The Wild Atlantic Way is an epic route, taking in over 2,000 kms of magnificent coastline and pretty much the whole West of Ireland in all its glory. The route will take you to some of the most spectacular and breathtaking corners of Ireland, from lively towns in County Cork to rugged headlands in Kerry and hidden coves in Donegal. While it is mostly known as a road trip, the Wild Atlantic Way is best discovered on two wheels.
Here’s all you need to know about cycling the Wild Atlantic Way with IrelandWays.com:
At IrelandWays.com we have divided the Wild Atlantic Way into 11 cycling sections of approximately one week each, starting in Kinsale, County Cork and finishing in Derry, in Northern Ireland.http://irelandways.com/ways/the-wild-atlantic-way/wild-atlantic-way-donegal-gortahork
The distance cycled each day varies from 21kms to 54kms, depending on the terrain. These distances will allow you to enjoy the main sights and stop at interesting spots along the route.
NEW: Wild Atlantic Way for experienced cyclists
From Spring 2016, we have a new Wild Atlantic Way tour perfect for experienced cyclists. You will be cycling the whole length of the Wild Atlantic Way from Kinsale to Derry, over 2000kms of pure beauty, in just 25 days. The distances covered each day go from 50 to 115kms. If you don’t have a whole month, you can also pick a specific section.
South to North
As you know you have to drive (and cycle) on the left side of the road in Ireland. For this reason our road trip and cycling itineraries follow the Wild Atlantic Way from South to North: so you will always have the ocean on your left, no need to cross the road for picture stops!
For absolute beginners
The Wild Atlantic Way is well signposted and follows a combination of quiet country roads, and busier regional roads. For absolute beginners and those looking to cycle the Wild Atlantic Way with children, we recommend cycling the Great Western Greenway to Achill Island, which is a 42-km off road trail linking Westport with Achill Sound following a former railway line. From Achill Sound you can choose to continue your adventure to Achill Island, taking small coastal roads. For more details: cycling the Great Western Greenway and cycling the Great Western Greenway and Achill Island.
An easy stretch
One of the easiest stretches of the Wild Atlantic Way for cyclists is section 5, from Tralee to Galway. This is a relatively flat section and you will be cycling across the unique landscapes of The Burren, including the impressive Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. For more details: cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from Tralee.
The Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, Connemara, etc… there are so many amazing regions in the West of Ireland, it is difficult to select just one section. Less known to visitors than other regions, County Donegal is definitely one of the best for cyclists. Section 10 of the Wild Atlantic Way takes cyclists along the Atlantic coast from Donegal town to the Slieve League sea cliffs, the villages of Glencolumbcille and Ardara, passing peaceful sandy beaches and magnificent mountain passes. For more details: cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal.
You might also like to read: tips for cycling the Wild Atlantic Way.
You can see a full itinerary here: Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way full itinerary.
For more information about walking or cycling the Wild Atlantic Way, contact our travel specialists