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Dingle is one of the few places where the historic and rather unusual festival, La an Dreoilin (the day of the wren) is still celebrated on December 26.

Ireland Experiences

Iconic Dingle Peninsula

Itinerary

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Our Dingle Peninsula Self Guided 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

The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast and is steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the same density and variety of archaeological monuments. Throughout the region there are magnificent views in all directions with incredibly 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 and many traditions and customs have been preserved here along with the language. This is a delightful bike trip and along the way you’ll enjoy plenty of good Irish cheer!

Day 1: Arrival Day

Your tour starts in Tralee, County Kerry. A trip welcome pack, itinerary, route directions, bikes and maps will await 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 and from there to the historic Ardfert with it’s newly restored cathedral and back to Tralee for your overnight stop. 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 and 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 and then on and over the famous Conor Pass with its 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 for the next few days, cycling out 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 with its magnificent breathtaking views across the Blasket Sound to the famous Blasket Island. From here you cycle on to Dunquinn and Ballyferriter on your way back to Dingle for the evening. Alternatively, today you can cycle to Dunquinn harbour and take the ferry to the Blasket Island and enjoy a walk around this mystical and enchanting place. Distance 38km /24m

Day 5: Dingle circular route

Today you cycle north from Dingle through the village of Ballydavid and on to Brandon Creek. Alternatively if you fancy a walk you can leave the main route at the Bothar Pub and take the Saints Road up mount Brandon on foot. – Weather permitting. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk. Distance 40km /25m

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 and ideal for a walk along its golden sands or a quick dip. On your way you can 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 and your last night’s stopover. This is a very historical area and on your way 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: Slan go Foill!

After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for 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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What’s Included?

This trip includes:

  •  7 night’s Bed and Breakfast. Full Irish Breakfast. Private bathrooms.
  • Quality, 21 geared cycle, Hybrid Bikes, ladies and gents, with full back-up service.
  •  6 days cycling.
  • Daily luggage movement
  • Full cycling details and maps of the area.
  • Full cycling descriptions of each cycling day.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number.
  • Airport transfers can be arranged/booked if required.
  • Public transport details: www.buseireann.ie & www.irishrail.ie | Weather Details: www.met.ie
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish cycling experience.
  • Extra days/nights booking with Travel/Tourism advice service.

 

What’s not included?

  • Cost of travel to and from Ireland
  • Transfer to and from start and finish sites
  • Items of a personal nature – drinks, medical, gratuities etc.
  • Lunches or evening meals
  • Any extra days/nights
  • Any costs to cycle repairs that are caused by bad care of bicycles

Dates and Pricing

€949 per person sharing.
Single Supplement : €250.

Additional Days:

If you choose to extend your holiday into a tailor made tour, the rate for an extra night in any of the accommodations is €49.  An extra days cycle hire is €25.

A luggage transfer supplement will apply for a single cyclist booking.

Dates

Start any day of the week. March to September.

Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com if you have any queries with regards to specific dates or would like more information.

Helpful Notes

Optional Extras:

If you wish to extend your holiday, we recommend the following extra days, which are suitable for rest days:

  • Day 1 Stay an extra day in Tralee to enjoy some of the local sights – or to visit the wonderful County Museum, Siamsa Tire or visit the wonderful Literary Museum in Listowel.
  • Day 2 Stay an extra day in Cloghane to explore the surrounding area and making a trip to the picturesque seaside village of Castlegregory.
  • Day 6 Stay an extra day in Inch giving you the opportunity of visiting the town of Killorglin, famed for the ancient Puck fair.

Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

Difficulty Level

About 10% of this tour is “Moderate” cycling such as steep climbs with a maximum daily distance of 55km. This trip is suitable for those who cycle regularly.

Transfers and bus distances as per Bus Eireann:

  • Tralee – Cork Airport – 2hrs 50mins approximately
  • Tralee – Shannon Airport – 3hrs 20mins approximately