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Adventures on Ireland's coasts

Exploring everything the country has to offer on the Wild Atlantic Way and Causeway Coastal route

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For travelers looking for breathtaking scenic routes, Ireland has you covered. Its stunning coastal drives are a must for any tourist visiting the country. In Northern Ireland, the Causeway Coastal route offers nine scenic drives stretching 120 miles, giving travelers a taste of the region’s rocky landscape. Dotting the trail are spots like Giant’s Causeway, an area formed as a result of an ancient volcanic eruption, where the sunsets over the North Atlantic are unmatched. Test your nerve by walking the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in County Antrim which hangs almost 100 feet above the rocky water. Fun fact: the acclaimed HBO show Game of Thrones is filmed in this region.

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Continuing south, expect to hit the Wild Atlantic Way, which gives visitors the best that Ireland has to offer. At 1,500 miles, the Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. Hugging the west coast of Ireland, it stretches from Donegal in the north to Kinsale in County Cork. Along the way, savor the majesty of the Cliffs of Moher, the warmth of Galway’s musicians, and meet the locals to exchange stories in colorful cafes and unique shops.

If you’re feeling hungry, be sure to take in the fresh seafood along both routes. For an upscale dining experience on the Causeway Coastal route, make a reservation at Tartine at Distillers Arms in Bushmills. The modern brasserie cooking style and moody lighting make it the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. If you’re looking for more local flare on the Wild Atlantic Way, head to McDonagh’s in Galway, a century­-old Irish pub that serves some of the best fish and chips around. If it’s authentic Irish cuisine that you’re after, take a trip to the English Market in Cork City which has been offering visitors the freshest local ingredients and Irish specialities like spiced beef and drisheen (black pudding) since the late 1700s.

No matter the path you take through Ireland, know that you’ll be surrounded by beautiful scenery, rich history, and top­ notch food.

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