Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest coastal touring route in the world! It stretches 2,500km from Inishowen in County Donegal to Kinsale in West Cork. It takes in some of the most beautiful parts of Ireland - the rugged and windswept west coast all along the Atlantic seaboard.

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All along the route there are highlighted discovery points - points of interest or scenic beauty. And then there are signature discovery points – the ‘15 Wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way’, which are iconic or must-see destinations. Donegal has 3 signature discovery points – Sliabh Liag, Malin Head and Fanad Head.

It is a real honour for us here at Fanad Head to have been chosen as a signature discovery point on this epic touring route. It is a recognition of Fanad Head’s scenic beauty and history, and has played a vital part in helping to develop Fanad Lighthouse as a visitor attraction and to promote tourism in this remote and beautiful peninsula.

What is your Wild Atlantic Way?

You can travel the Wild Atlantic Way any way you like – by car, on foot, by bike, on horseback! Some people like to undertake the challenge of getting all the stamps on their Wild Atlantic Way passport, either in one visit or repeat visits.

Here at Fanad Lighthouse, we believe in a ‘Why rush’ philosophy! There is so much to see in County Donegal. You could spend weeks exploring the route from Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head, to the spectacular sea cliffs at Sliabh Liag in the south of the county – said to be the highest sea cliffs in Europe. With 39 discovery points, exceptional natural beauty, coastal communties full of character, castles and lighthouses, beaches and bays – Donegal’s Northern Headlands route will truly captivate the traveller.


Covid-19 Update

We are now open! The visitor centre will be open on Saturdays and Sundays in May 2021 and we will publish our full summer schedule shortly. Once again, due to COVID restrictions we will be offering grounds only tickets in May, followed by self-guided tours of grounds and indoor spaces from June. Accommodation will be open again from the beginning of June. For queries, contact info@fanadlighthouse.com

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