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The Route

For those of you curious to know more, here's the route. It took in the furthest points of East, North, West, and South along the way: Birr Point, Malin Head, Slea Head, and Baltimore, respectively. Those amongst you with knowledge of Ireland's west coast (or particularly eagle eyes) will work out that this mapping tool that I used to get the image doesn't know about the Killimer - Tarbert ferry across the Shannon, which I used, of course - I didn't unnecessary miles to go via Limerick!

The real cartographic anoraks amongst you can scroll below the map for the original table of target mileage, road numbers, and town names.

It was subject to adjustment along the way, but this was the originally intended route and schedule:

Place
Road
Mileage
Daily Total
Cumulative Total
Date
Dun Laoghaire
Stena HSS..!!
     
Dublin
N31, R118, R131
7.0
     
Balbriggan
R132
19.5
Drogheda
R132
9.9
Dundalk
R132
21.7
Newry
A1
12.4
Warrenpoint
A2
6.8
77.5
77.5
Sat 24/3
Kilkeel
A2
11.8
Newcastle
A2
11.8
Downpatrick
A2, A25
12.4
Strangford
A25
8.1
Portaferry
Ferry
0.0
Birr Point
A2
10.6
Donaghadee
A2
11.8
Bangor
A2, B20
6.8
Belfast
A2
12.4
Carrickfergus
A2
9.5
95.2
172.7
Sun 25/3
Whitehead
A2
5.5
Larne
A2
9.5
Ballycastle
A2
39.8
Giants Causeway/Bushmills
A2, B146
12.4
67.2
239.9
Mon 26/3
Coleraine
B17
8.1
Magilligan
A2
7.5
Magilligan Point
B202
1.9
Greencastle
Ferry
0.0
Malin
R238, R243, R242
15.5
Malin Head
R242
9.3
Malin
R242
9.3
Buncrana
R238, R244, R238
15.5
Burnfoot
R238
6.8
73.9
313.8
Tue 27/3
Letterkenny
N13, N14
17.4
Cloghaneely
N56
32.3
Dunglow
N56
18.0
Maas
N56
12.4
80.2
394.0
Wed 28/3
Ardara
R261
8.7
Glencolumbkille
Minor
16.2
Kilcar
R263
8.7
Killybegs
R263
7.5
Donegal
N56
16.2
Bundoran
N15
16.8
73.9
467.9
Thu 29/3
Sligo
N15
21.7
Ballysadare
N4
5.0
Ballina
N59
31.7
Crossmolina
N59
7.5
65.9
533.8
Fri 30/3
Newport
R315, R316, R312, R317
21.7
Westport
N59
7.5
Leenane
N59
19.3
Clifden
N59
18.0
Roundstone
R341
14.3
80.8
614.6
Sat 31/3
Toombega
R341
4.3
Cashel
R342
5.0
Glencoff
Minor
7.5
Costelloe
R336
9.3
Spiddal
R336
12.4
Galway
R336
11.2
Kinvarra
R338, N18, N67
18.0
Ballyvaughan
N67
12.4
80.2
694.7
Sun 1/4
Doolin
R477, R479
18.6
Lahinch
R479, R478
14.3
Creegh
N67, R483
16.2
Kilrush
R483
8.7
Killimer
N67
5.6
Tarbert
Ferry
0.0
Ballybunnion
R551
15.5
78.9
773.7
Mon 2/4
Tralee
R551, R556
19.3
Camp
N86
8.1
Dingle
R560, Minor
20.5
Dunquin
R559
13.0
Dingle
R559
15.5
76.4
850.1
Tue 3/4
Anascaul
N86
11.2
Castlemaine
R561
17.4
Muckross
N70, R563, N72, N71
15.5
Kenmare
N71
18.0
Lauragh
R571, R573
16.8
78.9
929.0
Wed 4/4
Eyeries
R571
11.2
Allihies
R575
9.3
Castletownbere
R572
11.8
Glengarriff
R572
19.9
52.2
981.2
Thu 5/4
Bantry
N71
10.6
Ballydehob
N71
9.9
Skibbereen
N71
9.9
Baltimore
R595
8.1
Union Hall
R595, R596, Minor
14.9
Glandore
R597
1.2
Roscarbery
R597
5.0
Clonakilty
N71
8.1
Timoleague
R600
6.2
73.9
1055.1
Fri 6/4
Kinsale
R600
14.3
Carrigaline
R611
13.0
Passage West
R610
5.0
Cobh
Ferry
0.0
Carrigtohill
R624
5.0
Ladysbridge
N25, R632
11.2
Youghal
R663
12.4
60.9
1116.0
Sat 7/4
Dungarvan
N25
18.0
Tramore
R675
25.5
Passage East
R685, R684, R683
15.5
Arthurstown
Ferry
0.0
Wellingtonbridge
R733
8.7
Wexford
R733
14.3
82.0
1198.1
Mon 8/4
Gorey
R741, R742
29.8
Arklow
N11, R772
10.6
Wicklow
R750
15.5
Greystones
R750, R761
13.7
Dun Laoghaire
R761, R119
12.0
81.6
1279.6
Tue 9/4