Signs have popped up all along the West of Ireland promoting the Wild Atlantic Way. Failte Ireland has spent 10 million euros on road signs and promotions, which is a good thing, as nobody wants to see tourists getting lost in the wild. Some sections of the road, the stretch between Ballyvaughan and Fanore comes to mind, are among the most scenic driving routes in the world. It would be nice though, if the department of transport could find another 100 million euros to actually fix some of the potholes along the Wild Atlantic Way.
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Clare County Council on the other hand, spent a couple of hundred thousand euros creating the most beautiful coastal walk in Ireland, but decided to keep it a secret. I'm talking about the newly opened Cliffs of Moher coastal walk. It starts in Doolin and runs all the way to Liscannor. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful walk in Ireland, if you can find the trail head:)
To find the trail head, park the car in the car park near Doolin pier on Fisher street. There are several pubs and coffee shops near the car park, the famous magnetic music shop is located here. Then walk back towards the village, cross the bridge, then follow the road uphill to the right. The trail head is a 5 min walk form the car park.
The walk runs parallel to Co. Clare's Atlantic coast. It is 8km from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher and some sections of the walk are quite steep.
The sea cliffs along the way are home to thousands of sea birds.
Geology along the coast is quite interesting.
The best time to enjoy the walk is probably in the afternoon, as the evening light makes the coast line look spectacular.