The irish Wild Atlantic Way challenge
The Wild Atlantic Way route or Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin, is a Mostpoint “Great Routes” challenge for bikers, cyclists, hikers and drivers. The WAW covers some 2,600 km (1,600 mi) of the coastline of Ireland which has a total length of 3,171 km (1,970 mi). The route offers incredibly spectacular Atlantic ocean views, green rolling hills, impressive mountains and mirror lakes, formidable cliffs with pounding up to 20 m waves, charming towns, castles and rugged islands.
It runs from Mizen Head in County Cork, the Southwesternmost point of the island, all the way up to Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula, in County Donegal. This is just a few km away from Banba’s Crown, the northernmost point of mainland Ireland.
Not only because it is claimed to be the longest defined coastal route in the world but also its many twists, turns, narrows and the ever-changing weather can pose a challenge to even the most experienced drivers. Driving at night, or in poor visibility, is not recommended for drivers unfamiliar with the road. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road. The WAW is an exhilarating driving experience, an incredible journey and most definitely an unforgettable Mostpoint challenge be it on foot, push bike or motorcycle. Discover the wild west of Ireland!
Most folks take on the challenge of the Wild Atlantic Way by hiking or cycling the route. It is also a bikers dream come true. Not many follow the whole either of the 2 WAW routes and there are also a number of smaller variations. One of the two is an easy route for car, camper vans and buses. The other one is the proper one that hugs the coastline which is the really tough one and can be insanely dangerous or impossible during Atlantic storms. A large part of this route is most definitely closed to coaches and “difficult” for any large vehicle due to the small roads. It takes a seasoned rider a solid 2 weeks to complete this route.