From tranquil sandy beaches to dramatic craggy mountains, Ireland has a smorgasbord of breathtaking landscapes for you to feast your eyes on.
With Tempo Holidays offering a number of varied itineraries it is easy to see Ireland at your own pace or in a small group. And the best way to see the varied scenery that this island has to offer is along the famed Wild Atlantic Way along the magnificent Atlantic Coast.
Your passport to discover wild Ireland
This 2,500km stretch is so famous that before you begin your Irish adventure you can pick yourself up a personal Wild Atlantic Way passport. The passport can be obtained at select post offices or tourist offices and will serve as a fabulous memento of your time on the world’s longest coastal touring route. At 188 points of interest along the rugged coastline you are able to obtain a stamp in your passport (often at local tourism offices) and upon completion you will be entitled to the ‘Wild Atlantic Way Certificate’ and be entered on the register. The passport also serves as a great way of getting to know the locals – a quick chat as you collect your stamps could turn into a dinner at a favourite local restaurant or tips for a great secluded beach spot.
Our Wild Atlantic Way self drive package spans eleven days (shorter options are also available) forming a loop from Dublin. The drive encompasses some of the nation’s most quintessentially Irish sights. Highlights along the route include the 15 metre surf of Donegal coast; the picturesque fishing town of Newport; and the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe of the Slieve League, providing incredible views to the crashing Atlantic below.
Delicious food & breathtaking views
Further south, the beautiful Connemara region is characterised by contrasts and colours, mountains, lakes, and so much fresh produce. A great stop along the way is at Kylemore Abbey and the nearby Connemara Smokehouse in Clifden to try the delectable home-smoked salmon, while a pint in a traditional pub in Dingle is a must. With beautiful mountains, medieval ruins and pristine beaches, the Iveragh Peninsula is well worth exploring on foot. From here look out with wonder to the UNESCO World Heritage Skelligs. These two sandstone rocks jutting out of the ocean have been a sacred place of pilgrimage for 1,300 years.
While in County Kerry, admire a marine landscape with a visit to the wreck of The Sunbeam, a schooner that wrecked in 1903 but astonishingly did not wash up to shore until 2014. This is just one of many shipwrecks dotted along the coast of the Wild Atlantic Way, where the land and sea collide.
Curling slightly inland, the dramatic Healy Pass through the mountains and back down to the sea at Glengarriff is unforgettable, and a ferry to the unique subtropical microclimate on Garinish Island is worth the side trip. The final leg of the drive takes in the Rock of Cashel, the ancient seat of Irish Kings, before arriving once more in Dublin.