Have you dreamed of embarking on a journey of discovery to hidden places and secret worlds where all kinds of enchantments lie waiting? Now you can, along the wildest, most captivating coastal driving route in the world—Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way!
Out at the very edge of Europe, the Wild Atlantic Way stretches for 2,500 km (1,500 miles) along Ireland’s western seaboard. From the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, through regions like Connemara, Galway Bay, Kerry, Limerick, and Clare… it’s the longest defined coastal drive in the world. Journey around the peninsula in Clare, voted the top place to holiday by the Irish, take a tipple of Irish coffee history in Foynes, and venture into Kerry’s lush vistas.
Delightful cafes and restaurants are tucked away in little villages and towns snuggling the coastline, where you can indulge in great food and wine. Such is our village of Foynes, a charming little town where our museum is located on the banks of the majestic River Shannon on the N69.
Leave the car ferry at Tarbert, swing east into Foynes or from Limerick city head due west, where a chunk of aviation history and a very special coffee lie in wait. Here you can have a nice lunch, sample an Irish coffee in the very building where it was invented, and immerse yourself in the history of that most glorious era of the flying boats. The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum is delighted to be included among the stops on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Enjoy many other activities in beautiful Foynes, including the Foynes Wood Walk with twisty paths to explore, offering fantastic viewpoints out over the Shannon Estuary and a picnic area (which includes a special adapted picnic table for wheelchairs). Nature enthusiasts will certainly appreciate range of tree species, bottle-nosed dolphins, otters, and views of Foynes Island, home of the famous mariner and circumnavigator Conor O’ Brien.
Learn more about this beautiful region here.