Kick off your first day in the saddle from Kinsale westward to dramatic Old Head, a Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point where the 17th-century lighthouse still keeps watch over the crashing waves. Warm up the legs as you pedal over a few easy hills, taking in the already striking scenery of the Haven Coast for just a taste of what’s to come.
Keeping the Atlantic to your left, you’ll travel along the beautiful coast road through Timoleague, idyllic Courtmacsherry and the Seven Heads Peninsula.
It’s off down the back roads through inviting towns and villages toward Glandore, where the unspoilt waters of Glandore Harbour invite you to pause and enjoy lunch.
With just over 27km to go on your journey, take an easy spin through some of serene West Cork’s most rural areas to the finish line, where you can reward your first day’s journey with a hearty dinner in the vibrant riverside town of Skibbereen. Once your energy is restored, don’t miss the signal tower overlooking the harbour, where you can capture views of Skerkin Island and Cape Clear. Take a deep breath, rejoice in your achievement and enjoy the Wild Atlantic Way.
Note’s: Parking in Kinsale
There are four (4) main large car parks in Kinsale
Main Town Car Park, (pay and display) Pier Road, Kinsale Sat Nav: 51.7051609,-8.5221269
Church Square Car Park (Free), Church Square, Kinsale Sat Nav: 51.7062634,-8.5258832
Town Car Park (Free, closed summer months), Pier Road, Kinsale Sat Nav: 51.7042369,-8.5208339
New Road Car Park (Free), Kinsale Sat Nav: 51.7096994,-8.5197419. This car park is suitable for coaches, tour bus and motor-home parking.