once there, we treated ourselves to hot food and a well-deserved cold drink before heading back to Glengarriff.
Time; Typically 9 days (our a smaller stretch on a day trip)
We thoroughly enjoyed our county-to-county road trip along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The location of our hikes meant a home-from-home environment was essential – which we definitely got in our motorhome. It allowed us to immerse ourselves in the outdoor experience and provided a different view for us every morning.
If you are planning a fly-drive to Ireland and would love to participate in one, or indeed all of the hikes we completed, Causeway Campers offer collection points at;
Belfast City Airport
Belfast International Airport
Derry City Airport
Port of Larne
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