From Malin Head to Mizen Head, rugged coastlines, and all the colourful accents in between, the Wild Atlantic Way promises it all, but where to stay, and how much will it cost? Fear not, in this list we are going to share with you the seven best places to stay during your travels around the most scenic parts of the glorious Emerald Isle and why you should stay there. Let’s get to it.
Kickstarting our journey in the rebel county, there is one place you don’t want to miss out on when you’re touring around Cork. Kinsale is home to Dalton’s Bar and Accommodation and comes with rave reviews. Nestled in the city centre and only 5km from Charles Fort, this place is practically a must-see destination all by itself and features traditional music on the weekdays. Perfect for those tourists who are eager to experience a bit of Irish culture or even for those visiting from up the road who wouldn’t mind mingling with some local Corkonians. For those hoping to spend a night in Kinsale for a lot less, there is also Dempsey’s Hostel located in the city centre.
With lots to see and do in Kerry, you’ll need a place to lay your head. Portmagee Heights Bed and Breakfast is the ultimate spot and is definitely worth a stay. With its stunning harbour views and a reputation for friendly staff, it comes as no surprise that this place has made it onto our list. You can even choose from their wide array of accommodation options with Portmagee Heights offering rooms starting at €90 a night for two people or you can choose to stay in one of their self-catering cottages.
This bed and breakfast also has the advantage of location for Star Wars enthusiasts as it is from Portmagee Harbour that boat tours sail daily out to Skellig Michael and also offer wildlife tours.
Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg is the perfect spot for those looking to add a bit of glamour to their trip. This hotel, which looks more like a castle, is on the pricier end of the scale but, with fabulous views and an advantageous location, it’s well worth considering a stay here. This hotel is located near the Cliffs of Moher, Kilkee Cliff walk, Aillwee Cave, and many more impressive sites along the Wild Atlantic Way so it’s ideal for families looking to enjoy day trips before heading off on the next leg of their journey.
The other bonus to this hotel is that, for those who have become weary of being on the road for days on end, there is also a Spa and Fitness centre to relax in or, if seaweed wraps aren’t really your thing, you can enjoy a few rounds of golf at your leisure.
Nestled in the heart of Connemara, Rosleague Manor House Hotel is the ideal spot for those who want to cram in as many tourist spots as possible. Located just a short drive from the Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, and Inishbofin Island, Rosleague Manor House Hotel is the perfect spot. Featuring rooms with a choice of garden or sea views and an impressive menu of locally sourced food, this hotel is a wonderful place to stop for a night or two.
The Teach Greannai Accommodation Pod located in Ross Port, County Mayo, is the ideal spot for those who want to get closer to nature as they travel the Wild Atlantic Way. However, these delightful little pods are anything but rustic and come fully equipped with all of the necessities that you would hope to find in a hotel, including a toaster, kettle, private bathroom, and, of course, free Wifi. For the cost of €150 for a two-night stay for two adults, these pods come highly rated by travellers and, with a continental breakfast available daily, this is one place you want to check out.
They are also conveniently located next to numerous walks, viewpoints, and cultural sites which staff are happy to point you in the direction of. So, why not give this place a go, after all, you have the bonus of feeling like a true adventurer just without the hassle of assembling a tent after a hard day sightseeing or having to use wipes in place of a shower. If you are eager to practice your Irish language skills, this place also has the bonus of having bilingual staff, perfect for those who want to pick up a few cúpla focal.
Rounding off our tour in County Donegal, the fourth biggest county in Ireland, you can rest easy knowing that you made it to Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland. Located just 40 minutes by car from this impressive site is St.Columbus House in the town of Buncrana. This restored, six-bedroom period house is conveniently located in the heart of this seaside town and, so, is the perfect base for those eager to go on day trips.
Located on the Inishowen Peninsula, travellers can visit the many sites of the Wild Atlantic Way, such as the fabulous beaches, Glenveagh National Park, Fanad Lighthouse, and many more. With all of this on its doorstep, it’s no wonder people flock to this BnB.
So, there you have it, folks, some local spots to rest your weary bones after a hard day of taking in the sights and sounds of the Wild Atlantic Way. Let me know about your favourite spot along the Wild Atlantic Way in the comments.