Mizen to Malin

N.B. This page has the routes as they were planned, and not necessarily as they were executed!  For the actual routes ridden, see the route links in the daily write ups for the Irish trip.

The distances and stopping points for this trip have changed after a realisation that it is going to take all day to drive to Mizen Head, but the route has remained basically unchanged. The idea is to try and do the trip in four days, but with the option of spreading it to five if conditions are adverse.

Day 0: Travel

Drive to Co.Cork from Belfast to stay near Mizen Head

Day 1: Mizen Head to Tralee

A ‘short’ day to start with, being only 87 miles! I have changed this route again, to take in Killarney National Park. Route details


Day 2: Tralee to Athenry (near Galway)

Hopefully a scenic day, taking in the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. 106 miles Route details

Day 3: Athenry to Ballyshannon

The biggest day in terms of distance, but with no big hills, not too exhausting, I hope. 113 miles Route details

Day 4: Ballyshannon to Malin Head

A mere 91 miles to cover today en route to Ireland’s most northerly point. I am already thinking about a celebratory meal in the Culdaff Arms! Route details

Original planned route

Day 1: Mizen to Kenmare (46 miles)

Drive down to Mizen Head from Belfast. One 3.5 mile climb on the way to Kenmare to test the legs. Route details

Day 2: Kenmare to Kilrush (80 miles)

A 6 mile climb to start the day as I head North to the east of Macgillicuddy Reeks. Through Killarney and Tralee before heading for the Tarbert ferry and crossing the Shannon, before pitching up for the night at Kilrush. Route details

Day 3: Kilrush to Athenry (68 miles)

Today’s route takes in the cliffs of Moher before turning inland and passing through the Burren National Park on the way to Athenry. Route details

Day 4: Athenry to Sligo (86 miles)

No big hills today for a change, as I stay off main roads as much as possible on the way to overnight at Sligo. Route details

Day 5: Sligo to Letterkenny (75 miles)

I can almost smell Northern Ireland on part of today’s route. Weather permitting, there should be some fantastic views West to Glenveagh National Park. Route details

Day 6: Letterkenny to Malin Head (49 miles)

It’s the last leg, but hopefully I won’t be on mine as I take on a 6 mile climb out of Buncrana on the way to my finishing point at Malin Head. Last time I was there, the rain was horizontal. Fingers crossed, then, for an improvement… Route details