Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Road Trip

I hit the road solo for the 3 week ultimate Ireland road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. You hear all kinds of stories about driving in Ireland. Yes, the roads are narrow, winding, and often filled with sheep but don’t let that stop you from renting a car and going out on your own. If I can do it – anyone can!

“Over the course of 3 weeks I slowly changed. I went from giving myself pep talks and being terrified every morning to get into the car and start driving, to anticipating the day’s drive and being super excited to be on the smallest, craziest roads. I eased up on my white-knuckle grip on the steering wheel and actually got comfortable and let the blood flow back into my fingertips. I started listening to music and sang along at the top of my lungs. I waved at people on little back roads as if I knew them. I passed other tourists and scoffed at their timid driving ability. By day 5 – I was wearing a perma-grin and yelling at slow tourist drivers.  (officially apologizing now if you were one of them and I dropped the F bomb at you)”

Follow along on the journey as I learn to drive on the opposite side of the road, meet locals, hike, drink Guinness, ride electric bikes, jump off cliffs, and kayaking in some pretty unusual situations! Plus tips on how you can do the same.

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Wild Atlantic Way Road Trip Guide

Posted by on March 12, 2015

Wild Atlantic Way map and guide

  Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way takes on the status of one of the longest coastal drives in the world at 1,600 miles. It joins the ranks of other great coastal roads like Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail, Big Sur, Maui’s Kaekili Highway, and South Africa’s Garden Route. Drive down narrow one-lane roads to see secret beaches, […]

Driving in Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way

Posted by on January 8, 2015

You hear all kinds of stories about driving in Ireland.  Yes, the roads are narrow, winding, and often filled with sheep but don’t let that stop you from renting a car and going out on your own.  If I can do it – anyone can! I traveled through Ireland on my own for 3 weeks […]

8 Reasons and Photographs to Fall in Love with Ireland

Posted by on January 20, 2015

If Ireland was looking for a date on the internet, I think it’s profile would go something like this: I love adventure – the stormier the better.  No cliff is to high to jump off of, no ledge too narrow, and the bigger the waves the more I’m stoked.  I like it when the wind […]

Adventures in Connemara

Posted by on January 22, 2015

Amanda adjusted the bike seat and explained the gears on the electric bike. As I got ready to peddle off out of Clifden, she looked ahead at the dark clouds and asked, “Do you have rainpaints?” “No…not really,” I replied looking at my water resistant pants knowing darn well that resistant and waterproof were two […]

The Best Way to See The Cliffs of Moher

Posted by on January 29, 2015

Cliffs of Moher walk ireland

I really hate crowds and ‘popular’ tourist sites. This makes being a ‘professional traveler’ a bit difficult at times. When my Ireland itinerary took me to the uber touristed Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, I wondered if I would really like it or if all of the people would annoy me. Luckily Ireland Walk […]

The Most Beautiful Place You’ve Ever Seen

Posted by on February 5, 2015

roundstone ireland

I imagined giant trolls roaming this treeless Ireland landscape. Big round boulders dot the bog land like a giant rock garden for the trolls. The sky was gray, and the fields were brown, and I was feeling an overwhelming amount of blah as I looked out my car window. This area in Galway County was […]