The stretch of coastline down Ireland’s west side – dubbed the Wild Atlantic Way – offers visitors an authentic, off-the-beaten-path Irish experience.
Travellers can take chunks of it (the whole coast would take weeks) and see castle ruins, take a boat to Caher Island with its ancient monastery, look down at the sea from the Cliffs of Moher, and, of course, sample some of Ireland’s greatest pubs.
To check off “sleeping in a real castle” from a bucket list while en route, guests can visit two of Ireland’s legendary castles – Dromoland Castle and Ashford Castle.
Also along the Wild Atlantic Way is Cork, known as the food capital of Ireland with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the country (three).
With The River Lee Hotel as a home base, visitors can take guided food tours to the English Market, one of Europe’s oldest covered markets, visit the butter museum (an entire museum devoted to Irish butter), or check out the craft beer at Elbow Lane Brew & Smoke House, whose “nanobrewery,” Franciscan Well, is located on the site of a monastery dating back to 1219.