CLIFF COAST DRIVE ITINERARY ON THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

This circular route of 257km (160 miles) takes in a large portion of the Clare coastline starting in Limerick City.

START YOUR JOURNEY

Drive northwest on the N18/M18 to the town of Ennis and then the N68 then southwest to Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary. From Kilrush take the N67 north-westward to the seaside resort of Kilkee with its Victorian streetscape and fabulous crescent beach.

From Kilkee your journey will take you northward along the stunning County Clare coastline to Lahinch via Doonbeg and Spanish Point. Lahinch is a popular destination for anyone with an interest in water-based activities and the beach here is considered to be one of the best in Ireland so do stop off for a while, if your schedule allows.

Back on the road again, take the R478 west to reach Liscannor with unhindered panoramic Atlantic views south to Spanish Point and Mutton Island. There’s a short unpaved pathway from the local Cloghaundine road which provides pedestrian access to rocky outcrops along a considerable stretch of coastline – take care though!

From Liscannor the R478 takes you north to the world-famous Cliffs of Moher, now a Signature Point on the Wild Atlantic Way and one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. Stretching for 8km along the Atlantic coast, these impressive cliffs reach 214m at their highest point.

Next stop is the charming village of Doolin surrounded by the spectacular bare limestone landscape of The Burren and the Atlantic Ocean. The village is a popular tourist destination and renowned for its traditional Irish music. From Doolin you can also catch a ferry to the Aran Islands though we recommend you allow time to stay overnight there to really experience the island way of life.

Travel north again and join the R477, which brings you back to the coast with wonderful views of The Burren’s karst landscape as you travel through Fanore and on to Black Head. At Black Head you can enjoy wonderful views across Galway Bay to the Connemara coastline, stretching westwards from Galway City. Leaving Black Head the R477 takes you to Ballyvaughan a small harbour village nestled under the high ridge of Gleninagh Mountain, which affords shelter from westerly gales.

From Ballyvaughan you can of course retrace your steps along the coast or start the journey back to Limerick on the N67 southward, through The Burren first to Ennis and then on the N18/M18 once more to Limerick.

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