As Featured in The Irish Times’ 100 things to do in Ireland this Summer and National Geographic
The Wild Atlantic Way is a 2,500km touring route following the west coast of Ireland from Inishowen all the way to County Cork. We have put together a full day cycling tour along the Wild Atlantic Way as it passes through Inishowen taking in some of the finest scenery anywhere in Ireland. Our experienced and friendly guides bring the area to life with stories and local history as you make your way to Ireland’s most northerly point.
Included in each tour is hire of one of our modern 24 speed hybrid bikes including helmet and comfort accessories, lunch and the services of one of our guides. The price is €60 per person or €45 per person for groups of four or more, children under 16 go for half price. This tour will be available every Wednesday and Sunday during our summer season, or can be arranged on another day specially for you! To arrange a private tour is €80 per person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Below is the route for the tour on Wednesdays and Sundays, if you are booking a private tour this route can be changed to suit your interests and ability.
Malin to Malin Head and back (50km – approx) 10am – 3pm
We’ll start the morning by meeting by the bridge in Malin – a quiet little village in the north of the peninsula. From here we take the beautiful and quiet coastal road, following Trawbreaga bay to Five Fingers Strand. The cycling is extremely flat in this section and so a great opportunity to warm up, before we meet the first ascent on the way up to Malin Head. The cycling can get a bit tough but there is no rush and the guide can give advice about gearing and technique for hill climbing. You are rewarded with exceptional views back on Inishowen and out to the Atlantic Ocean, with every twist in the road bringing a new vista. Our friendly guides will tell you about the area as we pass through it – and stops to enjoy the views and take photographs are highly encouraged! Our route passes country churches, farms with cattle and sheep, and breathtaking sea views throughout the day.
We generally stop for our lunch in the Seaview Tavern – a great gastro pub that specialises in seafood, and overlooks the pier where so much of their menu is sourced from! A lunch (value up to €10) is included here, but you are very welcome to supplement that yourselves and have a full dining experience. The pub is very close to the very top of Malin Head, and is in a beautiful location.
Depending on weather and the experience of the group we will adjust the length of this tour – there are different options of road that lead to Malin Head and the guide will recommend options based on what seems appropriate for everyone to return to Malin by 3pm. Free parking is available in Malin.
Please note that online booking for this tour closes one week in advance – if you wish to join the next tour please call us on +353 (0)87 9722 532
“Great day no matter what the weather!”Reviewed July 14th, 2014
We spent the better part of a very rainy day with Blaise, cycling from Carndonagh to Malin Head. We were treated like old friends by Blaise and Oggy (not sure of spelling), from the moment we arrived. The bikes were of excellent quality and in perfect condition. We hired Blaise to guide us on our ride.
We were fitted for our bikes, helmets and rain gear and off we went. Blaise grew up here so her knowledge of the area is extensive and entertaining. No matter if it’s history, faerie tales or local interest, we loved learning about this beautiful area from someone who obviously is proud of her heritage.
We took back roads so traffic was rare. Some of the hills were difficult for me (I’m no spring chicken), but Blaise never made me feel rushed or inadequate. She just got off her bike and walked along side of me, chatting amiably, although she easily could have gone on.
The scenery was incredible, even through the rain. Every turn in the road brought new wonders.
We stopped at a lovely spot and had a delicious lunch with a great view. Then, when we arrived at Malin Head, the sun came out, as if on cue, and we relaxed on the grassy hillside overlooking the ocean, and dried off in the warmth of the day.
Definitely one of the highlights of our two week trip to Ireland.
“A nice day trip to Malin Head”Reviewed August 4, 2013
We were 4 friends from Norway with very different cycling experince. To be honest, a couple of us were a bit reluctant to the idea of spending a day cycling… But Michael proved to be a very good host for us, and we all had a very nice day. We started in the small village of Malin where the cycle equipment were placed. The day tour was very easy to complete (even for the unexperienced), as the landscape in Ireland is very flat, compared to our own country. We cycled to Malin Head and back again to Cardonagh, all together a distance of 47 km. We had lunch outside at a pub where sea food were served.
All necessary equipment (cycles, yellow rain jackets, bottle of water etc) were provided by Cycle Inishowen.
I will absolutely recommend this activity! 🙂
Visited July 2013