The Wild Atlantic Way is a stunning 2,500km road trip along Ireland’s West Coast that stretches from Donegal to West Cork. The Galway Film Fleadh is proud to highlight this experience to all of our European and International visitors to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. Fleadh film goers have embraced the many attractions the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer in County Galway from the picturesque fishing port of Kinvara to the wild magic of Connemara.
Below, we’ve highlighted a some short trips or locations to visit, in, nearby or not too far from Galway city, along the Wild Atlantic Way that you, the guest, could perhaps take while you’re visiting us in between catching some cinema.
If you’d like to skip over our recommendations, we’d like to point you in the direction of the Way Atlantic Way’s own trip planning page.
The rich tapestry of locations featured in the Atlantic Film Trail provide a unique backdrop to the festival and guests can experience the beauty of the Western coastline first hand. This is a remarkable chance to walk the trail of films such as The Quiet Man, The Field, Into the West, Poitín, Un Taxi Mauve, Man of Aran and take in the spectacular scenery that has attracted so many filmmakers. See this link for more information.
We are hosting an event this year in Yeat’s Tower in Thoor Ballylee, near Gort, a town just 40 minutes drive south of Galway city. Thoor Ballylee is located in beautiful Coole Park, where William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory wrote many poems. See IFI Local Films for Local People for more information.
Taking in the colour, history and atmosphere of Galway city and following the road along the magnetic coastline the Wild Atlantic Way is a must-see attraction. For visitors to the Galway Film Fleadh, this extraordinary journey brings you to the very heart of the West of Ireland in all it’s natural beauty.
At Diamond Hill, located in the spectacular surroundings of Connemara National Park, you can choose from the Upper or Lower Diamond Hill trail; both of these waymarked trails wind through heather, bog and grasslands. Let the trails lead you to amazing views of distant harbours, hidden bays, secret inlets and clusters of desolate islands dotted across the Atlantic Ocean.
Easily navigable, the trails offer a tranquil few hours amongst birdlife, coastal scenery and some of the best seascapes of Connemara.
Further south, Doolin Cliff Walk is a 20km coastal cliff path that leads you over the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Rising to 214m, the views of the idyllic Aran Islands and scenic Galway Bay will take your breath away. Listen to the crashing waves and rolling surf below, but keep your eye on the track because this challenging and seaward trail is demanding and not for the faint-hearted!
The sea cliff walk will lead you to the intimate village of Doolin, world-famous for its traditional Irish music, craic and lively atmosphere. Truly one of Europe’s best treks.
If coastal walks are your thing, check out this article for more info on walks along the west coast.
In addition to the striking views along the Wild Atlantic Way, there are many gastronomic delights that await you along the trail. Food lovers can discover an abundance of artisan restaurants and sustainable food producers that reflect the Western coastline and it’s lush landscape. Alongside sumptuous food, the Wild Atlantic Way is home to a wealth of music, from traditional music sessions to Galway’s vibrant contemporary music scene, there is literally something for everyone.
Check out the our Frequently Asked Questions section for a selection of some of our favourite places in Galway to eat, drink and be merry.