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Wandering Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way: From Banba's Crown to World's End

By Paul Clements


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Following the spirit of the world’s longest coastal driving route, Paul Clements sets out to discover the real west of Ireland. Along the way he encounters memorable characters living on the Atlantic edge and presents a unique portrait of their lives. We meet the last man standing on a remote Galway island, listen to the banter at Puck Fair, and hear from a descendant of the original sixteenth-century wild Atlantic woman. Tagging along on his meandering journey is the swashbuckling presence of the Celtic sea god, Manannan Mac Lir

For his first travel book in 1991, Paul hitchhiked the same route. Now retracing his steps along the Wild Atlantic Way – this time by car and bike, on horseback and on foot – he looks at how Ireland has changed and realises everyone still has a story to tell. Laced with wry humour and endless curiosity, this is a distinctive mix of travel writing, social history and nature.

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm
  • Number of pages: 352
  • ISBN: 9781848892606
  • Illustrations note: B&W photos,
Excellent travelogue.
Utterly entertaining from beginning to end.
Engrossing portrait of western Ireland.
Clements is an affable, thoughtful guide, always alert to the small, telling detail.
Very visual writing that delves into the facts and fantasies of the west of Ireland.
Engaging mix of travel, nature and social commentary.
Clements is an authority on the popular tourist route that has become the Wild Atlantic Way.
The author has discovered that the Wild Atlantic Way has revitalised the west and led to a newfound energy.
The Wild Atlantic Way is far more than a tourist trail and this book charts Clements’ return journey along it.
A wonderful book with inspiring insights.

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