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The Dingle Peninsula Food Trail

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Did you know that our iconic Dingle Peninsula Bike tour offers the opportunity to experience the Dingle Peninsula Food Trail. While biking the Peninsula, you get to meet some of the amazing local food producers, and for instance, hear their stories and experience their passion. 

Click here for a complete itinerary of our Iconic Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour

It was once described by National Geographic as “the most beautiful place on earth”. It’s a place of spectacular seascapes and landscapes shaped by the elements. As a result, it offers a wild and rugged coastline of steep cliffs and wide sandy beaches.

Boats in Dingle Harbour

In the little fishing port of Dingle you will eat and breathe authentic Irish culture. Experience real food, real talk, real stories, and real ceoil agus craic. Here you’ll find the The Dingle Peninsula Food Trail and the real Ireland.  For instance, one that reveals the Peninsula’s thriving & unbroken traditions of language and music. In addition, folklore and storytelling, arts, crafts and artisan food.

Bia agus Deoch – food and drink

Dingle is a food haven for all connoisseurs. As such, it offers a repertoire of fabulous fresh fish delivered early in the morning from the boats. For meat eaters succulent prime Irish steak and West Kerry lamb are very popular and are a constant presence on all restaurant menus.

Sample Dingle Peninsula cheese flavoured with handpicked dilisk seaweed and matured in a 200 year old stone building.

 

The Dingle Peninsula Food Trail The Dingle Peninsula Food Trail. Photo Credits dingle-peninsula.ie

Take a tour of Dingle’s independent distillery and taste their award winning whiskey, gin and vodka. Or savour gourmet Dingle Ice Cream. It made the old fashioned way with free range eggs, fresh milk from the rare Kerry cow breed and organic cane sugar. Sample the unique flavours such as Dingle Sea Salt, caramelised brown bread and Dingle Gin.

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Traditional Irish Music Pub Session

Bars and pubs in Dingle peninsula are more than somewhere to drink. They are ancient places that carry memories and traditions. Reminders of a time when bars supplied most of a community’s needs. Household goods, hardware, groceries and even coffins were stocked behind the panelled wood and smoke stained veneer.

An teach tábhairne – The public house was just what it says on the tin –  a place for all to gather, do business, gather supplies and mark life’s passing. In more recent times the bar has become more hospitality based (a place of celebration) with good food, music, teas, coffees. Some offer overnight accommodation. Traditional music sessions lure the passing visitor into places offering warmth and soul and gentle conversation. Meet local people and chat with some interesting characters in their place of relaxation.

The Dingle Peninsula inspires, it connects, it “catches the heart off guard”, and it stays with you forever.  For more details of our Dingle Peninsula Bike tour please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com or go to: http://www.cyclewest.com/itinerary/dingle-peninsula-bike-tour/ 

Details for this blog post were sourced from www.dinglepeninsula.ie, Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. 

The Wild Atlantic Way By Bike

EXPLORE THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY BY BIKE ~ Stretching Ireland’s western seaboard, the Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world. Over 2,500km in length, spanning Ireland’s western counties, the route takes in some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll ever see. 

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The Wild Atlantic Way is not a destination but a journey. Here, you’ll discover warmth in the wild continuous landscape and visit the most spectacular places: UNESCO World Heritage site Skellig Michael; the largest karst landscape in the world, The Burren; and the traditional Irish towns dotted along our western coast.

The Wild Atlantic Way is alive with literature, music, stories, and surf. Its landscape, flora, fauna, and sheer size have inspired everyone from WB Yeats to John Lennon.

Where else would the rolling landscape and Gaelic spirit inspire the dreamers, and the Atlantic Ocean call the world’s greatest surfers? Where else could attract such storied names as actor Sean Connery, Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara and beloved poet Seamus Heaney over the years?

The Wild Atlantic Way, that’s where.

Here’s a list of the 10 locations you can’t afford to miss on the route:

1. CLIFFS OF MOHER

The magic of the Cliffs of Moher meeting the untamed wild headlands of the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the edge of the West Ireland you will experience some of the most spectacular views of the western shoreline. Read More >

2. CLEW BAY

A magical place that kisses the west coast of Ireland, Clew Bay has an island for every day of the year, so storytellers say. The bay’s beach marries pure Blue Flag shores with submerged drumlins forced into existence an ice age ago. The beautiful coastline awaits you on our Wild Connemara Bike Tour.

6. CONNEMARA

Where water and mountain crash, the Atlantic surf has shaped everything from Connemara’s unique fjord to the spirit of the city of Galway. Welcome to Ireland’s largest traditional Irish speaking region. Along its Atlantic coastline, you’ll meet the most spirited of locals who’ll give you “Céad Míle Fáilte” – a hundred thousand welcomes. Visit Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord; take a boat to the traditional Aran Islands; and explore the Irish music that awaits you on your return.  READ MORE>

7. THE BURREN

Even in the wildest of places you can find calm and even in the raw, weather-beaten conditions there is warmth. The Burren means ‘the great rock’ and this moonscape of karst limestone is a World Heritage Site. Between the cracked limestone that stretches over 250km you’ll find pretty wildflowers, rich in flora and fauna. As well as megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt’s pyramids, you’ll take away memories that will last a lifetime. READ MORE>

8. DINGLE PENINSULA

A little dream world, Dingle town is a hub of literary and creative culture. Music plays long into the night, and festivals can be found along its winding roads. With the watchful gaze of the Blasket Islands, wander ruined cottages; take in dramatic views from Slea Head; discover the stories; and taste its famous seafood cuisine. READ MORE>

9. RING OF KERRY

Ascend through mystical scenery encircled with unspoilt lands. Kerry’s majestic energy and breathtaking landscapes will shimmer in memory long after you’ve gone. Explore UNESCO pilgrimage site Skellig Michael, which writer George Bernard Shaw described as “part of our dream world”. Climb old stone age ring forts, indulge in local chocolate making, and not to forget the national parks – a feast for the eyes.
Explore the Ring of Kerry – READ MORE>

 

There’s no end to the discoveries to be made on the route, find out more with our selection of Breathtaking Moments along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour

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Our Iconic Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour is an immersion in one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast.

