SELF GUIDED TOUR The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many routes less travelled.
DURATION 7 nights stay, 6 days cycles
DIFFICULTY Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous cycling experience is recommended.
The B&Bs were far out the best in service, hospitality and comfort. The bikes were great quality and very comfortable. We had a fantastic holiday with Ireland Walk Hike Bike!
– Jan, Netherlands, 2011
If you want to see rural Ireland at its best then Beara Peninsula Bike Tour is the holiday for you – explore a land rich in history, folklore and archaeology with imposing megaliths, tombs and standing stones. The offshore islands add another dimension to the beauty of the coastline frequently dotted with castles, forts and watchtowers. Beara’s breathtaking panoramas are dominated by mountains and sea. The Caha Mountains and Sliabh Miskish Mountains form the spine of the peninsula, which is washed by Kenmare Bay to the north and Bantry Bay to the south. The folding of the rock strata throughout millennia has left the swirling wave-like patterns across the mountains, which are so characteristic of the Beara landscape. Few roads cross this massive natural barrier, and those which do are spectacular feats of engineering: the ‘Tunnels Road’ via Turner’s Rock and the Healy Pass road with its series of hairpin bends, as dramatic as any alpine pass. All of Beara’s towns and villages are dotted along the coastal road, which loops around the peninsula. The largest is Castletownbere (or Castletown Bearhaven), a major fishing port located on one of the deepest natural harbours in Ireland. Picturesque villages such as Eyeries and Allihies are renowned for their rows of brightly contrasting houses featuring every shade of the rainbow, where every house competes with its neighbours to be the most colourful.
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Today’s Cycle Distance: 52kms/ 32mi.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 56km /35mi.