Wild Atlantic Way – Sligo Awaits You…
Have you ever dreamed of embarking on a journey of discovery, to hidden places and secret worlds where all kinds of enchantments lie waiting for you? Well now you can, along the wildest, most captivating, coastal driving route in the world – Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way! Tucked away in little villages and towns that snuggle into the coastline are delightful cafes and restaurants, where you can indulge in your passion for good food and great wine. Maybe you will hear a few words of Irish spoken along the way in Ireland’s Gaeltacht (Irish speaking regions) or reignite your passion for life while surfing on magnificent waves off the coast of Donegal and Sligo. Or you might take time to reflect on times past with a visit to the ruins of a sixth century monastic settlement on the stunning Skellig Michael in Kerry. You may roam through the romantic beauty of scenic Ards Forest Park in Donegal. Or you might watch the weather change from the historic Clare Island Lighthouse in Mayo. Wherever you go along the Wild Atlantic Way, you will encounter moments of magic, moments to treasure and experiences that you will want to return to again and again.
Explore the North West Route
The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, and offers visitors an opportunity to truly discover the West coast of Ireland. The Surf Coast stretches west along the wave-crashed coast from Donegal Town to Erris in Co. Mayo. This stretch includes Bundoran and nearby Mullaghmore Head,which is world famous for it’s surf. The quirky village of Strandhill also attracts a host of surfers looking for those exhilarating waves. Winding its way along the coast of County Sligo, The Wild Atlantic Way will allow you to break off the route and discover the hidden gems that the county has to offer, whether it is walking in the Ox Mountains, exploring the megalithic tombs of Carrowkeel or watching different species of eagles hunting at Eagles flying, the Irish Raptor Research Centre. For more information see our “Plan Your Holiday” section. Tubbercurry is less than a 3 hour journey from Dublin which makes it an ideal base to stay and explore the West coast and the Wild Atlantic Way. We welcome various tours for day trips, overnight stays and longer.
Wild Atlantic Way Sea Adventure with Cawley’s & Wild Wet Adventure
Enjoy the thrill and adventure of kayaking along our beautiful Wild Atlantic Way! Take in the spectacular scenery as you explore your surroundings on the clear blue waters. No experience is needed as our fully certified coach guide will tailor your trip to suit you. This is guaranteed to be a memorable outing on the wild and rugged Sligo coast which can include a visit to sea cliffs, mysterious caves and may involve some rock hopping! Weather permitting and depending on the tides, it may be possible to visit to the seal bank. This adventure can be experienced over a half day or a full day, with the package outlined below. We begin with a safety briefing from your guide over a cup of tea or coffee. The weather conditions and individual abilities will be assessed to determine the best possible destination for the adventure. Wet suits and all safety equipment will be provided as required. Kayaks are provided, and we will arrange transportation of equipment to the Wild Atlantic Way destination. We will provide a packed lunch for your full day excursion and a delicious lunch in Cawleys for a half day excursion. On return from your adventure on the Wild Atlantic Way you will have the chance to learn how to pull your own pint of Guinness to enjoy with a plate of our fresh, Atlantic Oysters. Contact us for more information or to book.
Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point Mullaghmore
Mullaghmore: The village is a favourite holiday destination boasting great surf and dominated by the monolithic shape of majestic Ben Bulben Mountain.
6 Wild Atlantic Way discovery points in County Sligo
Planning a day, Sligo is the closest point to Dublin on the Wild Atlantic Way, Teresa or Pierre have maps, brochures and can recommend places to visit as the Wild Atlantic Way is within easy reach of your base at Cawley’s and exploring Sligo.
Easkey: Enjoy the unspoiled village of Easkey with it’s beautiful setting along the Easkey River estuary. It is famous for it’s surfing and is an ideal location for angling and walking.
Enniscrone: Offers visitors a wide range of activities for all age groups, including almost 5km of safe beach, world famous seaweed baths, a marvellous 27 hole golf links course, a leisure centre, playground and amusement park.
Aughris: The discovery point located at Aughris Head provides scenic views over Aughris and Dunmoran strand. Enjoy views of Sligo Bay and Knocknarea in the distance. There are several walking routes along the beach or along the coastal path to the west. Enjoy dramatic views of the wild Atlantic Ocean.
Strandhill: The stunning seaside village of Strandhill lies at the foot of Knocknarea mountain. It is regarded as one of the top surfing spots in Ireland.
Rosses Point: The quiet seaside village of Rosses Point is set against the backdrop of beautiful Sligo Bay and the Dartry Mountain Range. Only a short drive from Sligo Town the village is popular with golfers who tee up at the County Sligo Golf Club.
Streedagh: Streedagh Strand is a beautiful 3km stretch of sandy beach and is located on the North Western shore of a sandbar which links Streedagh Point to Connor’s Island. Walk the coastal route along the stunning Atlantic coastline or climb the sand dunes where you will find spectacular views. Streedagh provides ideal conditions for surfers all year round.
Wild Atlantic Way Passport
Pick up your very own Wild Atlantic Way passport; a unique souvenir of you or your family’s completed journey along this exceptional route. Not only is it a genuine passport to paradise, it also gives you the chance to meet locals in the many towns and villages dotted along this winding coastline. More details.
The Sea is close to our Chefs heart with our signature Chowder dish
Cawley’s are proud members of the Sligo Food Trail offering a number of food and activity experiences. We use local produce from Sligo and the northwest. Promoting suppliers who use sustainable fishing methods. Our signature Chowder dish and homemade brown bread is a must when you visit Sligo and the Wild Atlantic Way.