The Wild Atlantic Day

The Wild Atlantic Way is fast becoming Ireland’s most recognized brand and most talked-about and travelled roadway. Have no doubt, The Wild Atlantic Way will become Ireland’s rite of passage destination for a huge number of visitors in much the same way as Route 66 or the Camino De Santiago. And why wouldn’t it? A roadway, a people, a culture, a history and a landscape so unique standing proudly on the very edge of Europe, battling against the powerful and wild Atlantic Ocean. Stretching 2,500km from Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula all the way to Kinsale in County Cork, The Wild Atlantic Way takes you to the very heart of what it is to be Irish. Winding through the small farming towns and fishing villages, you will meet breath-taking scenery and adventure around every corner – none more so than here in County Clare.

At West Coast Cycle Tours, we are very excited about our flagship tour, The Wild Atlantic Day! Taking our groups through the stunning Burren landscape, we hike Mullaghmore, visit Fr. Ted’s House, explore Ireland’s oldest working perfumery and discover the iconic portal tomb, Poulnabrone. Here you will learn about the myths surrounding the tomb and the more haunting facts.

A downhill cycle towards Ballyvaughan presents you with your first view of the sea at Galway Bay and brings you closer to one of the highlights of the Burren National Park. The Ailwee Caves and Birds of Prey Show are simply unmissable!! The sight of Boo, the Peregrine Falcon, swooping down at breakneck speeds, talons ready to strike and catch its ‘prey’ is absolutely incredible! Gasps, laughter and applause are the main sounds to be heard at these flight displays.

Are they stalagmites or stalactites? The Ailwee Caves Tour will tell you!

Are they stalagmites or stalactites? The Ailwee Caves in Ballyvaughan

Next, we turn our attentions away from the Burren’s harsh and moonlike landscape to the rugged and stunning Wild Atlantic Way! With the sea to your right you will cycle south towards Fanore and eventually Doolin. Taking the gentle sweep left at Black Head Lighthouse, you will get your first view of the Aran Islands – Inis Oirr (Inisheer), Inis Meain (Inishmaan) and Inis Mór (Inishmore). On a calm summer’s day there really is nothing like it! It’s the kind of view that really does stop you in your tracks…

Black Head Lighthouse along Clare's Wild Atlantic Way

Black Head Lighthouse along Clare’s Wild Atlantic Way

Later on, after lunch in the picturesque Doolin Village, the group take on the jaw-dropping Cliffs Of Moher. At 214 metres at their highest point, they stand proud and strong against the powerful Atlantic Ocean below. With over 1,000,000 visitors last year, the Cliffs Of Moher in County Clare are arguably the highlight of the 2,500km of The Wild Atlantic Way! With West Coast Cycle Tours you will get the chance to see the sun go down over the Atlantic from the iconic Cliffs Of Moher. And to finish the day, why not stop for a drink in the bustling seaside town of Lahinch? You can use the time to swap stories from the day or upload your pictures online to make your friends jealous!

Support Vehicle on the Wild Atlantic Way with West Coast Cycle Tours

Be happy, there’s a support vehicle for your cycle tour!

With a support vehicle on call at all times during the day, no cyclist will get lost, run out of water / food or find themselves stranded. It’s a tour that all cyclists (regardless of their level) can enjoy! And given all that you will see, learn, taste and experience, you are guaranteed an unforgettable Wild Atlantic Day! It will live up to and exceed all your expectations!

– Enda (January 2015)

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