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Old 08-11-17, 06:51 AM   #1
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Wild Atlantic Way information sought

Planning on this as a trip next year. Starting in Kinsale Ireland and heading North.
1440 miles. Will be a mix of B&B and camping. The website is comprehensive just google Wild Atlantic Way. Can be done in stages although as I have taken early retirement I'm going to complete it over a few weeks.
Anyone completed some or all of it ? Am interested in best bits, things to avoid
and the definite must see parts. I think I know but am interested in others experience.
Thanks in advance, Bob.

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We rode lots of the Wild Atlantic Way in 2016. From Cork we went south to the coast and then more or less followed it clockwise to Malin Head. Kinsale is a start/end point of the WAW. If you head north from Kinsale it's my understanding that you won't be following the WAW, but my memory could be wrong. Plus, why would you want to ride through the most populous region of the country? We had no interest in Dublin or its environs.

We'd ride in Ireland again in a heartbeat. When we decided to not follow the WAW it was easy to ride secondary roads to get from town to town. The best accommodation deals we found were when hostels allowed camping. We'd save money camping but have full use of the common spaces in the hostel.

You can read more about our ride in Ireland starting here.

Highlights:
Dingle Peninsula - more traffic than we prefer but outstanding landscapes and a fun town
The Burren - unique landscape and little traffic
The Connemara - unbelievably beautiful

Disappointments:
Ring of Kerry - too much traffic
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WAW Clockwise

Hi and thanks for your helpful reply. Yes, I should have said clockwise from Kinsale. I have friends there and family in Galway so will follow the route avoiding the built up areas. Aim to take it steady and enjoy it as I have the time now.
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be sure to have plenty low gears there's lots of hills in Ireland ,campsites are plentyful 7 to 10 euro BnB 35 upwards mostly great food pubs are good for eating,the trick is to ask a local if your stuck for information .take your time take rain gear ,travel light 2 rear panniers barbag is plenty just pack wisely use slick tyres the roads are what we call heavy as in tarmac not so smooth but u dont need big tyres ,anyhooooo Bob enjoy the craic if you get the weather you certainly will enjoy ireland.
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Thank you

Thanks for this. I have toured Ireland on a motor bike and believe my cycle is going to work. Luckily I have family in Kinsale and Galway city. With a single front ring 38t and a dinner plate size bottom gear it should be fine.....I hope! If not I'll just walk a bit.
Many thanks for your comments. There are some I would not have considered and your experience is great to tap into. It will be fun.
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be sure to have plenty low gears there's lots of hills in Ireland ,campsites are plentyful 7 to 10 euro BnB 35 upwards mostly great food pubs are good for eating,the trick is to ask a local if your stuck for information .take your time take rain gear ,travel light 2 rear panniers barbag is plenty just pack wisely use slick tyres the roads are what we call heavy as in tarmac not so smooth but u dont need big tyres ,anyhooooo Bob enjoy the craic if you get the weather you certainly will enjoy ireland.
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Hi and yes I have trawled extensively including those sites mentioned. This forum seems to have all I will need and works very well. Only have to finalise the camp or B&B question. Warm showers.org is a contender. Just need to see what locations are available. Enjoying the research.
Many thanks for taking time to reply. Very much appreciated.
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