The quaint village of Knock in Ireland is best known for its Knock Shrine, a beautiful basilica and one of Europe’s most visited Marian shrines, but it's also an entry point into one of the world's best driving routes: the Wild Atlantic Way. From the wind-whipped tip of Malin Head to the safe haven of Killary Harbour, wrap yourself in the wilderness of the west coast of Ireland on the world's longest defined coastal touring route.
What to see and do along the Wild Atlantic Way:
- Co. Donegal is untouched, off the radar and crying out for exploration. Malin Head is at the very tip of the Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland’s most northerly point. Not far from here are the Slieve League Cliffs which are said to be some of the highest and best examples of marine cliffs in Europe.
- Jutting out of Co. Sligo’s northern edge, the small peninsula of Mullaghmore sits dramatically out into the North Atlantic and is home to the tiny village of Mullaghmore overlooked by Ben Bulben mountain. This mountain inspired the Irish poet WB Yeats, and is one of the reasons the county is known as Yeats Country.
- Co. Galway is famous for it's buzzing city, filled with delicious food and traditional music but there is so much to explore outside the city. Killary Harbour is a picturesque fjord, which forms a border between Galway and Mayo, in the heart of Connemara. Ringed by mountains, the fjord is often speckled with dolphins and is the perfect serene break.
- Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC)