The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, stretches from the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal to Kinsale in Co Cork. It’s the world’s longest touring route through some of Ireland’s most beautiful places. It stretches along the western tip of County Clare, where peaceful roads and deserted beaches stretch out along the Loop Head Drive – an off-the-beaten-track alternative to the popular Cliffs of Moher. This narrow peninsula at the mouth of the Shannon offers an elemental experience - huge Atlantic swells smash into miles of sheer granite cliffs, kicking surf high into the air. Then comes the sun catching the airborne spray and forming rainbows. Approximately 160 bottlenose dolphins live in the mouth of the Shannon River, where it joins the Wild Atlantic off County Clare’s Loop Head Peninsula. You can follow the road from Kilrush to Aylevarro Point, to see them playing just offshore. The Wild Atlantic Way is going to delight you at every bend and turn in the road, and the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis offers a perfect resting place after the excitement of a full day's touring.