Cycle touring fully loaded and laden down with gear has it’s time and place… heading off with bike, tent and sandwiches in tow, for a light leisurely jaunt should have it’s place too!
The West Coast of Ireland is a great destination for light cycle touring…if you can get the weather for it! The Wild Atlantic Way offers unrivalled landscape, unpredictable weather, and unpredictable, stubborn sheep!
The length of the Wild Atlantic Way stretches from Cork in the south, to Donegal in the North, a length of over 2500km! We decided to sample 100km of it over the course of three days. You could probably complete the loop in a day if you don’t stop in every pub and cafe along the way!
Ireland is strikingly green for a reason- the rain! If you’re coming, bring rain-gear!
Some respite from the traffic. The roads can be quite busy along the more popular routes and obviously during seasonal periods. We planned our trip during the Clifden Pony Show, which is a celebration of the Connemara pony, so there was more traffic than normal.
Killary Fjord, near Leenaun, Co.Mayo is Ireland’s only true Fjord.
The fjord is about 16km long and has the impressive mountains of Mweelree and the Twelve Pins Mountains standing either side of it offering truly spectacular views. Tours can be taken on Killary Fjord with killary Fjord Boat Tours.
Laura putting a brave face on despite the persistence of the biting midges. They can get quite annoying during the Summer months, especially during humid evenings with cloud cover. Click here for tips on how to help deter these annoying pests.
Not a bad place to set up tent! It can sometimes be a little tricky to find a wild camping spot as the terrain can be too rocky to get the tent pegs in or too wet and soft to be considered.
Black pudding for breakfast! Who would’ve thought that something that tastes this good would be classed as a superfood along with the likes of blueberries and chia seeds! I never needed an excuse to eat it before!
The roads were a lot quieter once we veered off the busier N59 road.
Cycling along Lough Fee, I wish I had brought my fishing rod with me!
Connemara has a very diverse, colourful and rugged landscape. The seasonal colours range from the bright yellow of the furze bush, the purples of the invasive rhododendrons, lilacs of the sweeping bog heather and of course the many shades of green. A landscape painter’s dream!
Laura sitting by a fairy tree or rag tree. The fairy tree is a hawthorn tree where people who have a problem or a particular ailment tie ribbons to it’s branches with the hope the concern will disappear. We came across a lot of these in Mongolia and Russia. It’s funny how our cultures, folklores and beliefs are sometimes linked.
There are many beautiful and unspoilt beaches dotted along the coast of Ireland. Glassilaun Beach, which is overlooked by Mweelrea mountain was where part of The Quiet Man, 1952, by John Ford, was filmed. It’s a movie that is still remembered locally and features quite prominently in various towns and villages around the film locations.
The beautifully, clear and clean strand of Glassilaun beach.
Rocking the sash!
Where to next?!