The 1,500-mile coastal route (abbreviated WAW) stretches from County Donegal to Kinsale, County Cork, along the Emerald Isle’s western seaboard.
It takes in some of the most fabulous scenery that Ireland or, for that matter, the planet has to supply.
My four-day road trip started in County Clare at the towering Cliffs of Moher as I and my partner escaped the city.
The splendid views of lush paddocks, sparkling water and a spectacular blue sky in no way got tiring as we walked the five-mile stretch.
The cliffs are also residence to the largest colony of seabirds on mainland Ireland, so if you happen to be a nature lover this is a trip you basically cannot afford to miss.
We then headed for nearby Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.
This castle was constructed in 1425 and is the most comprehensive and authentic medieval structure in Ireland.
As we entered we had been greeted by costumed “ladies of the castle” serving a delicious mead (old fashioned name for beer) ahead of listening to the musicians in the fantastic hall.
Meanwhile, The Bunratty Folk Park is a reconstruction of the homes and atmosphere of Ireland in the 19th century.
The principal village street comprises charming shops, pubs and homes, furnished as they would have been in Victorian occasions. Some of them are nonetheless inhabited by villagers who gladly demonstrate how life and function was organised in the previous.
We were fortunate enough to taste some home-made goods, such as Irish stew created with lamb, potatoes, carrots and onions. History genuinely comes to life here! We then drove south to Killimer and took the ferry across the Shannon to Tarbert, Co Kerry and chilled at the Fels Point Hotel in nearby Tralee.As constantly in Ireland, we received a warm welcome from everybody from the porter to the girl in the bar. Any trip to Ireland would not be full with no a visit to the Dingle Peninsula at the very west of Europe. Famed for its rugged beauty and cultural heritage, the location has lengthy been a holiday destination.
When reaching the peninsula’s principal hub at the colourful fishing village of Dingle, we jumped on a boat to see Fungie the dolphin who often escorts the town’s fishing boats to and from port.
Our subsequent cease was the Blasket Centre in nearby Dun Chaoin.
This fascinating heritage centre/museum honours the special neighborhood who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953 and tells how hard island life was for the inhabitants.
While we were in the mood for exploring, what much better spot to pay a visit to than the South Pole Inn, at the village of Annascaul?
The location is the birthplace of well-known Antarctic explorer Tom Crean who enlisted in the British Navy, aged 15, and was a member of Captain Scott’s team which raced to attain the South Pole.
Upon leaving Annascaul, we took the road south to Killarney and the scenic National Park where we explored the lakes, picturesque castle ruins and simple walking paths.
Subsequent day we drove to the sheltered harbour village of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay and caught the 15-minute ferry to the modest island of Ilnacullin. We then continued our non-quit trip to Co Cork and the must-see attraction at Mizen Head Signal Station Lighthouse.
The lighthouse is much better recognized as The Teardrop of Ireland, which for millions of Irish individuals who emigrated to America was a final glimpse of home and the Emerald Isle.