Bike the Ring of Kerry Ireland
Single / Double
Any start date April to end of September
A seven night, five centre, 5 days of cycling, self-guided bike ride in Ireland of the Ring of Kerry Coast in County Kerry. Starts and finishes in Killarney. 7 nights bed and breakfast in en-suite guesthouse accommodation, luggage transfer each day, hire of a hybrid touring bike with accessories and detailed tour notes and maps, telephone back-up and 24 hour emergency support throughout. We can arrange for this bike tour to start on any day of the week, using our exclusive luggage transfer service. PLEASE NOTE: The only meal included in tour price is breakfast.
This Kerry Coast bike ride takes you through some of the county's most outstanding scenery around the Ring of Kerry from Killarney. It is enhanced by the influence of both ancient folklore and local traditions. We begin our cycle along the banks of the river Laune and continue through the beautiful district of Caragh Lake to the seaside resort of Glenbeigh, which boasts miles of golden sands and rolling waves. The next stage provides panoramic views of Dingle Bay and the island studded Atlantic ocean, passing through the market town of Caherciveen and into the small picturesque fishing village of Portmagee. We cycle around Valentia Island with its unique scenic beauty and tropical vegetation en-route to Waterville. This is our longest cycle day as we go through the Coomakista Pass with great views of Kenmare and the Atlantic Ocean. You can stop for lunch in Derrynane House (the home of Daniel O'Connell, the Irish Liberator) and then it's on to the award winning village of Sneem. The final day’s route continues inland to Molls Gap and through Killarney National Park, to finish back at Killarney Town. This is a cycle trip you will never forget!
You are free to choose your own routes, between the accommodation, but you have the service of a back up van (a phone call away) if things go wrong (and to transfer your luggage). The average daily cycling distance is a comfortable 28 - 31 miles (45 - 49km). The tour starts and finishes in the beautiful town of Killarney, where we kit you out with your bike. Dinner is not provided, your overnight host will advise on local pubs and restaurants.
START and FINISH: Killarney is on the west coast of Ireland in County Kerry.
First night: At Killarney. Rooms are available from 3pm. Evening meals can be obtained in nearby inns or restaurants. Overnight Killarney, Co.Kerry, Ireland.
DAY ONE: Killarney to Glenbeigh. 31 miles (49 km) After being equipped with your bike you will head off through the lanes to Beaufort, Glencar and alongside Caragh Lake. You finish at the seaside resort of Glenbeigh. Overnight: Glenbeigh, County Kerry, Ireland.
DAY TWO: Glenbeigh to Waterville: 28 miles (46 km). This will be a beautiful biking day with lovely views across to the Dingle peninsula with lunch in the market village of Caherciveen. In the afternoon you have the option of doing a longer bike ride taking in Valentia Island. You finish at Waterville, with plenty of choices for late evening listening to music. Overnight: Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland.
DAY THREE: Free Day. Relax or cycle the Skelligs ring or take a boat trip to the Skelligs Rocks. Overnight: Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.
DAY FOUR: Waterville to Sneem: 30 miles (48 km). Today's cycle ride takes you through Coomakista Pass which is one of the best viewing points in Ireland, with magnificent views over Kenmare and the Atlantic Ocean. Lunch stop either in Derrynane House, the Liberator Daniel O'Connell's home, or the village of Caherdaniel. After lunch you cycle along the coast to the picturesque village of Sneem. Overnight: Sneem, County Kerry, Ireland.
DAY FIVE: Sneem to Killarney: 28 miles (45 km). Today's bike ride takes you inland and off the main Ring of Kerry Road. The highlights of the bike ride are Molls Gap where you can stop for lunch. From here to Killarney, stopping at Ladies View, you will see the spectacular Lakes of Killarney. You pass Torc Waterfall and Muckross House. The ride can be lengthened to go via the market town of Kenmare if you wish. Overnight: Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.
DAY SIX: Killarney to Black Valley: 15 miles (24 km). Cycle through the dramatic Gap of Dunloe and into the remote Black Valley. Return to Killarney by cycling by the Three Lakes or getting a boat through them. Overnight Killarney: County Kerry, Ireland.
Departure Day: The tour finishes from Killarney after breakfast.
TRAVEL KERRY AIRPORT to KILLARNEY (NOT included in tour price): Private taxi collection can be pre-booked to meet you on arrival. There are 10 buses a day from Kerry airport to Killarney.
TRAVEL SHANNON AIRPORT to KILLARNEY (NOT included in tour price): Private taxi collection can be pre-booked to meet you on arrival. There is a regular bus service from Shannon airport to Limerick and then to Killarney
TRAVEL from CORK or DUBLIN AIRPORT to KILLARNEY (NOT included in tour price): Cheap Direct flights are offered by Air SouthWest to Cork and Dublin. There is a bus or rail service from either Cork or Dublin to Killarney.
TRAVEL from KILLARNEY to SHANNON, KERRY or CORK AIRPORT (NOT included in tour price): We can arrange a private hire taxi if you require this.
ARRIVING BY CAR: Please ask for details.
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GRADE D (cycling): Between 15 - 31 miles (24 - 50kms) a day. There are some longer mileage options available on certain days. We recommend that clients bring their own helmets and raingear for comfort and hygiene purposes. You will start cycling about 10am and finish at approx. 4pm. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your fitness.