I don't even know where to start! Who doesn't immediately fall in love with all the little coastal towns and villages along the Wild Atlantic Way?
My most memorable trip was a weekend that I spent with family and close friends in Strandhill, Co. Sligo
. We visited during off-season, and this gave us the chance to rent out an entire hostel and enjoy some very special days as a group. One of the activities that we had planned for this weekend was a beginner surfing lesson for anyone who was brave enough to face the Atlantic Ocean in October. And while 14°C water temperature didn't sound exactly tempting, I love to try new adventure sports during my travels and couldn't say no to this opportunity!
I am so happy that I took the plunge (pun intended!). After some theory, a few dry run throughs on the beach, and a few minutes of paddling around in the shallows, I was surprised to find myself actually standing on a surfboard and riding some (smaller) waves - all within just one beginner class! Ever since that day, I have been eager to come back here and take more surfing lessons in Strandhill
On the second day of our trip we took a little hike through The Glen
, a must-visit when you're in the area! The scenery was absolutely magical and a perfect place to enjoy the peaceful nature. Unfortunately it had been raining a lot recently, which meant that we found ourselves ankle-deep in the mud at some point. It definitely made for some funny stories in the pub later that evening, and turned this day into a memory that I won't forget for a very long time!
I am hoping to return to the Wild Atlantic Way at some point in the next few years, and I'm curious to hear your recommendations for more things to do and places to see!