“Where land and sea collide, where untamed beauty abounds, welcome to the unforgettable experience of the Wild Atlantic Way”. The epic 2000km-long Wild Atlantic Way captures the magic and extraordinary beauty of the West of Ireland in all its glory. Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way, you will follow the breathtaking Atlantic coast on two wheels; travelling all the way from Kinsale in the South to Derry in Northern Ireland.
At IrelandWays.com we have divided the Wild Atlantic Way route in 11 manageable cycling sections so you can explore the fascinating West of Ireland at your own pace, discovering one region at the time. Families and leisure cyclists can cycle the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill Island; while experienced cyclists up for a challenge can cycle the Wild Atlantic Way in just 25 days.
Named one of the world’s best road trips, you can also drive the Wild Atlantic Way, talk to our team to tailor-made your route. Our coach tours are ideal for groups looking to explore Ireland in a few days.
Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way itinerary
|Clonakilty||45||First section of The Wild Atlantic Way, starting in the medieval fishing port of Kinsale, and finishing in the small coastal town of Bantry. This section goes across some of the most remote and traditional areas of Ireland. Moving on from Kinsale the route will lead you along quiet rural roads hugging the rugged coastline through the villages of Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Baltimore. You will pass by Mizen Head, Ireland’s most southwesterly point, cycling to the town of Bantry overlooking the bay and the mountains of the Beara Peninsula.|
|Castletownbere||33||Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from Bantry to Kenmare, you will be on rural roads, hugging the coastline along two of Ireland’s most remote peninsulas, the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula.You will have ocean views on your left shadowed by mountains to your right, the further west you travel the more rural and ancient the areas will feel. Every day of this tour you are going to see remnants of human inhabitation and travel along the same roads used by, The Celts, Spanish, French and British over the past few centuries.|
|Caherdaniel||47||This awe-inspiring coastal cycle around The Ring of Kerry takes in Sneem, Waterville, Rossbeigh beach and Glenbeigh and the manicured Victorian gardens of Muckross Park outside Killarney. For the first three days from the town of Waterville you will be able to see the famous Skellig Islands – site of monastic settlement dating back to the 6th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cycling the second half of this section to Killarney you will have views of the stunning Kerry coastline including the Dingle Peninsula, Rossbeigh and Inch beaches to your left and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks on your right.|
|Annascaul||49||Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from Killarney to Tralee on The Dingle peninsula will highlight the abundance of culture, history and wild beauty in the West of Ireland. Your journey will take you along well-maintained roads, predominantly hugging the coastline with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Kerry mountains. Also, you will have the chance to cycle through Gaeltacht, an Irish speaking area, the best place to discover authentic Irish culture.|
|Ballybunion||69||Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from Tralee to Galway covering a large stretch of the stunning Atlantic coastline, including areas of natural beauty like the rugged Cliffs of Moher, the bare moonscape of The Burren and one of the best surfing beaches in Ireland at Lahinch. The Burren is best known for its iconic landscape and with short daily cycling distances, you will have time to explore some of the historical and cultural highlights along your tour, like Rattoo Round tower, Carrigafoyle Castle, Spanish Point and Corcomroe Abbey to mention just a few.|
|Carraroe||45||Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from Galway to Westport, through Connemara, a region known for its awe-inspiring, unspoilt and natural beauty. This section will introduce you to both metropolitan and rural Ireland, cycling to and from tourist hubs via flat coastal roads and along barren, rural peninsulas. Connemara is known for its patchwork of lakes, windswept bogs and rugged mountains, giving anyone travelling here a sense of splendid isolation. Leaving Galway and following the Atlantic coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way, you are likely to see the traditional sailing boats of Connemara, the Gleoiteog and Pucan which are more commonly known as Galway Hookers.|
|Achill Sound||55||Section 7 of the Wild Atlantic Way follow The Great Western Greenway, one of the longest traffic-free off-road walking and cycling trails in Ireland. Along the way, you will pass through Newport with its famous seven arched viaduct crossing the Black Oak river and on the way to Mulranny, before finishing up at Achill Island. Your tour of Achill Island allows you explore this history-rich region of Mayo like a 16th-century tower houses and the deserted village off the Slievemore road, reminders of how the Irish famine devastated local communities through starvation, relocation and emigration.|
|Mulranny||32||Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from the heritage town of Westport along the Great Western Greenway to Mulranny. You will follow the rugged coastline through Belmullet around the picturesque Mullet peninsula and on to the world famous Ceide Fields, before finishing your tour in the bustling town of Ballina. This section of the Wild Atlantic Way is the backdrop for the North Mayo sculpture trail, the most impressive public arts project ever undertaken in Ireland. The inspiration for the sculpture trail is close to Ballycastle and known as the Ceide Fields. The maximum elevation you will reach on this section of the Wild Atlantic Way is only 105 meters above sea level.|
|Aughris||40||This section of the Wild Atlantic Way, cycling from Ballina to Donegal, offers a great mix of old and new. Every second evening you will move from lively urban towns where you will enjoy a good range of restaurants and bars to quiet rural villages reminiscent of Ireland in years gone by. The route between Ballina and Donegal is along well paved, undulating roads, with a high point of only 107m above sea level. This section of the Wild Atlantic Way takes you past the best surfing and blue flag beaches in Ireland.|
|Killybegs||27||Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Gortahork includes the Slieve League sea cliffs, Killybegs Harbour and Cnoc Fola point in this week long cycling tour. Passing by breathtaking landscapes you will spend the majority of your time cycling along quiet rural roads and boreens, so the distances should not seem as long.|
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