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Wild West: Make a trip back in time to the rugged Irish coast

The 1,500-mile coastal route (abbreviated WAW) stretches from County Donegal to Kinsale, County Cork, along the Emerald Isle’s western seaboard.

It takes in some of the most fabulous scenery that Ireland or, for that matter, the planet has to offer you.

My four-day road trip began in County Clare at the towering Cliffs of Moher as I and my companion escaped the city.

The splendid views of lush paddocks, sparkling water and a beautiful blue sky in no way got tiring as we walked the five-mile stretch.

The cliffs are also residence to the biggest colony of seabirds on mainland Ireland, so if you happen to be a nature lover this is a trip you merely cannot afford to miss.

We then headed for nearby Bunratty Castle &amp Folk Park.

This castle was constructed in 1425 and is the most total and genuine medieval structure in Ireland.

As we entered we were greeted by costumed “ladies of the castle” serving a scrumptious mead (old fashioned name for beer) ahead of listening to the musicians in the excellent hall.

Meanwhile, The Bunratty Folk Park is a reconstruction of the properties and atmosphere of Ireland in the 19th century.

The primary village street comprises charming shops, pubs and homes, furnished as they would have been in Victorian instances. Some of them are still inhabited by villagers who gladly demonstrate how life and operate was organised in the previous.

We have been lucky enough to taste some property-produced products, like Irish stew created with lamb, potatoes, carrots and onions. History genuinely comes to life here! We then drove south to Killimer and took the ferry across the Shannon to Tarbert, Co Kerry and chilled at the Fels Point Hotel in nearby Tralee.As constantly in Ireland, we received a warm welcome from everybody from the porter to the girl in the bar. Any trip to Ireland would not be complete without having a pay a visit to to the Dingle Peninsula at the quite west of Europe. Famed for its rugged beauty and cultural heritage, the region has long been a vacation location.

When reaching the peninsula’s principal hub at the colourful fishing village of Dingle, we jumped on a boat to see Fungie the dolphin who frequently escorts the town’s fishing boats to and from port.

Our next quit was the Blasket Centre in nearby Dun Chaoin.

This fascinating heritage centre/museum honours the special neighborhood who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953 and tells how difficult island life was for the inhabitants.

Whilst we had been in the mood for exploring, what greater place to go to than the South Pole Inn, at the village of Annascaul?

The area is the birthplace of famous Antarctic explorer Tom Crean who enlisted in the British Navy, aged 15, and was a member of Captain Scott’s group which raced to attain the South Pole.

Upon leaving Annascaul, we took the road south to Killarney and the scenic National Park where we explored the lakes, picturesque castle ruins and effortless walking paths.

Next day we drove to the sheltered harbour village of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay and caught the 15-minute ferry to the tiny island of Ilnacullin. We then continued our non-stop trip to Co Cork and the must-see attraction at Mizen Head Signal Station Lighthouse.

The lighthouse is better identified as The Teardrop of Ireland, which for millions of Irish men and women who emigrated to America was a final glimpse of house and the Emerald Isle.

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