SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many routes less travelled.
7 nights stay, 5/6 days cycles
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous cycling experience is recommended.
Cycles were in general magnificent
– A.J., Netherlands, 2013
The route of our Ring of Kerry BIKE Tour has the highest mountain range in Ireland as a backdrop and follows the world famous Ring of Kerry. It traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula encompassing Muckross, Killarney National Park, historic Derrynane and the picturesque villages of Sneem, Kenmare and Glenbeigh.
The route abounds in natural wonders and the beauty and grandeur of the scenery is unsurpassed by any in Ireland. 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.
We, however, find this route to be “over-run” with tourists and therefore unkind to cyclists so for that reason – we suggest a much more leisurely and quieter mix of inland and coastal routes to give just the same beauty and splendour – if not more.
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Arrive in Killarney and check into your B&B. Collect your bicycles and Information Pack with Route Description and map from the proprietor. If you have time take the short circular cycle to Muckross House and Killarney National Park and then back to Killarney for your overnight stop.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 21kms/ 13mi.
Leaving Killarney you cycle west under the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill, around the beautiful Caragh Lake before heading to the picturesque village of Glenbeigh and your overnight stop.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 53.5kms/ 33mi.
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. You spend two nights in Caherciveen.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 35.5km /22mi.
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 sea conditions do not permit take the ferry over to Valentia Island and cycle around this lovely little island that is stepped in history from the home of the Knights of Kerry to 360million year old Tetrapod tracks. This cycle can be extended if you are feeling up to it.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 33.5km/21mi.
From Caherciveen, today’s cycle takes you on one of the most glorious routes imaginable an inland trip through the Inny Valley. As you wind your way through this wonderful landscape and over the legendary Ballaghisheen pass the views that meet you are as majestic as the valley that sweeps away below you. Your day will finish on the banks of the Blackstones River as you settle in for a night of home cooked Irish food and relax to the sounds of the babbling water. Evening meal included.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 39km/24.5mi.
Continuing through the Heartland of Kerry you will enjoy the views across the Brida Valley as you meander your way along the quite country roads to the spectacular Ballaghbeama Gap. Cycle through Irish peatland following the Blackwater River and enjoying the vista across Kenmare bay. Your day’s adventure finishes in the beautiful town of Kenmare where you can enjoy one of the many top class restaurants or cosy pubs this town has to offer.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 41km /32mi.
Today you cycle along backroads to the famous Molls Gap offering wonderful views over the spectacular Three Lakes of Killarney. From here you continue cycling to the Black valley and through the renowned Gap of Dunloe before returning to Killarney for your final night.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 42km /26mi.
After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.