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Skellig Michael is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, 11.6 km west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. A Christian monastery was founded on the island between the 6th and 8th century, and was continuously occupied until its abandonment in the late 12th century. The remains of the monastery, along with most of the island itself, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry, in SouthWestern Ireland, is the longest and the most diverse of Ireland’s circuits, combining coastal scenery with beaches, and little villages along the way. 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.

The route winds along the island-dotted Atlantic, medieval ruins, mountains and lakes. It can get busy in summer, but even then, the remote Skellig Ring can be uncrowded and serene – and starkly beautiful.

In peak summer season, the Ring of Kerry can see heavy tourist traffic, and can be therefore unkind to cyclists.  For that reason we have designed a route that is leisurely and offers a mix of inland and coastal routes, to take you off the beaten track yet gives just the same beauty and splendour,  if not more.

Otherwise, for a memorable coastal experience, we recommend travel in April, May or September in this area.

Activities

Self Guided Bike Tours In Ireland

CycleWest Ireland’s Oisterwijk self guided, luggage free bike tours take you to some of Europe’s best and most unexplored countryside. Carefully designed to suit your travel needs and dates, we take care of all of your details so you are free to immerse yourself in the culture and scenery in which you are travelling. 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 digest the breathtaking landscapes.

Small Group Adventures

Our small group sizes and professional, yet informal and contemporary style makes our trips 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!