Ireland Bike Tour

Celtic Challenge

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Our most challenging Ireland tour features 50-mile days and three metric centuries. Designed for experienced cyclists looking for a scenic workout, our route traces Kerry’s emerald-green coastline and crosses highlands reminiscent of Scotland, with romantic lakes and cascading waterfalls. Take the high road over Conor Pass, Ballaghbeama Gap, and Healy Pass, and trace the West Cork coast to Kinsale. Along the way, we’ll take time off to indulge in simple Irish pleasures: fresh-baked scones, fresh-drawn Guinness, and toe-tapping music seisiuns.

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  • What's Included
  • More miles for experienced cyclists
  • Climb Connor Pass, Healy Pass, and Ballaghbeama Gap
  • Visit the Blasket Heritage Centre and Skibbereen Famine Centre
  • Cheese tasting at Manning’s Emporium
  • Traditional music and nightlife in lively Kenmare
  • History in stone at Gallarus Oratory, Timoleague Abbey, and prehistoric Drombeg Stone Circle
  • Tour the mansion and gardens of Bantry House
  • Farewell dinner in Kinsale, Ireland’s culinary capital

Day 1: Morning transfer from Shannon Airport to Ballyferriter, in the heart of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) on the Dingle Peninsula. Warm-up spin to the ancient sites of Gallarus Oratory, Riask Monastery, and Killmakader Church, or stroll to the beach and town museum. Welcome dinner, followed by a pint and tunes in one of the village pubs. (12 or 26 mi.)

Day 2: Stunning views of sea stacks and the now-uninhabited Blasket Islands as we follow the Kerry coast to Slea Head. Brake for history at the Blasket Heritage Center and colorful shops in Dingle Town, then gear down for a challenging climb over Conor Pass! The beach at An Cloghan is a gem set at the foot of Mount Brandon en route to Tralee. Overnight at 16th-century Ballyseede Castle, which boasts two drawing rooms and thirty acres of woodland gardens. (55 mi.)

Day 3: Cross the Slieve Mish Mountains, with a view of Castlemaine Bay set against the emerald backdrop of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Descend into a romantic wilderness of loughs, streams, and lush forest, surrounded by the peaks of the Glencar Highlands. Climb Ballaghbeama Gap and follow the rushing Blackwater River to the coast at Kenmare for a two-night stay. (56 mi.)

Day 4: Free day to relax in Kenmare or pedal the Beara Peninsula. Options include easy riding to exotic Derreen Gardens, spectacular headlands and colorful villages at Eyeries and Allihies, and a challenging climb across the Caha Mountains at Healy Pass. (0, 32, 50, 66, or 84 mi.)

Day 5: Heaven on two wheels as we cross into County Cork over the “Priests Leap,” a bucolic mountain road winding through the Shehy Mountains. Our picnic stop in Ballylickey includes a sampling of local artisanal cheeses. In Bantry Town, explore quirky shops and tour the palatial grounds of Bantry House, or ride an afternoon option around the rugged Sheep’s Head Peninsula. (31, 56, 63, or 75 mi.)

Day 6: Cycle the Mizen Peninsula, with views of Dunmanus Bay and a spectacular chasm at Mizen Head. Continue past the Altar Wedge Tomb and a wildly hilly coast into Schull; then ferry through the isles of Roaringwater Bay to a warm welcome at Casey’s of Baltimore. Long option follows the coast via Skibbereen and the Famine Commemoration Center. (50 or 74 mi.)

Day 7: Follow the beautiful bays and beaches of the West Cork coast to Kinsale. En route visit pretty Union Hall and Castletownsend, mystical Drombeg Stone Circle, 13th-century ruins of Timoleague Abbey, and the Charles Fort Heritage Center. Farewell dinner in the famed foodie capital of West Cork. (63 or 70 mi.)

Day 8: Transfer to Shannon Airport for early afternoon flights.

"The scenery was breathtaking, the accommodations plush, the food delicious and the ride -- epic!"
– J.T., Missouri

"Our Irish guides were beyond excellent and added more value than I can say. They really helped bring the country alive."
– L.K., Colorado

"The best-kept secret of Ireland is its food!"
– B.T., Massachusetts

  • 7 nights accommodations in traditional B&Bs, country inns, and a 16th-century castle (double occupancy, private bath)
  • 6 dinners, 2 picnic lunches, and all breakfasts
  • Use of a top-quality 24-speed Trek hybrid bicycle
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background information
  • Choice of mileage options on most days; total mileage of 267 to 440 miles
  • Two experienced Irish guides
  • Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
  • Transfers to and from Shannon Airport at specified times
  • Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
  • Comprehensive tour preparation information and training tips
  • Easy Rider cycling jersey and water bottle
  • Airfare is not included.

Price: US$3695 for
8 day/7 night guided bike tour.
Single supplement: $700.

2019 Dates
Available as a custom tour for groups of 10+ only. Contact us a minimum of 120 days in advance.

Arrive/Depart
Shannon Airport

Activity Level: 3, 4. Hilly to mountainous terrain.

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