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West Cork's Wild Atlantic Way


Wild Atlantic Way Adventure Awaits

Discover the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the world’s most renowned driving routes where 2,500km of spectacular coastline with white sands and glittering waves awaits you. Add to this local food experience and that warm Irish welcome for an unmatched holiday experience. Head along the coast to uncover over 180 Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points where the views are breath-taking and local stories are told. 

The Celtic Ross is fortunate to be located along Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way meaning that our guests can enjoy spectacular ocean views and explore the West Cork coastline. 


Why begin your Wild Atlantic Way adventure in West Cork?

Well for starters, because we drive on the left in Ireland, when you start in the south and work your way north you’ll always be on the right side of the road to enjoy the scenery uninterrupted. Starting in the north and heading south means you have a traffic lane between you and the wild Atlantic all the way down.


We think that’s reason enough but there are plenty of other reasons to head to West Cork first.


The Haven Coast: The West Cork stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way

Kinsale, known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, sits at the southern end of the 2,500 km Wild Atlantic Way touring route. At just 30 minutes’ drive from Cork City this vibrant, colourful town is one of the most accessible access points to the Wild Atlantic Way, and is the ideal place to get a taste of that magical West Cork vibe before heading deeper into your Wild Atlantic Way experience.

As you head along the Haven Coast you’ll take in breath-taking vistas from headlands like the Old Head of Kinsale, Galley Head and Toe Head. The spectacular craggy coastline is punctuated by glorious sandy jewels. If you enjoy beaches you’ll find some of Ireland’s best along this stretch of coast: places like Inchydonney, Red Strand, Long Strand and our very own Warren Strand, to name a few.

As well as visiting the iconic sights and experiences along this winding coastal route, the Wild Atlantic Way is also about unearthing those hidden gems you won’t necessarily find on a regular tourist map, and perhaps not even be on the official Wild Atlantic Way app. Tapping into local knowledge to discover extraordinary people, places, stories and experiences along the way is a fundamental part of the Wild Atlantic Way ethos… and you’ll find it’s a concept we’ve embraced wholeheartedly here in West Cork.

Our helpful and friendly team are more than happy to help you discover the hidden nooks and crannies, events and experiences that make this remarkable stretch of Ireland’s coastline such a special place to visit. All you have to do is ask.


For more on this exciting stretch of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way check out The Haven Coast page on the official Wild Atlantic Way Website.


Some of the highlights of The West Cork Stretch of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way include:

Spectacular coastal scenery

West Cork’s renowned artisan foods and culinary excellence

Some of the best whale and dolphin watching anywhere in Europe

A warm local welcome in charming towns and villages

A host of activities to suit all interests


That ethereal West Cork magic that makes any visit special


Hotel on the Wild Atlantic Way


While you are out adventuring in West Cork along Ireland's Atlantic coastline, why not choose Celtic Ross Hotel for your Wild Atlantic Way accommodation? With ample parking, comfortable, spacious rooms with bay views CRAFT West Cork - the hotel’s very own artisanal food truck, a local food ethos with both outdoor terrace dining and an indoor restaurant - The perfect choice for your Wild Atlantic Way Adventure.


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