The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland | Along The Gringo TrailOn the west coast of Ireland is the world's longest coastal touring route with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The Wild Atlantic Way has been written about in novels and poetry, inspired artists and movie makers, and offers some of the most jaw dropping, stunning beauty anywhere. Our trip through Ireland would not be complete without a white-knuckled drive along some of the 2500 kilometers (1553 miles) of this coastal roadway.
Day one took us to Ross Castle where we walked the grounds along the Ross River, admired the mighty fortress and imagined what life must have been like back in its day.
Next we ventured out onto the Ring Of Kerry part of the coastline where we spotted lovely waterfalls, scenic vistas and mountains. We made our way to the town of Dingle for the night where we enjoyed a waterfront view from our lovely B&B.
Day two of The Wild Atlantic Way was the most jaw dropping as we took in some of the most spectacular scenery we have ever seen. We stopped along the way to snap many photos and take in a few historic sites too. From historic forts, ancient beehive shaped dwellings, a settlement of the first Celtics to Ireland, and huts that housed people during the Great Potato Famine. We learned much about the country and its people.
We stopped for lunch at an oceanfront café and sat outside enjoying the view. Unusual for Ireland is a warm day with bright sunshine that lasts for more than a few minutes. But mother nature was cooperating with us as we basked in the spring-like temperatures and sunlight.
Wherever there is such beauty there surely will be filmmakers looking to shoot a movie there. One of the more famous movies filmed on The Wild Atlantic Way is Star Wars: The Force Awakens and there are signs around to prove it. Other movies include: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Ryan's Daughter, Marley and Me, and The Princess Bride just to name a few.
Today we first stopped at Bunratty Castle and Folk Village to get a glimpse into Ireland's past. Built in 1425, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. It was certainly a challenge to climb it's extremely narrow, winding, uneven staircases from it's dungeon up onto it's rooftop towers. The we strolled through the many recreated buildings of what life was life throughout the ages in Ireland.
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