Road Trip Along a Portion of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
The West Coast of Ireland is famous for its dramatic cliffs, rocky shorelines, and massive wave action! This is prime scenery for aerial drone videography! Our driving excursion today was along a portion of the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW), the world's longest defined coastal driving route. It is superbly well-marked and easy to follow.
We picked up the trail near Galway, after a short stop in Kinvarra to visit Dunguaire Castle. Then we drove through tiny weather-beaten towns and brightly colored tourist villages to The Burrens in Fanore and Lisdoonvara. This national park is like a trip to the moon, with an alien landscape of limestone and black rock - rock hills, rock beaches, rock cliffs. Despite the lack of soil, cattle thrive here on tufts of thick sweet grass and shrub.
We continued driving south to the famous Cliffs of Mohr, a must-see UNESCO heritage site. Here we walked along the Doolin Trail along the cliff top from the visitor center to the end of the promontory. After popping into the visitor center for a bit, we then drove to Lehinch Beach in Clare County to watch the surfers catch a few last rides before the approaching storm. Miles to go before we sleep, our final destination was Loop Head in Kilrush. Personally, I thought this was even more spectacular than the Cliffs of Mohr and we had the entire peninsula to ourselves! Atop the high cliff, the wild winds from the Atlantic whipped across the grassy plain and huge waves crashed with enormous ferocity. It was THRILLING! We enjoyed dinner in Kilrush and then drove back to Athlon, vowing to return to Ireland to complete the Wild Atlantic Way trail