10 Shipwrecks of the Wild Atlantic Way share box


Over the years, hundreds of ships have fallen victim to the power of the wild Atlantic. We’ve mapped out some of the most famous wrecks along the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland; from an ill-fated member of the famous Spanish Armada fleet to the many British warships torpedoed by German submarines during the Great Wars. These are their tragic yet fascinating stories.


Dive & Explore

Many of those British battleships were wrecked off Malin Head in Donegal, as the area was used as a lookout point for approaching German vessels during both world wars. The HMS Transylvania (1), a liner-turned-armed merchant cruiser, was sunk by German U-boat in 1940. Sadly, 36 lives were lost. 24 miles off the coast lies the HMS Audacious (3); a battleship sunk in 1914. The SS Empire Heritage (2) meanwhile was torpedoed in 1944 and is ideal for exploration as its wreck lies only 70m…

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