Wild Atlantic Way (WAW)
With the wet, windy, wildness of our NC500 trip fading to pleasant memories, the time has come to set our sights on a new adventure. Sticking with the “close to home” theme, this summer we will make the short hop across the Irish Sea to travel at least part of the Wild Atlantic Way/Causeway Coast. With “wild” in the title we can hardly go wrong picking this one. A short search shows some spectacular scenery, wildlife and a huge host of “must do’s”.
Heading the top of our list is the infamous Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher and “The Dark Hedges” to name a few. Whilst our NC500 holiday was purely about riding, we are hoping to tap into a slightly gentler pace which will allow us to have a go at some of our other hobbies whilst travelling. We are hoping to find some picturesque mountains to amble up and the odd spot for some wild swimming!
Braving the notoriously inclement weather, we are aiming to camp this time round, which will no doubt add more significant challenges such as packing light and cooking on our small (but mighty!) stove.
So, the next step: Planning. For me, planning is crucial to a trip. I know many travellers who don’t plan, and prefer to “see where the journey takes them”, but when time is critical, planning becomes your friend. Not only does it ensure we hit all the “highlights” it really gets me geared up and excited! Our first step will be to decide which of the ferries we use to get us and the bikes across the sea. With the prices ranging from £50-£150pp each way, the decision will, in part be based on affordability, but also accessibility (from the terminals to home and to the start of the route!). From there, we will map out a rough day-to-day guide of mileage and key sights to see along the way, leaving a little leeway just in case we want to go where the wind takes us!