Cycling the Causeway Coastal Route
So far we’ve been cycling in Ireland for about 30 days, taking us from Rosslare to Killarney and then following the Wild Atlantic Way up to Northern Ireland. We saw astoundingly high cliffs, camped in a football stadium and made a few shortcuts. It’s day 30 of 34, and we are on the final countdown to needing to be in Liverpool for my brothers wedding!
The Causeway Coastal Route
We started the Causeway route after Londonderry and followed it all the way to Belfast. Having a sign posted route makes such a difference to how fast we could go. The only hairy bit was going across the Foyle river in Londonderry on the A452 and then having to follow the A2 for about an hour until we could get off it again. It was the only direct option, and was quite spacious so we decided to grit our teeth and get on with it. I would not recommend that again though.
From Londonderry we followed the Causeway coastal route north and decided to cut away from it late afternoon to try and find a river near Binevenagh, a large mountain with views of the coast. We failed to find a river, but did find Tamlaghtard church on the edge of the ridgeline which had an outside tap. We camped and enjoyed the view, with sunbeams hitting the landscape before us.
We cycled on towards Dunluce Castle, a now ruined medieval castle once home to Clan McDonnell. We decided not to stop and push on towards Belfast in order to be in plenty of time for the next ferry.
From Dunluce Castle we carried on to the Giant’s Causeway, it would be crazy to do the Causeway Coastal Route and miss it. It was great tp see the caiseway after seeing so many great photos of it but similar to the Cliffs of Moher, it was too touristy for me.
The final section of the Causeway route followed hugged the sea and so was incredibly flat. We had the sea constantly at our side. This stretch continued for over 30 miles and made for fun cycling around the headlands.
The final day in Ireland we decided to relax and do a day cycle 20 miles up and down the flat coastal road to tip the Ireland total mileage to 1500 miles. We bumped into a friendly englishman who took our photo and told us he had caught the ferry to Belfast from Scotland. Maybe a future tour would be to cycle up the west coast of England, Wales and Scotland to Cairnryan, catch the ferry to Belfast and come back down Ireland’s East Coast.
Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without a last minute puncture en route to the ferry. We could see the ferry sticking out from behind the harbour buildings so I gave Thomas most of my panniers and pushed the bike the rest of the way. I fixed it in the dry inside the foot passenger waiting room.
Day 34 of 34 and we are Liverpool ready for the wedding in a few days. It was a miserable day in Liverpool when we arrived, so we hopped on a train to a town near the venue and then followed the canal to a campsite where we met up with our parents.
Next up, the wedding and a quick breather in the Peak District before once again setting off, this time to the Baltic Sea!