Ring of Beara

 


 

Cycling holiday's in Ireland don't get much better than this. If you want to go cycling in rural Ireland, then the Beara Peninsula Bike Tour is the holiday for you – explore a land rich in history, folklore and archaeology with imposing megaliths, tombs and standing stones. The offshore islands add another dimension to the beauty of the coastline frequently dotted with castles, forts and watchtowers.

Beara’s breathtaking panoramas are dominated by mountains and sea. The Caha Mountains and Sliabh Miskish Mountains form the spine of the peninsula, which is washed by Kenmare Bay to the north and Bantry Bay to the south. The folding of the rock strata throughout millennia has left the swirling wave-like patterns across the mountains, which are so characteristic of the Beara landscape. Few roads cross this massive natural barrier, and those which do are spectacular feats of engineering: the ‘Tunnels Road’ via Turner’s Rock and the Healy Pass road with its series of hairpin bends, as dramatic as any alpine pass. All of Beara’s towns and villages are dotted along the coastal road, which loops around the peninsula. The largest is Castletownbere (or Castletown Bearhaven), a major fishing port located on one of the deepest natural harbours in Ireland. Picturesque villages such as Eyeries and Allihies are renowned for their rows of brightly contrasting houses featuring every shade of the rainbow, where every house competes with its neighbours to be the most colourful.

Dates

This tour runs on any day from April to October subject to availability. Please contact the office to check availability and for a package price.

Price - £975

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £250

Single Traveller Supplement - £315

 

 

Trip Code

 

IREB23

Rob's Highlights

  • The Sheeps Head Peninsula

  • Gougane Barra

  • Picturesque village of Glengarriff

  • Colourful houses in Eyeries

  • Cable car towards Castletownbere

  • Bere Island

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bantry

Arrive at your first Bed & Breakfast house in Bantry where your Information Pack with Route Suggestions & Maps await your arrival. Collect your cycles & if time allows, take a short cycle around the town to get a “feel” for your surroundings. Overnight in Bantry.

Day 2: Goat's Path (52kms/32mi)

Cycling out of Bantry your first cycle takes you onto the Sheeps Head Peninsula following the spectacular “Goat’s Path” on the northern shores of this peninsula to Kilcrohane. From there you return along the southern shores to Durrus & on back to Bantry from there. Return to your accommodation for overnight.

Day 3: Bantry to Glengarriff (56km/35mi)

Leaving Bantry behind you, today’s cycle takes you on a lovely route to the beautiful Gougane Barra before returning to the shores of Bantry Bay & finish in the picturesque village of Glengarriff. Overnight in Glengarriff.

Day 4 - Glengarriff to Lauragh (45km/28mi)

Cycling north from Glengarriff, you have a beautiful route over the “Caha Pass” a magnificent road through the mountains with wonderful views towards the Ring of Kerry. Descending onto the northern shores of the peninsula you cycle to Lauragh for your overnight. Overnight and dinner in Lauragh.

Day 5: Lauragh to Allihies (44km/27mi)

Continuing along the northern shores your cycle today takes you through the picturesque village of Eyeries famous for its colourful houses. From there you continue to Allihies – once home to a thriving copper mining industry. Overnight in Allihies.

Day 6: Allihies to Castletownbere (38km/24mi)

Today you are spoilt for choice but our recommendation takes you further west to Dursey Sound. If you wish a trip to the glorious Dursey Island, just at the very tip of the Beara Peninsula is well worthwhile … crossing over on Ireland’s only Cable Car service. This is a step back in time and gives you an opportunity to walk “West” to the end of land!! Back on the mainland – you continue cycling east to finish in the fishing port of Castletownbere. Overnight in Castletownbere.

Day 7: Castletownbere to Glengarriff (38km/24mi)

Today you have the option to take your bike over to Bere Island for a cycle around this beautiful place adding 14kms onto your day. From Castletownbere you then cycle east through Adrigole – with an option here to go kayaking if you wish. Continuing east – you finish your trip back in Glengarriff. After an overnight in Glengarriff, your leisure cycling trip around the Ring of Beara comes to an end. 

Day 8: Departure

After a final Irish breakfast you are then free to take the bus back to Cork & continue your onward journey from there.

 

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Irish Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Meet & Greet 

Bike rental

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Flights

Airport transfers

Insurance

Lunch & evening meals

Drinks

 

 

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Irish Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Meet & Greet 

Bike rental

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Flights

Airport transfers

Insurance

Lunch & evening meals

Drinks

Local taxes

 

Testimonial 

The B&Bs were far our the best in service and hospitality and comfort. The bikes were great quality and very comfortable. - Jan

 

 

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