We created a Wild Atlantic Way map over the course of around 30 hours.
I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a nightmare of a task (and one that’s ended in repetitive strain disorder!).
However, the result is, from what I can tell, one of the most complete interactive West Coast of Ireland maps available online.
Some quick need-to-knows about our Wild Atlantic Way map
The map above will give you a very quick overview of the layout of the Wild Atlantic Way. Below, you’ll find some need-to-knows about our interactive West Coast of Ireland map:
1. It has hundreds of attractions split into categories
For example, the blue pointers on our Wild Atlantic Way map below show often-missed viewpoints that look out onto incredible scenery while the turquoise pointers show the key attractions on the Wild Atlantic Way.
2. It includes ‘main’ discovery points and hidden gems
You’ll often hear of the Wild Atlantic Way discovery points. These are specific locations along the Wild Atlantic Way route that have WAW signs and that tend to mark a point of significance. We’ve included these, but we’ve also included many hidden gems that aren’t designated discovery points.
3. Always use caution when using Google Maps like this
Although we’ve tried our best to plot accurate locations on our West Coast of Ireland map below, mistakes happen. This tends to be caused by where a location is plotted within Google Maps. So, please, always use caution.
4. You have to log in (takes 10 seconds)
We have our Wild Atlantic Way map below ‘locked’. I know this isn’t ideal, but let me explain (it’s free and takes seconds to access):
- If you sign up for free, we’re able to show you relevant ads on our website
- While this won’t cost you anything, it helps us to get a fairer price from advertisers
- This helps us pay the bills. If you do sign up – thank you. You’re helping us to keep The Irish Road Trip alive
Our interactive West Coast of Ireland map
As I mentioned above, it’s free and takes only 10 or so seconds to get access to our West Coast of Ireland map.
In the process you’ll help us keep The Irish Road Trip running.
To use our Wild Atlantic Way Map, simply click it and zoom in on whatever part of the route you’re looking to explore.
We’ve included many of the places in the map in our 11-day Wild Atlantic Way itinerary.
Here’s an overview of what to expect from the various places and things that we have plotted.
The pink pointers: ‘Main’ Towns + Villages
There’s plenty of charming towns and villages dotted right the way along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Although some, like Kinsale, Killarney and Westport, are fairly well known, others, like Allihies, Union Hall and Eyeries, tend to get overlooked.
The orange pointers: Beaches
There’s some incredible beaches in Ireland and, as it happens, many are located along the West Coast of Ireland.
Some of the more famous beaches that you’ll find on our Wild Atlantic Way map are Keem Bay and Coumeenoole Beach.
The navy pointers: Accessible islands
Many of Ireland’s islands offer a unique experience that you won’t find on the mainland. The likes of the Aran Islands and Arranmore Island are usually tourist hotspots, but there are plenty more to consider.
For example, if you zoom in on the coast of our Wild Atlantic Way map, you’ll see the likes of Dursey Island, Bere Island and Cape Clear Island off of West Cork.
The purple pointers: Castles
Some of the finest castles in Ireland are dotted along the Wild Atlantic Way route.
Although some, like Doonagore Castle in Doolin are on the main tourist track others, like Minard Castle on the Dingle Peninsula, lay a little off the beaten path.
The turquoise pointers: Key attractions
The turquoise outline the Wild Atlantic Way’s main attractions, like the Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park and Croagh Patrick.
You’ll have very likely heard of many of these but we’ve also thrown in some great slightly hidden gems, like Brow Head.
The brown pointers: Rainy day attractions
This is probably the most neglected section of our West Coast of Ireland map and it’s dedicated to rainy day attractions.
The brown pointers include everything from museums and aquariums to some slightly unusual indoor attractions.
The blue pointers: Viewpoints
This section of our Wild Atlantic Way map took the longest and, in my opinion, it’s the section that’s worth paying the most attention to.
The Wild Atlantic Way has endless viewpoints but many of them aren’t widely known. The blue pointers will take you to our favourites.
The grey pointers: Family attractions
The final pointers are the grey ones and these are for those of you looking for family-friendly attractions.
You’ll find everything from sheep farms and kid-friendly activities to gentle strolls and more here.
What has our Wild Atlantic Way map missed?
Although we tried our best, I have no doubt that there are places that we unintentionally missed when creating our West Coast of Ireland map.
If you’ve noticed somewhere that we’ve left off, please do let us know in the comments section below.
West Coast of Ireland map FAQs
Since publishing the Wild Atlantic Way map, we’ve had a clatter of emails asking everything from where the route goes to how long it takes.
Below, we’ve answered the most FAQ. Shout if you have one that we haven’t covered.
Is there an interactive Wild Atlantic Way map?
Yes, it’s in the body of our article above. You just need to log in (takes 10 seconds) and then you’ll have full access to it.
How long does the Wild Atlantic Way take to drive?
This is an ‘How long is a piece of string’ type question. Ideally, you need as long as you have, as it’s a lengthy route that needs time. However, the minimum that you could do it in is 7 days.