Ireland Cycle Tours: An Overview

Ireland has a rich and varied landscape! The west coast can be wild and rugged with awe-inspiring views. The terrain can be hilly, but the rewards are second to none. Ireland is quickly becoming a cycling nation. The Irish Sports Council recently reported that over 2 million people cycle regularly. At weekends, roads and trails are often buzzing with leisure cyclists out enjoying the local riding and of course the coffee and pub stops!

Roads are plentiful - almost 100,000 kilometres of them! Roads aren’t generally choked with cars and it's easy to get off the beaten track for some peace and quiet. Ireland is one of the least densely populated countries in Europe. The cycling infrastructure is constantly improving and with peaceful roads a cycling holiday in Ireland will leave you with fond and lasting positive memories.

We worked with our friends from Epic Road Rides to put together a comprehensive guide to cycling the Ireland End-to-End (MizMal) and the Wild Atlantic Way. No other tour company knows Ireland like we do!

Mizen to Malin (MizMal) - the Original Ireland End-to-End

Join us from Mizen Head to Malin Head, the Ireland End to End (MizMal) with Wild Atlantic Cycling. This  is the Irish equivalent of Britain’s Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG), but with rugged coastline, Irish music, unique landscapes and lively pubs. Mizen to Malin to really is something special.

Our End-to-End route takes in much of Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way and is geared towards intermediate and experienced road cyclists. Our Mizen to Malin cycle route of Ireland's west coast has become one of the Must Do cycling holidays of Europe! Mizen to Malin was featured in the Guardian Bike Blog in July 2017.

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Cycle Ireland Mizen to Malin (7 Cycling Days) - Tour
Cycle Ireland Mizen to Malin (7 Cycling Days)
£ 1,365
7 Nights 8 Days
29 Apr 2023, 03 Jun 2023, 08 Jul 2023, and more
Cork International Hotel, Cork Airport
Cycle Ireland Mizen to Malin (7 Cycling Days)
£ 1,365
Overview of the Ireland End-to-End Cycle Tour (MizMal) From Mizen Head to Malin Head in 7 Cycling Days Suitable for the 'Avid' Rider.  The west coast of Ireland is rich in awe-inspiring landscapes, fascinating characters and foot-tapping music. Cycling Ireland End to End from the most southerly point to the most northerly will leave you with rich memories, new friends and a thirst for more! There is no better way to explore the wild beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way from Mizen Head to Malin Head than from the saddle. The grandeur of the Cork and Kerry mountains. The warmth and joy of a night in a Galway pub. The lunar like landscape of the Burren. The packed mountain ranges dominating the horizon of the Connemara National Park. The giant Sea Loughs of the Inishowen Peninsula. Your end-to-end journey of seven days has a breath-taking finish on the rocky promontory of Malin Head. If you prefer something with shorter daily distance, then we'd love to see you on the 12-day version of the Ireland End to End. Level of Difficulty This Ireland End-to-End AVID Tours is a challenging tour with some longer days in the saddle. Days vary, but generally the route has some climbs of medium difficulty and a few which are challenging. You will most likely need to train for the event and ensure you are fit enough to complete the distance and climbing.  This Ireland MizMal cycle tour is suitable for our AVID Riders. Find out if you are an AVID or ACTIVE style of rider here. Mizen to Malin Distance, Climbing & Elevation The total distance is 925 km with 8,550 meters of climbing. Our last day is shorter (67 km) to give time for packing and the journey back to Belfast, however it does include the iconic Irish climb of Mamore Gap (yikes!). The first six days are representative of the average distance and elevation in general - 142 km and 1,290 metres of climbing  Price The price is £1,365 per person sharing. Some single rooms are available for an additional supplement of £332. Route Map of the Ireland End to End AVID Cycle Tour MizMal Route and GPX Files All our cycle tours are supported with GPX files of the entire route. These start at the door of the hotel you are leaving and finish right at your finish hotel. The GPX route files for your Ireland End to End cycle tour will be sent well in advance for you to check uploading to your bike computer. Any revisions will be resent.  read more read less
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Cycle Ireland Mizen to Malin (12 Cycling Days) - Tour
Cycle Ireland Mizen to Malin (12 Cycling Days)
£ 2,220
12 Nights 13 Days
13 May 2023, 17 Jun 2023, 22 Jul 2023, and more
Hotel in Cork
Cycle Ireland Mizen to Malin (12 Cycling Days)
£ 2,220
Cycle Ireland End to End - Mizen to Malin (MizMal) Fully Supported Cycle Tour of Ireland From Mizen Head to Malin Head in 12 Cycling Days Suitable for the 'Active' rider.  The west coast of Ireland is rich in awe-inspiring landscapes, fascinating characters and foot-tapping music. Cycling Ireland End to End from the most southerly point to the most northerly will leave you with rich memories, new friends and a thirst for more! There is no better way to explore the wild beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way than from the saddle. The grandeur of the Cork and Kerry mountains. The warmth and joy of a night in a Galway pub. The lunar like landscape of the Burren. The packed mountain ranges dominating the horizon of the Connemara National Park. The giant Sea Loughs of the Inishowen Peninsula. Your Ireland end-to-end journey of 12 days has a breath-taking finish on the rocky promontory of Malin Head. If you prefer something with longer daily distance, then think about the 7-Day version of the Ireland End to End. Price - £2,220 Per Person Sharing. Some single rooms are available for an additional supplement of £570. I'm interested! Please send me a brochure! read more read less
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What to Expect on a Cycling Holiday in Ireland

Landscapes when Cycling Touring in Ireland

Ireland has some stunningly beautiful scenery, from quiet rolling countryside to the more challenging mountainous areas in the south and the peninsulas of the south-west. The Wild Atlantic Way is especially attractive as one of the longest sign-posted routes in Europe! Major trunk roads can be busy in the peak seasons, however the minor roads are generally quiet unless you are close to the more touristy areas. Outside the midlands, there are hills just about everywhere, and those on the back roads can have thigh-burning grades. Road engineering is often, well, not very engineered -- instead of having switchbacks on a steep slope, roads often climb by the most direct route.

Ireland Airports

The main airports are Dublin (east), Cork (south), Shannon (west) and Belfast (north). On our Ireland End-to-End cycle trips Cork Airport is our convenient meeting point. We also provide transfers from Dublin airport. 

Weather in Ireland

Anyone cycling in Ireland should be prepared for two inevitable obstacles: wind and hills! The climate is generally mild but due to it's position can pick up the full force of the incoming fronts rolling in from the Atlantic.

The best time for a cycle tour in Ireland is generally from May to October. During this period you’ll find most attractions and restaurants open and the best chances for warmer weather. However, this also corresponds with the busiest time along the designated routes such as the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route in western Ireland. Further detail on our Mizen to Malin tours primarily on the Wild Atlantic Way can be found here in the Tours section below.

April, early May, late September, or October are quieter and avoid most holidays, festivals, special events, and school breaks.

Food and Drink on Your Cycle Tour of Ireland

The Irish value hospitality, and generous portions of food are common at home and in restaurants. Expect cooking styles that are associated with the island of Ireland. It has evolved from centuries of social and political change and the mixing of different cultures, predominantly with those from nearby Britain and other European regions. The cuisine is founded upon the crops and animals farmed in its temperate climate and the abundance of fresh fish and seafood from the surrounding waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Chowder, for example, is popular around the coasts.

A large breakfast was traditionally eaten in rural Ireland and is still often available at most hotels on the island. Although lighter more 'continental' styles are also on offer. Traditional 'Full Irish' breakfast may include soda bread, pancakes, porridge, eggs, and various meat products.