Dingle ~ Inch ~ Tralee
Self Guided Tour, 8 Days/ 7 Nights, from Euro 950 per person

This Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour is one that takes you along one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast. It is a region steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. It offers vistas of green pastures, mist-covered mountains and wild stretches of uninhabitable coastline. The tip of the peninsula, west of Dingle town, is a stronghold of the Irish language. Here also many traditions and customs have been preserved along with the Irish language. This is a delightful bike trip and along the way you’ll enjoy plenty of good Irish cheer!

Day 1: Arrival Day

Your Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour starts in Tralee, County Kerry. A trip welcome pack, itinerary, route directions, bikes and maps awaits you at your first nights accommodations in Tralee.  If you have time take a short cycle from Tralee to the lovely fishing port of Fenit. From there you could bike to the historic Ardfert village. Discover its w newly restored cathedral. Return  to Tralee for your overnight stay. Distance 30km / 18m

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Day 2: Tralee to Cloghane 

Today’s cycle takes you from Tralee along the northern shores of the Dingle Peninsula with the Slieve Mish Mountains on your left and Tralee Bay to your right. The route takes you through Castlegregory before finishing in the picturesque village of Cloghane. This will be your overnight stop for the night. Distance 38km /24m

Day 3: Cloghane to Dingle

Leaving Cloghane you head for the village of Brandon and Brandon Point. Onward and over the famous Conor Pass.  Breathtaking views that stretches for miles. In the distance you will see the fishing port town of Dingle and your stopover for the next three days. Enjoy the beauty of Dingle and its surrounds. as you cycle towards the western shores and Slea Head with views of the Great Blasket Islands looming in the distance. Distance 34km /21m

 

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Day 4: Dingle circular route

Heading west from Dingle you cycle via Ventry to Slea Head. Magnificent views across the Blasket Sound and the famous Blasket Islands. From here you cycle on to Dunquinn and Ballyferriter. You will return to Dingle for the evening. Read our blog post about the Dingle Food Trail here to experience the best of local food and artisan suppliers in Dingle during your stay. We will provide more details in your pre trip travel pack.  Alternatively, today, you could cycle to Dunquinn harbour and take the ferry to the Blasket Islands, for instance. Enjoy a walk around this mystical and enchanting place. Distance 38km /24m

 

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Day 5: Dingle circular route

Today you cycle north from Dingle through the village of Ballydavid and on to Brandon Creek. As an activity today, for example, you could leave the main route at the Bóthar Pub and take the Saints Road up mount Brandon on foot. – Weather permitting. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk. Distance 40km /25m

 

Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way

Day 6: Dingle to Inch

Cycling in an easterly direction by the shores of Dingle Bay you once again enjoy spectacular views and breathtaking scenery of this magnificent peninsula. Your destination is the tiny hamlet of Inch with its renowned and magnificent beach. Indeed, it would be ideal for a walk along its golden sands or a quick dip. Afterward,  you could detour to visit the village of Annascaul, home to the famous explorer Tom Crean. Distance 35km /22m

Day 7: Inch to Tralee 

Today’s route continues along the coast to the historical village of Castlemaine with its neat little harbour and splendid bird sanctuary. From here you head north and take the “short mountain route” back to Tralee. This will be your last night’s stopover. This is a very historical area, and as such, you will pass the legendary mythological Queen Scotia’s grave which also offers fabulous views over Tralee Bay and North Kerry. Distance 30km /19m

Day 8: Slán go fóill!

Sadly we must bid you farewell! After a final breakfast you depart on  your onward journey.

Please note: The above cycle details are a guideline and all distances may vary according to your chosen route.

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Self Guided Bike Tours In Ireland

Self Guided Bike Tours in Ireland: Travel At Your Own Pace

CycleWest Ireland’s self guided, luggage free bike tours take you to some of Ireland’s best and most unexplored destinations.

Available in 2021  we take you to the rugged and unspoiled South West of Ireland with our Beara Peninsula tour in West Cork. The Dingle Pensinsula is a special destination that also features along with the Ring of Kerry.

Pedal at your own pace, luggage free and discover the beautiful sights, sample the local fare, take time to walk on a sandy beach and stop to absorb the breathtaking landscapes. Choose your dates and take advantage of a flexible schedule.

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

 

Here are a list of our Self Guided Tours available as of August 1, 2021:

Small Group Adventures

Organising a bike tour for friends, colleagues or family? Our small group trips can be a welcoming, personal and safe way to see the off-the-beaten-track side of Ireland, to learn all about its history and culture, its myths and legends, to take part in some refreshing activities and to enjoy great Irish scenery, welcome, music and pub life. Come join us!

 

Contact us today at tours@cyclewest.com to arrange your small group bike tour! Choose yoru destination and let us take care of the detail.