Where land and sea collide. Where untamed beauty abounds. Where the fishing is awesome…
Out at the very edge of Europe, the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) stretches for 2,500 km along Ireland’s western seaboard. From Malin Head in Co. Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork, it is the longest defined coastal drive in the world. It has become one of the most popular ways for visitors to explore the wild and rugged countryside of western Ireland. The route is clearly marked, making it easy for travellers to find their way from one place to the next. So whether you’re looking for remote angling marks, action-packed fishing or rich cultural experiences where the pub is in walking distance of the water, the Wild Atlantic Way is just waiting to be explored.
Ireland is well known as a top angling destination and it should be no surprise that there are a wealth of fishing opportunities available along the WAW. Whether you are a keen angler or a complete newcomer, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of places where you can take a break and spend a day or two fishing.
We’ve put together a short guide to introduce you to some of the fishing opportunities available on the route, describing some of the angling highlights you will encounter, and giving maps and information on other fisheries that are well worth exploring. So, all you need to do is to pack a couple of rods in with the rest of the luggage and look forward to enjoying the fantastic scenery and great fishing that the WAW has to offer.
What’s the Catch?
Sparse and mountainous terrain along the route results in acidic water with little feeding available for resident fish. These geological conditions lead to the development of migratory fish and some of Ireland’s most famous salmon and sea trout fisheries lie right on the WAW route.
You can go chasing silver here:
Wild brown trout also populate most of the streams entering the Atlantic and while small in size, can provide great sport on light tackle. For larger trout, the great limestone loughs of counties Galway and Mayo provide an opportunity to fish for wild brown trout in the traditional Irish ‘lough style’, drifting in a boat casting a team of flies ahead of you.
These lakes are also well known for the quality of pike they produce, with numerous pike
over 100cm recorded every year.
For coarse anglers, choices along the WAW are more limited but there are some very notable fisheries within a stone’s throw of the route that offer excellent coarse fishing for a range of species.
And what about fishing in the sea? All those rocky ledges, crashing surf beaches, and the thrill of hearing your reel go “click… click… click… zzzzZZZZZZ” on a charter boat where anything is possible? Well look no further, there’s everything from blennies to bluefin tuna on offer.
Plan your trip
When trying to decide what venue to fish, know how its been fishing can make the decision a little easier. Browse all the latest angling news from the Wild Atlantic Way here.
Who goes there?
To help you plan your fishing trip we have listed all the angling service providers in the region here: