Cycling the Atlantic coast of Europe from north to south during the summer of 2017. View the archive, the route so far, or donate to MSF.

Malin Head

By Stuart Lowe on

First trip this morning was to the Post Office to get a new passport. This one is for the Wild Atlantic Way and let's you collect stamps from places along it. You get a certificate if you complete it.

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A new passport

At Greencastle there was a planetarium but the next show was two hours away so I rode on. There was a pointless out and back to a little lighthouse and beach then a steep hill to climb. It was very steep ups and downs for the next few miles. I was offered a tow up one but politely declined the offer despite my lack of gears.

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Green castle at Greencastle

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Magilligan point view

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Looking north

Late in the afternoon I reached Malin Head which is the most northerly point in mainland Ireland. There I met Jenny and Claire who had cycled from Mizen Head - Ireland's most southerly point - over the past two weeks.

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Northernmost point in Ireland

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Jenny and Claire

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Heading southwards

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Encouragement

I ended up staying at the hostel near Malin Head so got to chat with them a bit more about their trip. I also had a long conversation with Lucy, a PE teacher from the USA, who has been coming here for years. Later in the evening I chatted to Veronique, a French lady, who was visiting Ireland with her family. She really wanted to see the northern lights and was sad when I said the forecasts (aurora and weather) weren't good. I found myself explaining how the aurora are formed into the night.