Lonely Planet Writer

Explore Ireland's spectacular Wild Atlantic Way by bike with a new 17-day cycling challenge

This September, there will be an entirely new way to explore Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way on two wheels.

A man cycles along the Wild Atlantic Way.
A man cycles along the Wild Atlantic Way. Image by Lukasz Warzecha/Tourism Ireland

The Wild Atlantic Way Cycling Sportif will be a bi-annual cycling event launching in September. Taking place over 17 days, the route will see cyclists explore the entire west coast of Ireland, from the Cork town of Kinsale all the way to Donegal, covering a distance of more than 2000 kilometres. If you don’t have enough vacation time to take, you have the option of completing one or more stages of the trip or even just joining for one day.

It will be the first multi-day sportif in Ireland and highlight the option to cycle along the route, which is more traditionally explored by tourists renting their own car. The events will take place in April and September for the next few years, allowing cyclists to explore the coast in the quieter off-season.

The event is organised by local specialists Wild Ride who will take care of logistics, accommodation and meals for all participants. Cycling Director Michael O’Boyle said it will be a fantastic way for cyclists to experience some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery.

“Our route stages were designed by cyclists for cyclists to create that wonderful experience which comes from the stunning scenery along the route, the remote wildness of the west coast, and the characters you meet along the way – there’s something about that combination that makes this event very special.”

Registration will open shortly online for all stages.