Bikepacking Ireland

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal driving route in the world. Over 2,500km in length, wiggling along the west coast from Malin Head, the most northerly point in the country, to West Cork in the south. Bikepacking Ireland is enchanting. You’ll see green fields, huge granite boulders, towering cliffs, crashing waves and meet friendly people.

We rode 550km of coastline, without leaving Donegal. We found dirt roads, sheep tracks, old trails and sand. With the freedom of the bike, we went wilder than the Wild Atlantic Way. Check out the bikepacking Ireland route we rode.

Why did we choose Donegal?
It’s where I’m from. I wanted to show Dan the raw beauty of the place I call home. This is how we got here.  Below, you can read some of the trip reports from our time bikepacking in Ireland.


Bikepacking Ireland in sections


Route from Bundoran to KillybegsBundoran to Killybegs

The official route along the Wild Atlantic Way takes you across Rossnowlagh’s strand when the tide is right. Riding on the beach was memorable. Dan had his first taste of home made wheaten bread (not made by me) at the Sandhouse hotel, while I spoke on Highland Radio’s Sean Doherty Show about what I thought about the Wild Atlantic Way. Donegal is proud of its poets, musicians and saints as we discovered by cycling this route. You can read about this section here.


 

 

Bikepacking IrelandKillybegs to Glencolmcille

On this section, we climbed Slieve League’s Pilgrim path, saw neolithic tombs and standing stones. We passed fishing boats, small piers, bog, turf mounds and faced headwinds on our way to the the church. We ate in a tea shop and had dinner from a chip van in the Irish speaking village of Glencolmcille. The route was partly on road and off road. Read on…


Killybegs carpets loom

Killybegs

Our B&B host took us to the home of the world famous Donegal carpets and filled us in on the history of this fishing port. For photos and story of the visit to the Killybegs International Carpet and Fishing Centre, click here.


Looking out to An Port

Looking out to An Port

Glencolmcille to Annagry

Bikepacking Ireland included – climbing a sea stack. Read on..

 


WAW 2014-04-13 016Annagry to Dunfanaghy

Moss covered stone walls and narrow grass paths led to steps more suited to walkers. Read on…


 cycling to Malin Head Sea view tavern Malin HeadMalin Head, a nod a wink and a pint

Ireland’s Pubs close on Good Friday. After cycling to Malin Head, I wanted a pint to celebrate and discovered a loophole in Ireland’s licensing laws. Read on…


Riding the beaches of Donegal


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