Use Cork City as a base camp for the start of your Wild Atlantic journey. Technically, this falls outside the traditional 'Wild Atlantic Way' and Co. Cork is often known as the 'gateway' to the Wild Atlantic Way. Cork City is a compact town, with a mix of eccentricism. Though pleasant, I wouldn't spend longer than a day exploring the whole city. The real beauty of Co. Cork lies in the unexplored lands of Western Cork. Use the spare day to drive right down to Mizen Head - Ireland's south-western tip.