Mizen to Malin Madness
Join Us. This Summer from 30th July to 8th August
Following everyone’s incredible generosity last summer in which over €10k was raised for Breakthrough Cancer Research with an 800km ride from Naas to Bristol and back, the plan this year is to go further and go bigger! And this time, we need your support on the road too.
15-20 of us, with very mixed levels of cycling experience, will be cycling from Mizen Head to Malin Head from 30th July to 8th August 2021, via a mainly coastal route. The route will take in much of the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, and will be around 1500km in total!
Potential highlights along the way
We’ll be raising money for an important charity in Breakthrough Cancer Research. At the same time we’ll be taking in some of the most spectacular natural sites that Ireland has to offer. So if you’ve been dying to see the best of The West, what a fantastic opportunity – too good to miss.
We’ll work out the ideal route between us once we know who’s in, but for now here’s a selection of what may be on offer.
Our start point at Malin Head.
Km Zero. The most South-Westerly point of Ireland. If you head out to sea it’s next stop New York, but we’ll be heading the other way.
The Dingle Peninsula
Sadly one of Dingle’s most famous residents, Fungi the dolphin, has swum away to pastures new, but the stunning Dingle Peninsula offers many beautiful natural and ancient views. The Gallarus Oratory is well worth a visit and may even offer shelter from the rain if need be.
The Cliffs of Moher
Arguably the highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs of Moher are striking sea cliffs on the edge of The Burren. Whatever the weather, they are an incredible sight.
We’ll arrive at Croagh Patrick roughly a week after Reek Sunday when 1,000s of pilgrims walk to the summit for Mass, climbing over 750m from sea level, and many in the traditional bare feet.
If we’re making good time, perhaps we could fit in a stroll ourselves … Tim has offered to look after the bikes in the cafe at the bottom.
Father Ted Pilgrimage
The Burren in County Clare is a unique rocky landscape and an essential part of the Wild Atlantic Way. We’ll decide the precise route between us in advance, but for the ardent Father Ted fans, we might even be able to take photographs in front of the Craggy Island Parochial House.
An ancient monastic site, we’re unlikely to get the (very rough) boat trip out to circle the islands, but we’ll see them from the coast.
Home now to thousands of sea birds and for a brief while in the mid-2010’s to Disney while they filmed the Jedi temple scenes in the recent Star Wars trilogy.
Kilometer 1500. We’ll have made it at this point. The most northerly point in all of Ireland