Tommy Barker, Cork man and Irish Examiner writer, came up to Inishowen earlier this year to check out our section of the Wild Atlantic Way. Him and his lovely wife Mary were having a great time being tourists in their own country, and you can read the whole fun piece on their trip on the Irish Examiner website. They joined Blaise for a quick spin around Malin Head; read what Tommy thought of it below.

…“the people here are really lovely”… Case in point was Blaise Harvey, who we met as a guide on a cycle trip to Malin Head: as one half of Cycle Inishowen, she’s a locally-born passionate spokes-person and advocate for the untamed peninsula and its byways. With 24-gear Ridgeway hybrid bikes on offer (or bring your own and join their routes and groups) she and partner ‘Oggie’ Michael Ogden (he used to be a cycle courier in Manchester — another world away) they’ll do half-day, day, three-, five- and seven-day packages from €12 for a half day hire and reckon “Inishowen is Ireland in miniature”.
We wheeled away a few sunny hours among the contrast of thatched cottages and Met Eireann buildings, along bog-cotton strewn backroads to Malin Head and its 1805 signal tower. Here, there’s a Start/Finish line painted on the road to signal arrival/departure for those making destination Malin part of any physical challenge. Below the signal tower the word ‘Eire’ is marked out in large, painted white stones in a rock field — done to tell straying WW11 German planes to back off the fledgling republic’s land mass. And, you know you’re in Ireland, as ever since, visitors have made their own gestures, spelling out their names in painted stones on a smaller scale in the rock field falling away towards the sea.
Malin’s the first ‘Signature Point’ after Derry and “while lots of people won’t have the luxury of following the full route, chances are they’ll start out here and — hopefully with us,” says Blaise, who adds “there are definitely more people about than last year and I do feel it’s the start of the WAW effect. There have been a lot more touring cyclists than I have ever seen before and I think they are cycling the route, or selections from it.”