Ireland – Wild Atlantic Way Route Part 1: The Joy of Adventure Travel; Boomer Style


I’m old and I can prove it. I grew up when our only telephone plugged into the wall and it was a party line (No, it doesn’t mean you’re having a party on the phone). I saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan show first run, not on youtube. Yes, that makes me a Baby Boomer. A child of the Woodstock generation. We were the generation that would change the world. We were free spirits full of idealism and hope. So what happened?

Carrie contemplating what happened to the Woodstock generation while strolling the beach in Mountcharles.

I guess life happened. But it wasn’t supposed to happen in the same fashion as our parents’ life. We were different and wild. And because of that, you would think that as we’ve traveled the world – adventure style, we would see many like-aged, USA adventurers. But, alas, we’ve seen relatively few, especially when compared to like-aged Europeans who are out there in droves, with worn hiking boots, weathered faces, and a grin from ear to ear. We Americans appear content with the familiar and the comfortable. When we do venture out, we do it like our parents, in the comfort and safety of cruise ships and all inclusive resorts. Not exactly the way to immerse oneself into another culture, in my opinion. Have we Boomers really lost that zest for the wild and crazy? I don’t know, but it certainly seems so to me. But, I’m here to relate our Ireland experience and hopefully, with a sense of adventure and awe like the good old days of our youth.

Leaving our beautiful ‘pod’ in Muff was not easy. But, leave we must. Our ‘pod’ was to the left, just outside the picture. WAW here we come!

Rejuvenated, just having completed our 3 days in the pod (see Carrie’s post), it was now time to move on and begin exploring the Wild Atlantic Way. For those that don’t know, the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) is billed as the longest defined coastal touring route. It basically covers the west coast of Ireland from the northern most point to the southern most point, hugging the coast all the way, providing an opportunity to drive on some narrow, curvy, and very remote roads including varying amounts of rain at no extra charge. It feels much like Scotland’s North Coast 500, but more traveled and less remote. We have multiple blog posts on the North Coast 500 on our site for those wishing more information. This post will cover the area from Muff to Donegal. Additional information on the Wild Atlantic Way can be found here.

We were feeling pretty lucky as we left Muff for our destination of Mountcharles because we were

A blue sky is a blessing in these parts and we were loving it. Just another pretty spot along the WAW

actually seeing some blue sky between the moisture laden clouds. A rare sight in these parts. And although the clouds thickened as the day wore on, our luck stuck with us. Oh, in case you’re wondering, Mountcharles is spelled as one word and is pronounced as if it were French. Kind of odd we thought. The following pictures give a small taste of the beauty of the drive for this part of the WAW, which took 3 times as long to drive because we stopped every few minutes for another photo opportunity.

McNutt’s Tweeds. Probably a family owned and operated business dating back 500 years. Along the WAW.


Some Nobleman’s summer castle, I’m sure. Along the WAW


Even the bridges along the WAW are a 1000 years old. Remember to drive on the left side.


Quaint and beautiful. I could live here. Along the WAW.


Our beautiful accommodations for the next 3 days in Mountcharles. The next time you travel try out AirBnb instead of a regular old hotel. A little easier to get a feel for the local culture.


Carrie has us booked at an AirBnB just outside of the little village of Mountcharles located about 4 miles from Donegal which provided easy access to local sights such as Slieve League, Silver Strand, and St. John’s Point. It’s a gorgeous house with an incredible view with an equally incredible hostess. We were given full kitchen access and we enjoyed many an interesting discussions with our hostess. Our days were spent…Hell, let’s let the pictures tell the story!

Slieve League

Entrance and parking area for Slieve League. A fraction of the size of the Cliffs of Moher.


One of the local inhabitants at Slieve League. Nearly as impressive as the cliffs of Moher without the crowds. It rains a bit here, by the way.


Another ‘local’ hanging out on the cliffs of Slieve League.


Carrie, not a local, hanging out on the cliffs of Slieve League. Yes, it was cold! Is there medicinal wine in that backpack?

St. John’ Point

Driving out to St. John’s Point. Kind of pretty, no? A car is mandatory in this neck of the woods. Stay to the left!


St. John’s Point Lighthouse


We found our lunch spot. Time to open that bottle of wine!


Carrie enjoying life apres lunch. Yes, vino was consumed. We are vinohikers after all.


The Silver Strand

Now that’s a pasture. Our view of Silver Strand during lunch. And yes, more wine was consumed.


Lighthouse at the Silver Strand.


One of Napoleon’s many lookouts at the Strand



A little stroll around Mountcharles.


A nice little beach house in Mountcharles. The hiking was fantastic all around this area.

And so our WAW journey begins and what a great start. Hopefully you Baby Boomers out there took a few things away from this post like: 1. Throw caution to the wind and leave your comfort zone. 2. Fear not driving on the left side of the road. You get used to it. 3. Get a small car. 4. It is not too late to recapture that craziness of our youth, so get out there and have some fun!

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7 thoughts on “Ireland – Wild Atlantic Way Route Part 1: The Joy of Adventure Travel; Boomer Style

    • Loved it. Beautiful pictures. I’ve got more age on you though and I’m not a hiker anymore. Artificial knees don’t do all that walking. But I still like to see all the beautiful places you and Carrie have visited over the years.Thanks – DJ

      • Thanks D.J.! Glad you enjoyed the pictures and there are more coming. : >) We heading out again very soon. Stay tuned.

  1. What a wonderful post, Pat and Carrie! I enjoy your trip vicariously. 🙂
    Looking forward to your next post. You are great photographers!!!
    Happy trails and lots of fantastic and beautiful adventures!
    Ever thought about doing vlogs?

    • Thank you Miriam! That’s very kind of you to say. A vlog is something to think about, although we’re both more comfortable behind the lens than in front of it. lol.

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