Published on : Saturday, August 12, 2017
Wild Atlantic Way has ranked alongside America’s Route 66 as one of the world’s ultimate road trips by Lonely Planet. It has found its place alongside classic routes like Australia’s Great Ocean Road and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Road in a new book of the 50 best drives in the world.
The travel bible named the 2,500km route from Kinsale to Derry at the tip of the country as “untamed and utterly divine”.
The new travel book said, “Ireland’s west coast is a dramatic procession of deserted beaches and towering cliffs where traditional music and ancient castles abound.” The route, has reinvigorated tourism all along Ireland’s coast.
Lonely Planet referred to the famous Oscar Wilde quote of “savage beauty” to describe the Irish scenery. It said, “Ireland’s west coast is battered by Atlantic rollers, strewn with jagged cliffs and littered with wide beaches and sandy coves. It’s a place where inky lakes shelter between mountains, sinewy stone walls clamber across hillsides and trees are frequently bent double by the wind. The roads here are narrow and winding, grass often grows along a hump in their middle and a herd of sheep can easily scupper all plans.” Donegal’s “gloriously deserted beaches” also get a call-out in the description of the country’s most-renowned road trip.
The Clare County Council-owned attraction has undergone substantial investment in recent years and its position as a signature point along the Wild Atlantic Way has contributed to its growing popularity.
The other Irish route named among the 50 road trips on the planet is Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway Route, now heavily signposted with ‘Game of Thrones’ locations.