What Type of Car To Rent: Driving The Wild Atlantic Way

Altantic road in Ireland

There is a perception that the roads in Ireland are very small and difficult to drive on. This may have been the case 20 years ago, but today Ireland has motorways between all major cities, and small and narrow roads are optional. For example, if you want to leave the main roads to drive through the valleys of Kerry, narrow roads are to be expected.

If you plan a self-guided driving tour to explore the beautiful and dramatic West Coast of Ireland, hiring a car gives you the most flexibility and freedom to explore. With a car rental you can venture off the beaten track and travel the road less travelled. Choosing the correct car for a drive along the Wild Atlantic Way depends on numerous factors. One such factor is the number of passengers and how many miles you plan to drive.

During 2016, more than 25% of customers who rented a car drove along a part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

The most popular section was the Mayo to Clare section. As part of this route, Cliff of Moher is a large draw with being Ireland's number one natural attraction. A large part of the route covers the Connemara National Park; Horse riding on Connemara pony, Killary Harbour, Kylemore Abbey, Driving the Sky Road, Derrigimlagh blanket bog and more.

Popular Wild Atlantic Way sections