Could you recommend some cycling routes along the Wild Atlantic Way?

Could you recommend some cycling routes along the Wild Atlantic Way?

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So many! You’ve picked a great part of the island of Ireland for a cycling trip. Whether you take regular cycling holidays or just want some fun cycling routes with great scenery, the Wild Atlantic Way has something for everyone. The counties of Mayo, Galway and Kerry in particular have some of our favourite cycling routes.

Built for both avid cyclists and walking adventurers, the Great Western Greenway meanders through some of County Mayo’s most stunning scenery. From the historic highlights of Westport town to the natural beauty of Achill Island, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way truly flourishes in the idyllic landscapes of County Mayo. Top Tip: There is a free shuttle service available at different points along the Greenway so you can take a breather if you need!

For more advanced cycling enthusiasts there are longer routes along the Wild Atlantic Way with jaw-dropping scenery. The Connemara Ring in Connemara National Park in County Galway is a great choice. Along the route you’re sure to see some mountain scenery and Kylemore Abbey is another popular stopping point due to its historic beauty. Covering around 150km this route follows mainly country roads and can be broken down into smaller loops covered over a number of days.

Looking for a route with varying landscapes and views? The loop from Dunquin Harbour to the Blasket Islands stretches around 160km and loops through picturesque villages and mountain views, ending on the coast at Dunquin Pier. Top Tip: Loading bikes onto Irish trains is free but you need to get a ticket from the railway company website to reserve a bicycle seat - these can only be booked online!

Do any of our community members have any other advice for cyclists exploring Ireland?


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