The Wild Atlantic Way and Western Ireland


With quiet roads and stunning scenery, the west coast of Ireland is perfect for cycle-touring. This guide is based on the Wild Atlantic Way, a driving route along Ireland's breathtaking Atlantic seaboard, but adapts the route for cyclists, covering over 2,400km of coastline between Derry/Londonderry and Cork. Since relatively few people are likely to have seven weeks to spare for a full Wild Atlantic Way tour, the book presents six self-contained tours, each offering 7–10 days of riding: for the full Wild Atlantic Way experience, these distinct routes can be linked together into a 44-stage trip. Each route is presented on page as 'route cards': ideal for use with a cycle computer, these pages provide 'at a glance' information for when you're on the road, covering navigation, facilities and local highlights. These are accompanied by more detailed advice on accommodation and facilities, as well as optional detours and shortcuts and points of interest. The introduction covers all the practicalities – including transport, equipment and general tips on cycling in Ireland – as well as background information on geology, plants and wildlife, history and culture to enhance your journey.

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