“This is one of the most interesting culinary festivals in the word” – Carnifest


Brimming with enigmatic character, unmistakable atmosphere, unforgettable encounters and lasting memories, the Wild Atlantic Way’s six regions showcase all this among sensational scenery.

The journey of a lifetime awaits along 2,500km of coastal road – get ready to embrace the best of the west!

Explore the six regions or jump right into the The Bay Coast


From the crystal waters of distant Erris to the “savage beauty” of much-loved Connemara, the Wild Atlantic Way skims south around some impressive bays.
The largest of these – Clew Bay – is said to have 365 islets and islands, one for every day of the year. Connemara means “inlets of the sea” in Irish, and here water and land merge in a lacy shoreline of loughs, coves, islands and sea-swept blanket bogs.

The Bay Coast is a salty fresh-air playground, with its dazzling beaches and Blueway trails, and where people come to kayak, kiteboard, paraglide, swim and dive. Riders trek across the sands on sure-footed Connemara ponies. Cyclists follow the Great Western Greenway – one of the world’s most scenic cycleways. Walkers climb the sacred Croagh Patrick mountain and Twelve Bens range.

6 places to explore in Galway County!

Here are 6 activities you can do in Galway County (while you’re here for the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival!) that highlight Ireland’s beautiful landscape.


1) Explore Connemara National Park
Admire the verdant scenery of the dramatic landscape of Galway.
2) Visit the Aran Islands
A fleeting boat ride brings you to the glorious Aran Islands. From glamping to bike rides to traditional pubs, there is a lot to do and see on these small islands.
3)Tour the Wild Atlantic Way
Beginning in the Inishowen Peninsula and winding its way down to Kinsale, County Cork, The Wild Atlantic Way is 1600 miles in length, so there is a lot to discover!
4)Visit Portumna Castle & Gardens
Over 400 years old, this is a historic landmark in Galway.
5)Hike Diamond Hill Loop Walk
A 7km hike through Connemara National Park with magnificent views.
6)Explore part of the Burren in Kinvara
The Burren (meaning “rocky place”) is a limestone area of Ireland that measures approximately 530 square kilometres. Discover unique flora and fauna while visiting a vibrant part of Galway.