5 Not-To-Be-Missed Activities on the Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way needs no introduction…

It’s the breath-taking, awe-inspiring part of the Irish coastline that features wild oceans, unspoilt golden beaches, friendly authentic Irish towns, incredibly walks and so much more…

Deciding to visit certainly isn’t a problem. No siree…

The REAL problem is deciding where exactly to go…Because how DO you narrow down your choices and create an Wild Atlantic Way travel itinerary when there’s so much on offer?

Fear not! We’d done all the hard work and lined up a list of the best 5 activities you can do when you visit our emerald shores (plus suggestions on where to stay).

They’ll get you out into the fresh air, get you moving, help you experience the real Ireland and they’re so much fun. Are you ready to find out more?


#1: Go surfing!

If you’ve always fancied yourself as a king or queen of the waves, make sure you book yourself in for a spot of surfing when you visit the Wild Atlantic Way this summer.

The coast of Ireland is the perfect place for everyone to enjoy surfing (from beginners to seasoned pros) as they offer some truly stunning waves, those wide open beaches and crashing waves look breathtakingly picturesque when the sun comes out and it’s wild and wonderful when it doesn’t.

Where to stay:
The Benwiskin Centre is a great cosy hostel which sleeps just 28 people. The rooms are fresh, clean and comfortable and you can even rent out the whole place if you and your group fancy a surf trip 🙂


Where to surf: The Benwiskin Centre is located brilliantly for the surf spots of Mullaghmore and Bundoran.



#2: Kiss the Blarney Stone!

The Blarney Stone is a famous stone dating back to around 1446 which is said to possess magical powers, and it a must-see sight for your visit to Ireland.

In true Irish tradition, the magic can be yours if you plant a kiss on the stone (by leaning backwards and holding onto two railings). Your reward will be “the gift of eloquence and persuasion” or “the gift of the gab” as it’s sometimes known. If it was good enough for Winston Churchill, it’s good enough for me!


Where to stay:

For a friendly reception, comfy and affordable beds, free WIFI, big screen with Netflix (!!) plus hot drinks and snacks available whenever your heart desires, Sheila’s Hostel is the place to be. Located right in the middle of Cork, you’ll be exactly where you need to be for everything!



#3: Learn how to shear sheep (yes, really!)

Ever wondered whether you’d be a dab hand at the art of sheep shearing? Wondering if your (very) distant Irish relatives passed down their farming genes to you?

Wonder no more! Just head to the Killary Sheep Farm for a truly authentic Irish experience. You’ll learn everything you ever wanted to about bog cutting, go on countryside walks, watch sheep shearing, and marvel at the sheepdog demonstrations.

Where to stay:

If you love the outdoors and want stunning views, The Connemara Hostel will be the perfect base for you.

Offering en suite rooms, complimentary continental breakfast (and complimentary tea/coffee all day), kitchen facilities and breathtaking mountain and sea views of Mweelrea mountain and The Killary (Ireland’s only fjord), you’ll ADORE your stay at this cosy hostel.



#4:Geek out on Neolithic history

There simply isn’t anywhere else in the world quite the Neolithic remains at Ceide fields. Boasting prehistoric stone walls, houses, megalithic tombs which were preserved under peat bogs, this prehistoric landscape has changed our knowledge of Stone Age humans.

Visit the multi-award winning visitor centre to learn what everyday Neolithic life was really like, how society was organised and what struggles they had to endure.

Get more info about the museums of Mayo by clicking here
Where to stay:

Kilcommon Lodge is warm, cosy and a home-away from home. With a range of comfy private rooms and dorms, they also offer, free tea & coffee, free Wi-Fi, a library and a pool table and games. Perfect for everyone. (Did I mention that under 12s stay free?)



#5. Soak up the scenery at the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are more than just a stunning place of natural beauty and tourist attraction, they enjoy iconic status on social media. You might have already noticed…

And for great reason too- the 120m vertical drop down to a wild crashing Atlantic ocean, call of the birds and that faint taste of salt in the air remind you of the pure, awe-inspiring power of nature. Visiting these cliffs will change your life.

Where to stay:

There might be other hostels in Galway, but none that matches Sleepzone Galway . They’re friendly, safe, central and great value for money, plus they have a handy bus which leaves the hostels every morning, tours Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, The Burren, The Cliffs of Moher and many more fab places before dropping you off at the door. Awesome!

Of course, they also offer the usual great facilities like ensuite rooms, huge HD TV, free WIFI and unlimited tea, coffee and toast for the mornings.


So there you have it! Our top 5 activities you absolutely MUST try on your next visit to the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland. And whilst you’re here, be sure to pay us a visit 🙂


What’s YOUR favourite thing to do in Ireland? Come over and tweet us @hostelireland to share your wisdom!