Cycling the The Wild Atlantic Way and Western Ireland (Paperback)

6 Cycle Tours Along Ireland's West Coast

By Tom Cooper

Cicerone Press Limited, 9781852849092, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 2018

List Price: 24.95*
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Description

Boasting deserted beaches, towering sea-cliffs and tiny harbours - not to mention rich cultural and historical interest - the west of Ireland has much to entice the visitor, and with many miles of quiet roads, it's a cyclist's paradise. The Wild Atlantic Way is a driving route along Ireland's Atlantic seaboard, covering over 2,350km of coastline and showcasing the region's breathtaking landscapes. This guide adapts the route for cyclists - and throws in a couple of other highlights (such as the Aran Islands and Killarney) for good measure.

Since relatively few people are likely to have seven weeks to spare for a full Wild Atlantic Way tour, the book presents six self-contained cycle tours, each offering 7-10 days of riding. For the full Wild Atlantic Way experience, these distinct routes can be linked together into a 44-stage trip from Derry/Londonderry to Cork. Each route includes detailed advice on accommodation and facilities, plus optional detours and shortcuts and points of interest. The routes themselves are presented as 'route cards': ideal for use with a cycle computer, these pages provide 'at a glance' information for when you're on the road, covering navigation, facilities and local highlights.

The guide covers all the practicalities - including transport, equipment and general tips on cycling in Ireland - and also offers background information on geology, plants and wildlife, history and culture to enhance your journey. The result is an ideal companion to discovering western Ireland, where magnificent scenery, a vibrant music scene and a warm Irish welcome await the turn of your pedals.



About the Author

When Tom Cooper decided to explore Ireland by bike, he couldn't find the guide book he wanted. So he set out to write this one to inspire and help cyclists to enjoy cycle touring in Ireland as much as he does. Tom has worked as a journalist and editor for newspapers in both England and Australia.