On June 4th, in Kinsale, West Cork, John and Sally McKenna launch Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way, the first-ever book on the culinary treasures to be discovered on the WAW, all the way from the Foyle Bridge in Derry to Kinsale in West Cork.
Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way features 350 entries, starting with the brilliant Pyke'n’Pommes food cart, in the shadow of the Foyle Bridge, and ending up with the piscine brilliance of Martin Shanahan’s cooking in Fishy Fishy in Kinsale.
This is the first book to be published on the WAW, the biggest tourist initiative ever focused on the West coast of Ireland. Running for some 2,500 kilometres, the WAW hugs the coast through counties Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry and West Cork.
At every point of the journey, John and Sally McKenna have used their 25 years of experience in writing about Irish food and hospitality to unearth the best places to eat and stay on the route, the places you need to know about in order to get the most authentic experience when travelling the WAW, the places and people that unveil the heart of the WAW.
The book is illustrated with more than 300 photographs by Sally McKenna, showcasing the extraordinary natural beauty of the WAW, along with the west coast champions who cook and create the best things to eat and drink along the route.
Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way is published by Estragon Press at €12, and can be ordered, post-free, at www.guides.ie.
The book will also appear in the autumn as an interactive Smartguide for phones and tablets, developed by Donal Mulligan of Dublin City University.
Here is a video we made whilst researching the amazing route this year.