SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many routes less travelled.
6 nights stay, 5 days hikes/ cycles
Participants need to have a good level of fitness & previous hiking/ cycling experience is recommended.
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– Schostak, Israel, 2016
Explore “The Kingdom” of Ireland, on the South West leg of the Wild Atlantic Way with our Kerry Self-Guided Hike & Bike Tour. County Kerry contains some of Ireland’s most iconic scenery, with sea cliffs carved by the wild Atlantic Ocean, and soft golden beaches, emerald-green farmland criss-crossed by stone walls, mist-shrouded bogs and cloud-torn mountain peaks. Kerry is the proud owner of Ireland’s 10 highest peaks and a vast national park containing the country’s oldest oak forests. A haven for hikers and cyclists, with magnificent views of land and sea at every turn. Kerry also boasts an abundance of welcoming towns, B&Bs and cosy pubs in which to rest weary feet. Admirably referred to by locals as “The Kingdom”, Kerry will give you a striking, authentic and truly memorable experience of Ireland with its astonishing natural beauty, enriched by the warm welcome of its people.
With one of the country’s finest national parks as its backyard, the lively tourism hub of Killarney is often the starting point for Kerry’s two famed loop drives: the larger Ring of Kerry skirts the mountainous, island-fringed Iveragh Peninsula. The more compact Dingle Peninsula is like a condensed version of its southern neighbour, with ancient Christian sites, sandy beaches and glimpses of a hard, unforgiving land. Killarney’s exquisite beauty makes it one of Kerry’s most popular tourist destinations. We ensure you escape from the crowds, along a mountain pass, an isolated cove or an untrodden trail.
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Arrive in Killarney and check into your B&B. Collect your bicycle and Information Pack with Route Description and maps. If you have time take the short circular cycle to Killarney National Park where you have the chance to see both the 15thCentury Muckross Abbey and the 19th Century Muckross house with its wonderful Gardens. Taking time to enjoy this iconic landscape as you cycle around Muckross lake one of the famous 3 lakes of Killarney. Following your cycle return to Killarney to enjoy this vibrant town for your first overnight stop.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 21kms/ 13mi.
Today we will transfer you to Galway’s bridge just outside Killarney where you start this stunning hike along the Old Kenmare road and through the Esknamucky Glen. With Views of Killarney lakes and mountains all around this truly is one of Ireland’s premier walking routes. Towards the end of your hike you will visit the famous Torc Waterfall and continue on to Killarney for your Overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 10kms/6 miles Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 200m. Possible wet and muddy tracks with some road walking. Boots recommended.
Today’s Adventure begins with a short cycle to the 15th century Ross castle once home to The O’Donovan Rossa Clan who ruled these lands in times past. You will then take to the water and have the pleasure of sitting back and relaxing while your boatman takes you on a mystical journey through the three Lakes of Killarney. Finishing at the Lord Brandon’s cottage where you can enjoy this tranquil spot with a coffee or some lunch from the café. Now it’s time to conquer the Gap of Dunloe! With a little climbing to do but your reward is an experience like no other weaving your way through this jagged landscape of vertical Glaciated valleys and glistening mountain lakes. When you finish your cycle through the “Gap” you may take time again for a coffee as a reward for you efforts or maybe something stronger. You finish you day’s adventure with a gentle cycle through Killarney National Park and back to your accommodation in Killarney for your overnight.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 24km /15mi.
Today you have time to rest while we transfer you to Dingle town home to Traditional Irish music, Language and culture in the South West. Here where Gaelic is still the daily language of the locals you can enjoy a tour of Dingle Micro Distillery home to Dingle Whiskey, Gin and Vodka where you will sample the “water of life” or Whiskey as its more commonly known!
You also have the option to take a boat trip into Dingle harbour in search of Dingles most famous resident “Fungi” the Bottlenose Dolphin. A resident in Dingle harbour for many years Fungi has been delighting visitors with his playful antics. Overnight in Dingle.
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 Great Blasket Island and enjoy a walk around this mystical and enchanting place. Overnight in Dingle.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 41km/25mi.
A wonderful walk along the Dingle Peninsula from North to South, following a spectacular old farmer’s track. You walk over the plateau, passing a deserted famine village and Annascaul Lake on the way. You descend into the village of Annascaul. Overnight in Annascaul.
Walk Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 375m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections; can be damp. Boots recommended.
After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.