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!

Helpful Resources on Ireland and Cycling

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

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.

Route Map of MizMal The Ireland End to End 7 Day Cycle Tour

Cycle Ireland End to End Route Map

Route Map of MizMal The Ireland End to End 12 Day Cycle Tour

Ireland End to End Route Map

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Mizen to Malin Cycle Tour (8) - Tour
Mizen to Malin Cycle Tour (8)
£ 1,365
7 Nights 8 Days
01 Jun 2024, 06 Jul 2024, 10 Aug 2024, and more
Mizen Head to Malin Head
142 km • 1,290 meters • daily average
Mizen to Malin Cycle Tour (8)
£ 1,365
Our Mizen to Malin cycle tour is a legendary journey across the length of Ireland, spanning approximately 920 km from the southernmost point to the northernmost point of the island. This epic cycle tour takes you through some of Ireland's most breath-taking landscapes, charming towns, and historic sites. Expect great music and apres bike banter in the pub! Wild Atlantic Cycling is based in Ireland! The only Irish company successfully running the Ireland End-to-End! Mizen to Malin 8 Day Cycle Tour Route Map 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. This Ireland End-to-End is suitable for the AVID Rider (Find out if you are an AVID or ACTIVE style of rider here). It 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. 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. 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. read more read less
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Mizen to Malin Cycle Tour (13) - Tour
Mizen to Malin Cycle Tour (13)
£ 2,220
12 Nights 13 Days
20 Jul 2024, 24 Aug 2024, 21 Jun 2025, and more
Mizen Head to Malin Head
80 km • 725 meters • daily average
Mizen to Malin Cycle Tour (13)
£ 2,220
Our Mizen to Malin 13 day cycle tour is an unforgettable adventure by bike. The journey starts at Ireland’s most south-westerly point and finishes at its most northerly - a distance of approximately 960km. This inspiring and unique journey takes you through breath-taking landscapes and quintessential towns. Wild Atlantic Cycling is based in Ireland! The only Irish company successfully running the Ireland End-to-End! (Contact us if you would like to discuss doing this tour self-supported)  Mizen to Malin 13 Day Cycle Tour Route Map 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 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. Distance, Climbing & Elevation The total distance is 957 km with 8,682 meters of climbing. The average daily distance is 80 km with 724 meters of climbing. Price The price is £2,220 Per Person Sharing. Some single rooms are available for an additional supplement of £570. 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.