From brutally rugged coastal landscapes and cliff’s carved by 20 meter waves to challenging and remote mountain back roads that never leave one’s memories is only part of the deal.
From north to south the landscape never ceases to change, sometimes radically from the rugged Donegal coast, the magically mythical mountain views of the Connemara National Park to the unique limestone scenery of the Burren in County Sligo and brooding harsh mountainscapes of Kerry, but again this is just another part of the incredible journey.
Riding a motorcycle of any shape or form is one of the most amazing ways to see our world before it’s all flushed down the corporate toilet.
Modern life trains us as tourists to see more and spend more in the fastest way possible, I’d urge you to take a breath and slow down for the Wild Atlantic Way.
As a motorcyclist you will have many more opportunities than cars to pull across the road to enjoy the views and take photos.
Either way, be extra cautious, on these roads speed and inattention WILL be the major factor in traffic accidents.
It was specifically for this reason that I choose soft 30ltr panniers for riding Irelands west coast, rural and mountain roads.
Because of this I’ve found it safer to give myself a little more braking space between me and the car ahead in case they slow quickly (driver hits wrong gear) when you least expect it.
Irelands west coast is one of Europes few bastions of wild, unspoilt areas full of ancient history and tradition left in western Europe, the Alps, Pyrenees, Picos, Northern Scotland and Scandinavia being its only real rivals.
But unlike anywhere else, you’re as likely to enjoy it just as much on the back of a simple moped as you are on a 1200GS Adventure.
On these very narrow roads you will often come around a blind corner only to face a coach taking up the whole bloody road.
Most Irish coach drivers are well used to these roads, are sympathetic to cyclists and bikers alike and drive accordingly.
The 2,500 km (1553 miles) driving route passes through nine counties and three provinces, stretching from County Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula to the southern town of Kinsale in County Cork on the coast of the Celtic Sea.