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Wild Atlantic Road Trip

Culdaff - Carrigart - Dungloe - Sligo - Aghleam - Mallaranny - Clifden - Galway - Spanish Point - Tralee - Portmagee - Bantry - Clonakilty - Cork

Expect on your Wild Atlantic Road Trip Itinerary

Landscape Landscape
Security Security
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Historical sites Historical sites
Culture Culture
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Wildlife Wildlife
ACTIVATE MAP Stages13 km1,797 h/stage3.0

Best months to drive Wild Atlantic Road Trip

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Wild Atlantic Road Trip in Ireland?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 525EUR drive & more 200EUR sleep & more 770EUR eat & more 756EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,726EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,251EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 630EUR drive & more 275EUR sleep & more 1,386EUR eat & more 1,008EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,669EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,299EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,575EUR drive & more 338EUR sleep & more 2,079EUR eat & more 1,512EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,929EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 5,504EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 3,150EUR drive & more 400EUR sleep & more 385EUR eat & more 756EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,541EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,691EUR
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Wild Atlantic Road Trip Itinerary

If you are looking for one of the most captivating road trips in Ireland, Wild Atlantic Road Trip will surely match up your expectations. Our road trip will be suitable for target_traveller]. Culdaff, Dungloe, and Sligo are places that you will have a chance to explore. The road plan presented in this article takes 14 days to complete, but drivers can definitely complete it in 10. If you are tempted with the allure of what Ireland has to offer, you can always extend your trip. You will have almost 1,797km to travel, and you will spend more or less 3.0 hours a day behind the wheel. So, let’s hit the road!
number of days 14 number of days
route length 1,797 km route length
budget fair budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level
During Wild Atlantic Road Trip, drivers will have a superb opportunity to admire scenic nature. Travelling allows you to relax and gives you an opportunity to see a wide range of interesting spots at a reasonable price. Another benefit of going on Wild Atlantic Road Trip is experiencing all the brilliant historical jewels on your way. If tourists are searching for comfortable places to sleep, the accommodation options on the way do not offer top comfort, yet they still are value for money. Road traffic in Ireland is characterised by a moderate number of accidents. You will be also travelling on the left. The period of time recommended to take our journey is between May and October.

START Culdaff

Distance 1,797 km Driving time 38.5 h Pace: modest Airports CFN , DUB
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Your journey starts at the Dublin Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

1 Culdaff - Carrigart

Distance 92 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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2 Carrigart - Dungloe

Distance 92 km Driving time 2.2 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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3 Dungloe - Sligo

Distance 179 km Driving time 3.3 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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4 Sligo - Aghleam

Distance 177 km Driving time 3.6 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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5 Aghleam - Mallaranny

Distance 76 km Driving time 1.3 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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6 Mallaranny - Clifden

Distance 95 km Driving time 1.7 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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7 Clifden - Galway

Distance 127 km Driving time 2.5 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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8 Galway - Spanish Point

Distance 113 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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9 Spanish Point - Tralee

Distance 198 km Driving time 4.1 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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10 Tralee - Portmagee

Distance 193 km Driving time 3.6 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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11 Portmagee - Bantry

Distance 212 km Driving time 4.8 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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12 Bantry - Clonakilty

Distance 146 km Driving time 3.4 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
accommodation options camper parking available
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13 Clonakilty - Cork

Distance 96 km Driving time 2.5 h Pace: slow View map Itinerary
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Wild Atlantic Road Trip Summary

Hopefully, the presented Wild Atlantic Road Trip has become a superb inspiration for your future travels.
The itinerary we’ve suggested can be used as a template that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with original attractions.
If travelling by car is your plan when moving around Ireland, there are a number of essential road rules to follow and a list of things to be mindful of to make your trip safe. The following road rules will surely become useful for all holidayers considering renting a vehicle or renting a camper.
When sightseeing around Ireland, there are multiple road rules to be followed. When moving around Ireland in a car, try to avoid spirits at all. Tourists ought to remember that the amount of alcohol that the driver can consume is rather low and is only 0.5‰. Exceeding the maximum permissible speed, which is 50km/h, around the city streets may lead to a speeding fine. When it comes to rural areas, the maximum permissible speed is 100km/h. Avoid driving faster than the speed limit of 120km/h when travelling on motorways. Driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit heavily increase the safety of your passengers.
You’re probably wondering about the costs of the whole trip. Depending on the budget option that you go for, the amount of money that you have to spend during the whole road trip will vary. A wide range of budget configurations is showed below.
In the budget option, you have to pay the maximum of 200 EUR for gasoline to cover the planned 14 stages. You will have to spend roughly 770 EUR on economy accommodation. Those who want to benefit from this option will spend around 756 EUR on food and restaurants. If you also aim for the economy car hire option, you will pay approximately 525 EUR. Thus, the estimated travel expenses amount to about 1,726 EUR without vehicle rental and 2,251 EUR with vehicle rental.
Tourists who are looking for greater comfort and the standard option will pay around 275 EUR for the fuel needed to cover the trip. If you are into standard accommodation options, expect that the expenses may amount up to around 1,386 EUR. Food and restaurants from the standard range will cost around 1,008 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a standard hire vehicle can expect a cost of roughly 630 EUR. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay around 3,299 EUR for the whole tour, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle rental will spend roughly 2,669 EUR.
Drivers who are searching for the highest level of convenience will be pleased with the premium offer. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total around 5,504 EUR for holidayers who are considering car hire and 2,669 EUR for those who do not need a hire vehicle. Travellers who would like to cover the trip in a premium hire vehicle can expect a cost of roughly 1,575 EUR. In the top standard configuration of the trip, you should expect the average cost of around 338 EUR when it comes to gasoline. Drivers who would like to go for top services in all aspects of their road trip should expect to pay about 2,079 EUR for overnight stays and roughly 1,512 EUR for restaurants and food.
Wild Atlantic Road Trip can be easily adjusted to the needs of all camper lovers. For those who are interested in this transport option, you will pay up to around 3,150 EUR. You will spend roughly 400 EUR on fuel allowing to cover all stages of the itinerary. Holidayers who opt for camper rental should expect to pay more or less 385 EUR for accommodation and about 756 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The section Road Trip Costs shows all the above-mentioned expenses in detail.
The part of Ireland presented in our Wild Atlantic Road Trip is superb to be explored between May and October. There are numerous interesting road trips and scenic drives that are available on our website if you’d like to see other of our road trip ideas. The wide spectrum of trips will definitely meet the expectations of the most demanding holidaymakers.

Facts for safer driving in Ireland

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 50 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 100 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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