Solas Ireland Walks and Hikes is based in our home place of Inishowen, Co. Donegal, in the North West of Ireland. The famous Wild Atlantic Way touring route starts in Inishowen and nearby Derry or Londonderry, just cross the border in Northern Ireland, is the main transportation hub for the region. An ancient walled city with a rich cultural heritage, Derry is famous for giving its name to the tune ‘The Londonderry Air’ and became the U.K.’s first City of Culture in 2013.
The peninsula of Inishowen is also bounded by the natural borders of Lough Swilly to the west, Lough Foyle to the east and Malin Head to the North. Inishowen and its people has been shaped and moulded by the wild Atlantic. Scenically beautiful and full of history, the region has a timeless and remote feel that makes it a unique destination. Also known as ‘Ireland in miniature’ due to our diverse and varied landscape, we really do have it all with stunning beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers. Living on the very edge of the Atlantic up here in Co. Donegal, we likes to think that we put the ‘wild’ into Wild Atlantic Way.
“Wild is the word that best describes Donegal. Geographically all but cut off from the rest of the Republic by Northern Ireland, the northwesterly county is marked by dramatic landscapes carved out by heavy Atlantic swells and fierce winds – a place where you don’t have to travel very far to be alone.”
– National Geographic Traveller, Donegal 2017
The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the world’s longest and most spectacular touring route at 2,500km or 1600 miles in length. It contours around Ireland’s stunning coastline with scenic wonders, culture and history around every corner, from Malin Head in Inishowen, Co. Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork.
While it is possible to drive all of the Wild Atlantic Way in about three weeks or so, we recommend experiencing it like a local by getting to know its people, stories and hidden gems.
This trip of a life time is best savoured rather than rushed. Many part of the Atlantic Way are perfect for exploring by foot. So get your hiking boots on and leave the car behind. Feel the the wind in your hair and the spray of the Atlantic on your face. Become one with nature.
There is nothing quite like it.