The Imperial Hotel is proud to be located on the Cork stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way. The sensational journey is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. It stretches around the coast of Ireland, wrapping from Donegal, all the way to Cork. In our opinion, some of the most breath-taking scenery of the route can be found on the Cork coastline.
The Haven Coast is the southernmost part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The road takes you past lush fuchsia hedgerows, daring sea cliffs, secluded inlets, and beautiful Blue Flag beaches. It gently unwinds from Bantry Bay, through Skibbereen - translated as ‘little boat harbour’ - and on to the dreamy Kinsale beaches. Eventually, you’ll even reach the most southerly point of Ireland, Mizen head, which provides endless blue views of the Atlantic Ocean.
All along this bountiful coast line is a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere
The coast of Cork attracts creative souls, who are happy to share artisan food, arts and festivals with visitors to their shore. Even the city centre retains this relaxed vibe, as does our very own Wild Atlantic Way hotel. Centrally located, we provide the perfect base for exploring the boutiques and bistros tucked away on the streets of Cork. Guests to our hotel on the Wild Atlantic Way also particularly enjoy the Kinsale Gourmet Food festival, less than 20 minutes from our door. Every October, the culinary capital of Cork fills with fresh, mouth-watering delights.
The route is resplendent with heritage
If you’re interested in travelling the route for heritage, you won’t be disappointed. The country side is dotted with ancient sites and coastal forts, including Knockdrum Fort, Youghal Heritage Site, Kealkil Stone Circle and Drombeg Stone Circle. The Fastnet Rock can also be seen out on the horizon, nicknamed ‘Ireland’s tear drop’ for its distinctive shape.
Visitors who prefer walking to driving won’t be disappointed
The coast of Cork is resplendent with walking trails. There are options for every fitness level, and hours can be spent exploring the meandering trails of the Wild Atlantic Way route.
The Wild Atlantic Way can also be enjoyed via the sea
Cork is a county that’s proud of its coastal routes, and has a range of sea activities on offer. Visitors can take a boat tour around the scenic coast, or take a guided sea kayaking trip around Lough Hyne. This marine lake is fed by tidal currents, and provides a breath-taking pastime for an afternoon. Or, spend the afternoon watching humpback whales, risso dolphins, basking sharks in the clear West Cork waters of Baltimore.