Ireland by bike: Kerry and West Cork

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Your dream cycling holiday

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Duration

8 days

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Duration

305Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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Level 3/5

Moderate, between 35 and 85 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 300 and 1000 meters.

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The starting point is the same as the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Killarney
Individual arrival in Killarney and hotel accommodation. If you have time in the afternoon, visit Ross Castle, a wonderful 16th-century residence, now restored, that overlooks Lough Leane. From here you can also rent a boat and row to the monastic site, located in one of the nearby islands. Ross Castle is located about 2.5 km from the city.

Day 2: Killarney – Kenmare (37 km)
The tour of Ireland by bike begins by following a cycle path, through the beautiful Muckross House park, within which is the Franciscan Abbey founded in the 15th century and now in ruins. Placed in an excellent location, it has a large yew tree that rises through the cloisters. After a walk around the famous Muckross Gardens, you will continue cycling, along a quiet path between two of Killarney's lakes, before returning to the main road. The long climb up to Molls Gap, will be rewarded with a delicious lunch at the restaurant and a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon, you will descend to the picturesque coastal town of Kenmare. If you feel like stretching your legs, you can choose from many longer options.

Day 3: Kenmare – Castletownbere (51 km)
Today you will follow the spectacular coastal road that hugs Kenmare Bay, with a wonderful view of the MacGillikuddy Reeks mountains, before stopping for lunch at a small pub on the bay. In the afternoon you can visit the nearby Dereen Gardens, with its wonderful variety of plants. Leaving the gardens, you will cycle westward, where you can visit the ancient circle of monoliths or explore the beautiful landscape and quiet secondary roads of Beara Way. The town of Castletownbere, where you will spend the next two nights, is located at the foot of the Cahas mountains and here you can see Ireland's largest white fish port.

Day 4: Circular tour Eyeries – Allihies (40 km)
Today you will follow a circular route that will take you to the Beara Peninsula, one of the highlights of the week, with its mountainous landscape and breathtaking coastal scenery. It starts by following the road to the village of Eyeries; from here, until the lunch break at Allihies, you can feel truly away from it all, in an unknown part of Ireland and far from the busiest tourist routes. After lunch, you will continue cycling around the peninsula, always accompanied by a beautiful sea view. You will also have the option to deviate from the main route, for a scenic bike ride at the crossing point for Dursey Island, which can be reached by taking the only cable car in Ireland. After this interesting detour, you will return to the main road and head to Castletownbere, passing the entrance to Dunboy Castle, which is worth a visit.

Day 5: Castletownbere – Sheep’s Head Peninsula (50 or 70 km)
Today's tour will take place along the coast of Bantry Bay, one of the lowest natural harbours in Europe. You will then cycle to the Sheep's Head Peninsula: this is one of the most remote places in Ireland, with fantastic views of the open ocean and landscape, giving you the feeling of being truly, on a small island on the edge of the Atlantic.

Day 6: Bantry – Gougane Barra (50 km)
Today you will head inland and cycle along quiet country roads, along fields dotted with cattle and sheep, before arriving at the refuge on Lake Gougane Barra, the first National Park of Ireland and the place where the river Lee originates. This beautiful and quiet place is the ideal place to spend the last night in the great outdoors, before returning to the hustle of the large metropolis of Killarney.

Day 7: Gougane Barra – Killarney (58 km)
On the last day of cycling you will cycle in the Coolea region, on quiet mountain roads, where you can feel like you're really far away from everything. You can stop for a cup of tea in Ireland’s largest pub, Creedons, before returning to Killarney, where you will spend your last night of the tour.

Day 8: Killarney
After breakfast, end of services and individual departure.

Included

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • GPS Tracks
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • Guide in support van on set departure dates with minimum of 8 people
  • 1 dinner (Gougane Barra)

Not included

  • APP
  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

Cancellation penalties

  • From 29 days before the departure date: refund of 50%
  • From 7 days before, the amount is non-refundable.

Ireland by bike: Kerry and West Cork

  • To reach the enchanting Beara Peninsula, with its wild nature and fairytale-like colors
  • To cycle through the green landscapes of the Sheep's Head Peninsula, one of the most remote places in Ireland
  • To reach Gougane Barra Park by bike, a natural paradise with a suggestive monastery on the lake
  • To travel the quiet roads of the Coolea region and stop to have a tea in the largest pub in Ireland
  • To discover Ireland by bike, cycling at your own pace and stopping whenever you want
  • To cycle through the most spectacular landscapes of Ireland by bike, among majestic lakes and the highest mountain range in the country

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I bring my own bike?

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  • How do I know if a tour is within my capabilities?

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  • What is the cost of renting bicycles?

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