Wild Atlantic Guy

Let’s Go!

Killary Harbour and the U-Boat Bollocks

During the Second World War, as the Battle of the Atlantic raged, ships would often seek shelter in the coves and inlets along the West Coast of Ireland. On one such occasion, a ferocious storm forced both a British Submarine and a German U-boat to abandon whatever...

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The Quiet Man Bridge

For those of you who haven’t seen the Quiet Man, let me save you a couple of hours of your life: having accidentally boxed a man to death, an Irish-American pugilist (John Wayne) hangs up his gloves to return to Ireland and reclaim his family’s land,...

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The Flaggy Shore

The Wild Atlantic Way is abound with offshoots, places of interest and areas of outstanding natural beauty, and one such deviation that's worth about an hour of your time is the Flaggy Shore, about 10 km south of Kinvara, located near New Quay and Finvarra The Flaggy...

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Cliffs of Moher

On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands to the West, the mountains of Connemara to the North and the Dingle Peninsula to the South.

All in all, they’re pretty impressive.

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If you head north over the Conor Pass – enjoying some awe-inspiring panoramas along the way – you’ll soon come to Brandon, a small fishing village, which sits nestled in the shadow of Mount Brandon, and looks north across Brandon Bay, in an area of outstanding, natural beauty.

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Kinvara has been described as a small village with a big drinking problem but is infused by a rich heritage too and the locals celebrate this by hosting two cultural festivals during the year, if you lucky enough to time your visit for one of these.

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No visit to the Island would be complete without a trip to the Plassy, a red-rusted cargo ship that ran aground in 1960 which has gradually been moved further up the rocks by the sea over the years and makes for a great photo opportunity.

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The closest I’ve been to studying the region’s marine life however, is examining the menu at O’Dowd’s award winning Seafood Bar & Restaurant, and if you’re trying to get as much of Roundstone’s coastal biodiversity in your mouth in one go, their excellent seafood chowder comes highly recommended.

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One sumptuous Pot Noodle dinner later, and we were imbued with just enough energy to go out for a post prandial stroll and to catch the awesome power of the stormy Atlantic on my tiny phone.

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Coole Park

None of this is of any interest to a 5-year old whatsoever, but the 1,000 acres of surrounding wood and wetland certainly are, providing ample opportunity for playing games such as “Chase the Squirrel up the Tree”, “That’s it, ruin your good trousers, why don’t you…” and, my favourite, “Come Back!”

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Westport House

The ‘most notorious woman in all the Coasts of Ireland’ was considered a formidable and powerful chieftain of the Western clans and a thorn in the side of the English military generals who tried to curb her power.

Is it any wonder therefore that they named a pizza after her?

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