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The irish Wild Atlantic Way challenge

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The irish Wild Atlantic Way challenge

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.

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Complete the WAW route hiking,cycling, biking or driving. Show at least photos of yourself at the extreme ends of the route.

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What else is there
IIf you go to Ireland you need to experience it’s pub culture. They often used to be the only point in town besides the church where people could meet up. Many Irish pubs, especially in the west, still maintain the ancient tradition of “entertaining yourself and others”. So go for a pint and a chat in a pub and you may well be surrounded by traditional musicians, especially on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and even Sunday afternoons during the summer in the touristy towns.

There is so much to discover along the way and you can follow our links to see more detailed information. We do want to mention however, especially for hikers, the highest and most dangerous mountain in Ireland called Carrauntoohil located in Kerry along the route, another Mostpoint. Just like Malin Head (North), Mizen Head (Southwest) and Dunmore Head (Westernmost point))
Also along the WAW there's the famous pilgrim holy mountain of Croagh Patrick in Mayo. This hike is difficult at the best of times while the true believers and challenge seekers take on this test of endurance barefoot . It used to be part of the Santiago de Compostela route also called The Way of St James.

Be prepared for the cold and wind as high winds can blow here all year long. Also make sure your gear and luggage is waterproof. When it rains it can really rain . Pack gear to wild camp if that is what you prefer. There are plenty of suitable places along the route. If you’re not camping you better book in advance in busy periods. The best time to ride this route is from late March to mid June and September to mid November. July and August are good as well but far busier. It’s also possible to ride it from December to March as snow is rare along the coast, but there are some great routes through the mountain regions which can easily be off limits due to snow or ice and some heavy Atlantic storms may blow in which means that some small roads closer to the sea can simply disappear.

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