Wild Atlantic Way

What makes Ireland so popular as a tourist destination? Most of the time it certainly is not our weather! However, despite this, a shocking 9.6million people travelled from overseas to our beautiful country in 2016 alone. That is an increase of 11% on the previous year.

A massive part of this is people who flock in their numbers to travel the Wild Atlantic Way. With 2,500km of rugged coast line spread across 9 counties stretching from Kinsale Co. Cork as far as the Inishowen Peninsula Co. Donegal it is clear to see why. Dotted around this stretch of road on our beautiful Western coast are over 150 discovery points, 1,000 attractions and over 2,500 activates for tourists of all ages.

Here at the Bay View Hotel & Leisure Centre we really could not be luckier in our setting. We have so many stunning scenic locations right on our door step.

The Sliabh Liag cliffs are just a short 30minute drive from the hotel. Standing three times taller than the Cliffs of Moher, Sliabh Liag are the tallest cliffs in Europe. Once at the top they are truly a sight to behold with stunning views across the Donegal and Sligo Mountains. During the summer months boat trips to the Cliffs are available which make a great opportunity to get up close with the wildlife that visit the Cliffs in search of Plankton. Dolphins, Whales, and Seals are all common visitors to the base of these stunning cliffs.

Located just minutes from the hotel is the Fintra Blue Flag Beach. Known for the dramatic landing of an American Flying Fortress bomber on Fintra Beach shortly after 6:00 p.m. on the evening of February 20th, 1944, which was one of the more dramatic episodes of World War II in Killybegs it has since had a continuous and steady flow of tourists. With many mini pools as well as the beach itself it makes for a common place for wedding photos.

The Wild Atlantic Way offers a fantastic service by bike. Allowing the Salty Sea breeze to sooth your senses as your explore all that this route has to offer. In this coming busy summer season many bike operators are offering bikes with small engines, to help you up those steep hills!

Along the Wild Atlantic Way many hotels offers packages to tourists, including ourselves. For the months of July & August we offer both two and three night Wild Atlantic Way stays, with 2 Nights Bed & Full Irish Breakfast along with one 4-course Dinner on an evening of your choice starting from just €258.00 midweek. What better time is there to visit Ireland and travel to see the Western coast in all its beauty?

By: Sarah Moloney
April 2017