Wild Atlantic Way - The Surf Coast
WIND AND WAVES, WAY OUT WEST
Surf's up along the wave-crashed coasts from Donegal Town to Erris
The Wild Atlantic Way stretches west along the wave-crashed coast from Donegal Town to far-flung Erris, recently voted Ireland’s ‘Best Place to Go Wild’.
In truth, you can surf almost the entire western seaboard. But this particular stretch includes Bundoran and nearby Mullaghmore Head, renowned for drawing surfers (and those who simply love to observe the battle between warrior and wave) from across the globe to see the fabled Prowlers wave in action as well as for international events.
The red-gold beach of Strandhill, too, has become a mecca for those who simply want to feel the reinvigoration of the saltwater spray.
Bundoran, Donegal’s most southerly town and Ireland’s premier seaside resort, is aptly nick-named “Fundoran” due to its excellent surfing and family friendly amusements and activities.
Bundoran is the jewel in the crown of the North West with something for everybody – splendid beaches, thrilling outdoor adventure and a wealth of family friendly activities
A well-known surfing paradise Bundoran was named in the World’s top 20 surfing resorts by National Geographic in 2012. There are a number of surf schools offering surf packages and courses for novices dreaming of chasing their first wave and the more experienced surfer looking to take on some challenges.
However, Bundoran is not just a surfers paradise – it is also a Family Friendly Designated area and the kids will be kept busy with an indoor aqua centre, a cinema, a selection of playgrounds (both indoor and outdoor), a bowling alley and pitch & putt course.
Bundoran is also a great base for the lovers of the outdoors. It’s the perfect stop off for cyclists taking on the 326km North West Cycle Trail which weaves its way through counties Donegal, Sligo, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Leitrim.
If you are a festival fan, Bundoran won’t disappoint. The Sea Sessions music festival in June attracts top Irish and international bands. There is also a regular country music circuit with top acts playing in one of Bundoran’s many top venues.
The town is also a mecca for anglers, walkers and golfers. And if you want to kick back and relax soak up in the seaweed baths in the centre of town.
If you’ve ever wondered where to find the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’, look no further than Donegal, the remote, sparsely-populated Irish county was awarded this coveted title by National Geographic Traveller for 2017.
While the name may conjure images of Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) or Cionn Fhánada's (Fanad Head) iconic lighthouse, lesser-known gems also pepper the landscape and they’re what make this region truly shine. All along County Donegal’s sea lough-pocked Wild Atlantic Way coastline - from windswept Horn Head jutting defiantly into Sheephaven Bay to the alluring Blue Flag surfing beach at Rossnowlagh in the south - you’ll find places to visit and things to see and do that will stir the soul and arouse the senses.
Making up the entirety of the Wild Atlantic Way’s Northern Headlands region and capping the northern reaches of the exhilarating Surf Coast, Donegal is where you’ll find the longest mainland shoreline in the country, along with Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area, its most northerly point (at Malin Head) and a proud sense of community inspired by the wild, virtually unexplored terrain at its doorstep. From Glenveagh National Park to the unmatched sight of the aurora borealis shimmering on a winter’s night, exploring Donegal is a great way to find solitude and surprises in equal, unforgettable measure.
SLIABH LIAG (SLIEVE LEAGUE)
Blow away the cobwebs with a visit to some of the highest sea cliffs in all of Europe at Sliabh Liag (Slieve League). This holy mountain, for over a thousand years a Christian pilgrimage site, rises 600m above the waves, offering arresting views over the Sligo Mountains and out to sea.
Just a short drive from
the Wild Atlantic Way, the tallest peak in County Donegal rises from the landscape not far from Gweedore. Known for its rosy glow at sunset, Errigal is an unmissable sight as well as a climbable peak, with a twin summit reachable across a narrow pass.
GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK
Deep in the Derryveagh Mountains, the 16,000 hectares of Glenveagh are a haven for wildlife and one of the best places in Donegal to reconnect with nature. Officially opened to the public in 1986, today the park welcomes visitors from all over Ireland and the world.
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