Wild Atlantic Way

Explore the Wild Atlantic Way during your stay at The Dean Galway


The Dean Galway is Galway’s newest spaces, located in the heart of Galway City Centre it offers modern luxury accommodation in one of Europe’s friendliest cities. The Dean’s new location in the West of Ireland offers guests the perfect spot to take in all of Galway’s top attractions as we are walking distance from Eyre Square, The Spanish Arch, The Latin Quarter and only 3km from Salthill. As well as this, The Dean Galway is also an ideal base for anyone looking to explore the Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world starting from Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to Kinsale, County Cork, in the south. This 2,500km coastal route offers an incredible line-up of Irish attractions and landmarks while it consistently proves to be popular with both locals and tourists alike. Keep reading to learn more about the top Wild Atlantic Way attractions you can experience within a short journey from The Dean Galway.

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Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most famous attractions and offer some of the most spectacular views that you will find on the island of Ireland. These iconic seacliffs are located in the Burren region of County Clare and run for about 14km while reaching a maximum height of 214km. The Cliffs of Moher also boast a visitor centre and offer plenty of Irish nature and wildlife for visitors to observe.

Aillwee Caves



Also located in the Burren region of County Clare, Aillwee Caves are another brilliant Wild Atlantic Way attraction to add to your list. This cave consists of over 1km of cave passages and features an underground river, waterfall, stalactites, stalagmites and the remains of one of Ireland’s last bear dens.


Connemara is a must visit during your Wild Atlantic tour as this region in County Galway has a strong association with traditional Ireland and authentic Irish culture. The area is known for containing the Gaeltacht area (Irish speaking area) while it is also known for its natural beauty including idyllic mountains, lakes, bogs and coastal areas facing the Atlantic. The area of Connemara also attracts plenty of visitors because of their walking trails including it’s 7km trail through Connemara National Park which allows visitors to take in Galway’s incredible scenery including Diamond Hill’s spectacular summit which overlooks the village Letterfrack. Killary Fjord is another popular highlight of Connemarra as it is one of just three glacial fjords that exist in Ireland. It is also possible to take 90 minute boat tours from Killary Fjord Boat Tours which lets you experience incredible views of the West of Ireland.

Dogs Bay



If you are looking for a day at the beach during your exploration of the Wild Atlantic Way then Dogs Bay needs to be top of your list. Located in Roundstone, County Galway, Dogs Bay is a horseshoe shaped beach with white sand that on a good day offers the perfect conditions for sea swimming, windsurfing and other water sports. (Gurteen Beach)

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Also located in the Connemara area and just over an hour from Galway City, Kylemore Abbey has been home to the Benedictine nuns for over 100 years. There is so much to explore at this attraction including the new visitor experience, woodland and lakeshore walks, Ireland’s largest walled gardens and some of the most beautiful scenic backdrops to capture the perfect photographs to document your visit. Kylemore Abbey also offers visitors a cafe and tea house for refreshments as well as a craft and design shop for unique gifts to bring home to your loved ones.




One of the most popular villages in the West of Ireland for visitors, Doolin is known as the capital of traditional Irish music. Another Wild Atlantic Way with a strong association to the Gaeltacht and Irish culture, Doolin also offers Doolin Cave, a brilliant selection of traditional Irish pubs and a top destination for surfing. As well as this, Doolin is also close to another notable village to visit – Lisdoonvarna while the harbour in Doolin is a departing point for boats to both Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher.

The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are 3 rocky islands located off the west coast of Ireland. These islands are a popular highlight for Wild Atlantic Way visitors as they offer an incredible range of ancient sites and landmarks as well as authentic Irish culture in idyllic coastal settings. The Aran Islands can be easily reached via ferry boats which depart daily from either Galway Bay or Doolin. There is also an express bus from Galway City Centre which takes Aran Islands visitors to the port in Rossaveal which is a great option for guests at The Dean Galway.