Leisure Cycling in Ireland - The Ring of Kerry

 


 

Cycling the Ring of Kerry is a beautiful ride with the highest mountain range in Ireland as a backdrop. This easy cycling holiday in Ireland follows the world famous Ring of Kerry. It traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula encompassing Muckross, Killarney National Park, historic Derrynane and the picturesque villages of Sneem, Kenmare and Glenbeigh.

The route  abounds in natural wonders and the beauty and grandeur of the scenery is unsurpassed by any in Ireland. Starting in the town of Killarney – made famous by the magnificent “Three Lakes of Killarney” the “Ring” then continues anti-clockwise through Killorglin, to Caherciveen, on to Waterville and Sneem before returning to Killarney.

We, however, find this route to be “over-run” with tourists and therefore unkind to cyclists so for that reason – we suggest a much more leisurely and quieter mix of inland and coastal routes to give just the same beauty and splendour – if not more.

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 - £995

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

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £250

Single Traveller Supplement - £315

 

 

Trip Code

 

IREB22

Rob's Highlights

  • Killarney National Park

  • Irelands highest mountain, Carrantuohill

  • Glenbeigh

  • Kells Bay

  • Skellig Island

  • Ballaghisheen Pass

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Killarney (21kms/13mi)

Arrive in Killarney and check into your B&B. Collect your bicycles and Information Pack with Route Description and map from the proprietor. If you have time take the short circular cycle to Muckross House and Killarney National Park and then back to Killarney for your overnight stop.

Day 2: Killarney to Glenbeigh (53.5kms/33mi)

Leaving Killarney you cycle west under the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill, around the beautiful Caragh Lake before heading to the picturesque village of Glenbeigh and your overnight stop.

Day 3: Glenbeigh to Caherciveen (35.5km/22mi)

Heading west from Glenbeigh, today’s route takes you to the peaceful and tranquil shores of Kells Bay. From here you continue on west finishing the days cycle outside the town of Caherciveen over looking Valentia Island. You spend two nights in Caherciveen.

Day 4: Rest day: Option to do the Valentia Loop (33.5km/21mi)

Today, on your cycling holiday in Ireland, you have a free day. You can arrange a boat trip to the famous 6th century Skellig Island or as an option if the sea conditions do not permit take the ferry over to Valentia Island and cycle around this lovely little island that is stepped in history from the home of the Knights of Kerry to 360million year old Tetrapod tracks. This cycle can be extended if you are feeling up to it.

Day 5: Caherciveen to Blackstones Bridge (39km/24.5mi)

From Caherciveen, today’s cycle takes you on one of the most glorious routes imaginable an inland trip through the Inny Valley. As you wind your way through this wonderful landscape and over the legendary Ballaghisheen pass the views that meet you are as majestic as the valley that sweeps away below you. Your day will finish on the banks of the Blackstones River as you settle in for a night of home cooked Irish food and relax to the sounds of the babbling water.

Day 6: Blackstones Bridge to Kenmare (41km/32mi)

Continuing through the Heartland of Kerry you will enjoy the views across the Brida Valley as you meander your way along the quite country roads to the spectacular Ballaghbeama Gap. Cycle through Irish peatland following the Blackwater River and enjoying the vista across Kenmare bay. Your day’s adventure finishes in the beautiful town of Kenmare where you can enjoy one of the many top class restaurants or cosy pubs this town has to offer.

Day 7 - Kenmare to Killarney (42km/26mi)

Today you cycle along backroads to the famous Molls Gap offering wonderful views over the spectacular Three Lakes of Killarney. From here you continue cycling to the Black valley and through the renowned Gap of Dunloe before returning to Killarney for your final night.

Day 8: Departure

After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.

 

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 cycling was magnificent. - A.J

 

 

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