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Driving the Wild Atlantic Way On a Rainy Day: Best Things To Do

driving the wild atlantic way on a rainy day

Driving the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland is an incredible experience that allows you to witness the rugged beauty of Ireland’s west coast. However, the unpredictable Irish weather can sometimes mean that you’ll have to brave the elements. In this blog post, we’ll explore why driving the Wild Atlantic Way on a rainy day can still be an unforgettable adventure.

Don’t let the rain stop you – there’s plenty to do and stay dry at the same time.

Don’t let the rain stop you – there’s plenty to do and stay dry at the same time.

I wake up slowly feeling rested and relaxed after a deep sleep. I turn and curl up in a fetal position soaking in all of the warmth under the covers as the light of day starts to illuminate the curtains of my hotel room. Then I hear it – pitter patter, pitter patter on the glass window. My brain slowly flickers on and makes sense of the sounds. Damn…it’s raining, now what I am going to do?

Rain in Ireland is a Given

Everyone said – don’t go in October – the weather is horrible.  However I’m a big advocate of never letting the weather stop you, so I ignored all of this advice and went during October.  It was indeed very volatile weather, but in those dark clouds and pouring rain I learned something really important – rain pants are a staple item in Ireland. Thank goodness the nice people of Ireland are always willing to loan you their extra pair! 

There were some really bad weather days during my Wild Atlantic Way road trip; cold temps, pouring rain, wind, and lightening storms yet I loved it all.  Instead I appreciated the fewer people on the roads and the feeling of accomplishment when I completed a day of rainy hiking. I just put on my rain gear and made the weather part of the adventure.  Plus the rainy weather also brought out the rainbows, and who doesn’t love rainbows?

Rain brings two rainbows in Ireland

Ireland will throw all sorts of weather at you so it’s likely to rain, blow, and downpour at some point during your holiday – probably many times. So it’s great to have a few ideas in your itinerary for what to do on a rainy day driving the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Best Things To Do While Driving the Wild Atlantic Way On a Rainy Day

1. Tour Old Homes

While it rained sideways outside I went inside the Bantry House and Gardens in County Cork. I was greeted with a warm crackling fire.

The Bantry House,…

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