We love Ireland, so much so, we not only got engaged here but also got married here. We love to travel and explore new places, but this is one place we return to each year. It’s close enough to home to be a cheaper trip but still different enough to know that you’re abroad and it’s gorgeous, green and wild. Each time we return we like to try and explore a different part and discover somewhere new which led us on to this discovery.
We’d heard about the Wild Atlantic Way which was a new route of 2,500km of rugged and stunning coastline between Kinsale (south of Cork) in the South and Inishowen Head in the North, (near to the border with Northern Ireland) which had been put together by the Tourist Board and the Post Office.
You can buy a Wild Atlantic Way Passport for 10 Euro for any Post Office on route which can help you document the trip. It’s a hard backed book with space for 188 stamps to collect along the route. We were keen to try it out especially as we love our lists!
Each of the 188 points along the way has been picked because of either it’s scenery, it’s culture or just the fact that that there is something downright special about the spot. You can find more about the spots by the app that is free to download or by the leaflet. You’ll also notice it when you’re there as there is a huge signpost with some information.
Once you visit the spot and have enjoyed the scenery, you can pop into the local post office (and it must be one local to the spot and listed in the leaflet that comes with the passport) and get the passport stamped.
The stamps themselves are pictures of the site you’ve visited, meaning the book as it fills up becomes a story book of all the places you’ve been and the memories you’ve created. The kids loved this part, queuing up eagerly in the post office, standing on tip toes to slide their passports through and watching with glee as they get stamped. They waited a little for the ink to dry and then got really excited to look at the picture to see what it was before asking us where the next one was.
We were staying in County Kerry so managed to explore some in Kerry and Cork but as the passport will be valid for many years, we’ll be taking it with us on our next visit to try and get some more stamps to fill up the book.
The route is split up into six regions and once you complete one region, you get a special Wild Atlantic Way gift which we’ll be aiming for. Once you complete the whole route you get a certificate and get entered into an annual prize draw to win the holiday of a lifetime on the Wild Atlantic Way.
I think this is such a great idea to keep the kids interested so well done Failte Ireland and An Post. You’ve given us an Irish Mission in addition to our A-Z adventures and we’re going to take it on!
This is not a sponsored post and we were in no way compensated for our participation in this – just thought it was fab and was worth sharing!