The Wild Atlantic Way With Kids

Perched on the edge of Europe, the Wild Atlantic Way has been described by the Huffington Post as the world’s “most scenic drive”. This recently developed, well signposted driving route runs along Ireland’s stunning Western coastline. The route offers breath-taking views, majestic castles, wildlife at its best along with a host of culinary delights.  

But add kids to the mix and how does this incredible journey stack up against holiday camps and trips to Euro Disney? Very well actually; along the route there are plenty of family friendly hotels, restaurants and activities which will allow you to create a memorable adventure that even the youngest of kids will enjoy.

The Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is 2,500 km (1,600 miles) in length and you might want limit yourself to visiting one section at a time, particularly if you are travelling with younger kids or if you have time constraints. We have split the route into three sections, each one is unique and beautiful in its own right. You might opt to do one section or all depending on the age of you kids and the amount of time you have to travel.

Section 1: The Southwest Region (Cork & Kerry)

Section 2: The West of Ireland (Clare & Galway)

Section 3: The Northwest Region (Sligo, Mayo & Donegal)

The Wild Atlantic Way – Fast Facts

  • Driving in Ireland is on the left hand side
  • Seatbelts are mandatory in both the front and back seats and infant car seats and booster seats are mandatory in Ireland
  • Make sure you have enough petrol/ gas and use the correct pump when filling up i.e. check if the car uses diesel
  • The roads on the Wild Atlantic Way can be small and delays can occur so be prepared for this if you have little ones in the car. Bring plenty of snacks, toys, books and other distractions
  • Be prepared for all types of weather and road conditions. Animals such as sheep and cows may cross the road in front of you causing delays or you might get caught behind large farm machinery
  • Bring raincoats, umbrellas and wellies for little ones, even during the summer
  • There are three international airports in Ireland – Dublin, Cork & Shannon. Cork and Shannon airports are located close to the Wild Atlantic Way and you can rent cars here. There are also a number of regional airports including Knock in County Sligo and Farranfore in Kerry.