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    Soar along the Wild Atlantic Way on World Ocean Day 

    Soar along the Wild Atlantic Way on World Ocean Day, June 8th. As an island nation, it is important to celebrate and recognize the incredible resources of Ireland’s abundant and surrounding waters, including the Atlantic Ocean. Set your heart racing with the pleasures of the powerful Atlantic Ocean, from boating trips, stand up paddle boarding, cliff walks and yacht sailing, to sea kayaking, open water swimming, surfing and even a relaxing seaweed bath.

    The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world, covering 1,500 miles from County Donegal in the North West right down to County Cork in the South West and covers an area of outstanding beauty from dramatic coastlines and stunning scenery to signature attractions and luxury accommodation.

    Explore this route to experience the best of Irish heritage, culture, mouth watering seafood and of course the Irish people and the spirit of Ireland.

     

    Wildlife of the Atlantic Ocean. 

    Back in 1991, Ireland’s biologically diverse waters were declared a whale and dolphin sanctuary, the first of its kind in Europe. Since that time – according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, – 25 species have been recorded, ranging in size from the small harbour porpoise to the giant fin whale.

    Spotting a whale is an experience you’ll carry with you forever, and Ireland is a pretty good place to do it. With the vast and mighty Atlantic Ocean running along the western coastline, you are in with a good chance of seeing whales, dolphins, and porpoises on their own Irish adventure.

    In County Donegal, a scenic boat tour with Inishowen Boating Experience or Irish Angling Charters allows you to see lots of Irish wildlife, including the odd sighting of whales and dolphins.

    At Loop Head in County Clare the knowledgeable guides from DolphinWatch offer a Dolphin & Nature Boat Trip taking you on a wildlife adventure at the Mouth of the River Shannon, home to Europe’s largest group of resident bottlenose dolphins.

    Take a look at this Tourism Ireland video, where you can gaze into the crystal-clear waters of Keem Bay in County Mayo to see some basking sharks exploring the waters around Achill Island.

    Irish Seaweed. 

    Seaweed’s healthy properties have been celebrated across Ireland for generations.

    Discover Atlantic Irish Seaweed in Derrynane, County Kerry, husband and wife team, John and Kerryann, run seaweed discovery courses and workshops – and the experience doesn’t have to stop when you leave the shores of Ireland: you can bring home one of their Atlantic Irish Seaweed’s bath bags and fell any jet lag melt away.

     

    Seaweed along the Irish coastline ©Failte Ireland – Courtesy of Valerie O’Sullivan

    Surfing in Ireland.

    With mighty waves, pristine beaches and conditions suitable for any level of surfer, the Wild Atlantic Way town of Bundoran in County Donegal has become one of the hotspots for surfers in Ireland. It’s a great place to take to the water in Ireland.

    Ballybunion, Garretstown Beach, Achill Island, Inishowen and, of course, Lahinch are just some of the areas you can experience the surfers paradise of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Surfers at Garretstown Beach, Co. Cork Failte Ireland © David Creedon

    Sea Kayaking

    Can you imagine anything more bewitching than a moonlit journey across the waters of West Cork? That is exactly what Atlantic Sea Kayaking offers: full immersion in the natural beauty of Ireland, complete with wild honeysuckle-scented air and otherworldly bioluminescence and the knowledge that you will be treading lightly on the environment. Atlantic Sea Kayaking is a champion of local investment and is developing even more kayaking trails and Blueways along the Wild Atlantic Way.

    The Moonlight/Starlight Kayaking Experience at Lough Hyne, West Cork, Co Cork ©Failte Ireland © Photographer: Lukasz Warzecha

    Your adventure over the Atlantic Ocean awaits.

    Make a reconnection with Ireland and plan a vacation of a lifetime with us for 2022. Discover our native spirit, beautiful lighthouses and landscapes, buzzing cities, unique storytelling, and our warm Irish welcome. There is a special treasure trove along the Wild Atlantic Way that is waiting to be explored. To find out more please don’t hesitate to get in touch  – and fill your heart with a little piece of Ireland.

    Our “Gift of Ireland” gift certificates allow you to choose a customized vacation that is both personal and wonderful. There is flexibility to use our gift certificates for any of our travel services, including self-drive tours, escorted tours, private group tours and tailor made vacations.  Plus they are valid for 5 years from date of purchase. The “Gift of Ireland” really is the special gift that keeps on giving!

    Have a look at our private chauffeur vacations for even more ideas on what to visit in the Emerald Isle. We love hearing from our friends around the world so drop us a line at newyork@special-ireland.com

    Cable Car at Beara Peninsula, Co Cork Fáilte Ireland © David Creedon

     

    Note: Featured image at the top of the blog is of Valentia Island Lighthouse, Cromwell Point, Co Kerry © Photographer: David Creedon © Failte Ireland.

     

     


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