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The Irish language name for Kerry, Contae Chiarraí, translates to 'People of Ciar', referring to an pre-Gaelic tribe which lived in the area.

Ireland Experiences

Ring of Kerry Bike Tour

Ring of Kerry Bike Tour

Itinerary

Our Ring of Kerry Bike Tour is a self guided bike tour that winds along the island-dotted Atlantic, medieval ruins and mountains of SouthWestern Ireland.

Killarney ~ Glenbeigh ~ Caherkiveen ~ Kenmare
Self Guided Tour, 8 Days/ 7 Nights, Euro 975.00 per person sharing

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The Ring of Kerry bike tour is offers breathtaking views and wonderful scenery.  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.

Day 1: Arrival Day

Your tour starts in Killarney, County Kerry. A trip welcome pack, itinerary, route directions and maps will await you at your first nights accommodations in Killarney. Collect your bicycles and Information Pack with Route. We recommend a short circular cycle to Muckross House and Killarney National Park as a warm up bike ride, returning to Killarney for your overnight stop. Distance 20km / 12ml


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Day 2: Killarney to Glenbeigh

This morning, you bike trip takes you from Killarney, cycling westward in the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill, around the beautiful Caragh Lake before heading to the picturesque village of Glenbeigh, a place often referred to as “The Jewel in the Ring of Kerry”. It is cosily tucked in to the surrounding horseshoe of hills and Seefin Mountains. The Caragh River and the Behy River flow at either side of the village into Castlemaine Harbour. Overnight in Glenbeigh. Distance 45km /28ml 

Day 3: Glenbeigh to Caherciveen

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. One highlight of this area is the offshore Skellig Island. We recommend you try to visit the island during your stay in this area. Failing that, we recommend  ‘The Skellig Experience’, and exhibition and visitor centre that relates the history and archaeology of Skellig Michaels Early Christian monastery; The Sea Birds, their habitat, their world wide travels; the lighthouses which have given 161 years of service to mariners. The Underwater Skellig, which has colour and magic equal to any sea in the world. You spend two nights here in Caherciveen. Distance 43km /27m

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4: Rest day

Today you have a free day. You can arrange a boat trip to the famous 6th century Skellig Island or as an option if the weather does not permit take the ferry over to Valentia Island and cycle around this lovely little island that is stepped in history. Add in the ‘The Skellig Experience’ and you will have a close an encounter with a unique way of life completely apart from the rest of the world!

Day 5: Caherciveen to Kenmare

From Caherciveen, today’s cycle takes you on one of the most glorious route’s imaginable. An inland trip through the Inny Valley and the legendary Ballaghisheen Pass, which gets its name from Oisin, the son of the legendary warrior Fionn MacCumhail, and Ballaghbeama Pass, a low but beautiful pass in the centre of the peninsula, offering spectacular views as you descend to the southern shores of the peninsula and the hertiage town of Kenmare, your stopover for the next two nights. Distance 55km /34m

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Day 6: Kenmare Circular Route

Today brings a looped bike ride to the remote and rugged Beara Peninsula and around Lough Inchiquinn before returning back to Kenmare. As an option you can continue on to Glengarriff and return to Kenmare through Turner’s Rock tunnel road. It is hard to imagine that two peninsulas so close together geographically can be so different in landscape and appearance & today gives you the opportunity to see this contrast first hand. Distance 40km /25m

Day 7: Kenmare to Killarney

Today you cycle along backroads to the famous Molls Gap, named after a woman, Moll Kissane, who reputedly ran a shebeen (a hostelry of dubious reputation) in this area in the 1800s. Set high on a rocky ridge, it overlooks mountains, rivers, lush countryside and the famous Lakes of Killarney, with truly breathtaking views – Carrauntoohill, Ireland’s highest mountain to one side, the Gap of Dunloe to the other. Ladies, Avoca have a wonderful shop and Cafe here for you to enjoy ~ but remember, what you buy, you must carry on your bike!! Return to Killarney for your final night. Distance 38km /24m

Day 8: Slan go foill!

After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your bike behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey. The above bike route details are a guideline and all distances may vary according to your chosen route.

What’s Included?

  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast. Full Irish Breakfast. Private bathrooms
  • Quality Hybrid Bikes, ladies and gents, with full back-up service.
  • 6 days cycling. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Move your luggage each cycling day.
  • Full cycling details and maps of the area.
  • Full cycling descriptions of each cycling day.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Public transport details, www.buseireann.ie and 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
  • Helmet and Water bottle are not provided

 

Dates and Pricing

€975 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 tour, we recommend the following extra days, which are suitable rest days:

  • Day 1: Stay an extra day in Killarney to enjoy some of the local sights, or to take a boat trip through the famous Three Lakes of Killarney or visit Inisfallen Island or Ross Castle.
  • Day 5: Stay an extra day in Kenmare to enjoy this wonderful heritage town. This is an ideal excursion for craft lovers, as Kenmare is a historic center for Irish needle point lace making.

Difficulty Level

Up to 10% of this tour is made up of “Moderate” cycling such as steep climbs and has a maximum daily distance of 55km. It is suitable for those who cycle regularly. If you have any questions, please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.