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.


15 Wonders of the
Wild Atlantic Way

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.

15 wonders of the

Wild Atlantic Way

Being chosen as a signature discovery point 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.

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.

Fanad Lighthouse coast with sea
fanad lighthouse on wild Atlantic way map


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.

For a more bitesized approach, you could try the Northern Headlands section of the Wild Atlantic Way. With 39 discovery points, exceptional natural beauty, coastal communities full of character, castles, lighthouses, beaches and bays – Donegal’s Northern Headlands route will truly captivate the traveller.

  • Handmade Donegal Tweed Scarves by Elsie Tweed

  • Fanad Lighthouse Thermal Mug

  • Fanad Lighthouse Candle

  • Great Lighthouses of Ireland – Lighthouse Logbook

  • Notebook – 9 lighthouses of Ireland

  • Lighthouses of Ireland Mug

  • Jigsaw – Lighthouses of Ireland

  • Teach Solais Fhánada Playing Cards

  • Map of Ireland

  • Socks – Fanad Lighthouse

  • Book – Hidden Donegal by Michael Sugrue – Poetry + Photography

  • ‘The Great Lighthouses of Ireland’ – Book


Stay Overnight at Fanad Lighthouse

Imagine watching the light’s beam sweep across the peninsula as darkness falls. Wake up to the sound of waves and seabirds. Explore the beautiful, rugged landscape of Fanad and North Donegal by day.


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