IRELAND END-TO-END CYCLE TOUR 2010
Day 12: Today was the big one - we made it to Malin Head! It was only 25 miles on from Buncrana, so a nice easy morning cycle. And what a way to finish! Apart from the occasional village, it was just extremely remote green landscape - occasionally farmland, sometimes sparse moorland. We knew we were getting close to Ireland’s most northerly point when we started seeing the sea on both sides of us, as the land got narrower. It felt very similar to John O’Groats, which we’d cycled to from Land’s End two years previous, and while this cycle wasn’t anywhere near as long, it still felt like a decent achievement considering we weren’t sure that we’d be able to even start the trip two weeks previously.
There wasn’t much at Malin Head, apart from a Napoleonic watchtower, and a few more recent tower-like buildings. There weren’t many people around either, but we stood taking in the rugged coastline for a while until a few people arrived who we asked to take a photo. I hear that one of the recent Star Wars films had some scenes filmed here, so I bet it attracts more tourists now! Eagle-eyed Instagrammers might notice that we’ve got no panniers… We’d left them at the hostel in Buncrana, as we had to cycle back through there later anyway, so we thought we might as well pick them up then.
Other highlights included: Cows on the beach! A small sheep tied up to a brick in someone’s front garden!
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