Ireland Bike Tour

Coasting Kerry

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County Kerry is at the top of every cyclist’s wish list, and our tour of the Dingle, Beara, and Iveragh peninsulas includes Kerry’s most beloved landscapes as well as some undiscovered jewels known only to the luckiest of bikers. Each day’s ride offers a constantly changing panorama of sky and sea, forests and mountains, fuchsia and foxglove, punctuated with friendly villages and colorful shop fronts. Our cycling itinerary reads like a “Who’s Who” of cherished Kerry landmarks: Slea Head, the Lakes of Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, and, of course, the Ring of Kerry.

  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Trip Feedback
  • What's Included
  • Ireland’s most famous scenery: Lakes of Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
  • Two nights in Dingle Town, known for traditional music
  • Evening of storytelling with a well-known shenachie
  • Pubs and nightlife in lively Kenmare
  • Derreen Gardens on the Beara Peninsula
  • Learn about “The Great Liberator” Daniel O’Connell at Derrynane National Park
  • Ferry to the Skelligs' ancient monastery ruins and bird sanctuary
  • Browse at fine arts and crafts galleries

Day 1: Morning transfer from Shannon Airport or Bunratty to Dingle for a two-night stay at our four-star guesthouse overlooking the harbor. Afternoon free to explore town or an optional warmup spin. Welcome dinner, followed by traditional music at O’Flaherty’s Pub. (0, 4, 12, or 17 mi.)

Day 2: Cycle the Slea Head Drive, with views of the now-abandoned Blasket Islands. Stops at an Iron Age fort, the Blasket Heritage Center, and Gallarus Oratory, where monks spreading the word of St. Patrick once sojourned. The longest option climbs to the top of Conor Pass for a spectacular view (29, 35, or 46 mi.)

Day 3: Follow the south coast of the Dingle Peninsula via the Blue Flag beach at Inch. Quiet country lanes lead to Killarney for a two-night stay at Killarney Lodge, a four-star inn within walking distance of the town center. (43 mi.)

Day 4: Free day to explore Killarney National Park and the Lakes of Killarney by bike, foot, or horse. A short spin along a carriage path leads to the stately Muckross House and Gardens, with longer options to Dinis Island, Torc Waterfall, and Ross Castle. (0, 5, 12, 16 or 30 mi.)

Day 5: Ride through the Gap of Dunloe, surrounded by MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. Pedal on past glacial ponds and cascading streams in the Black Valley to Moll’s Gap. A five-mile descent leads to Kenmare for a two-night stay at The Lodge, a stylish four-star guesthouse. (28, 41, or 53 mi.)

Day 6:Our Beara Peninsula loop begins with easy cycling to exotic Derreen Gardens. Longer options lead to spectacular headlands, colorful fishing villages at Eyeries and Allihies, and a challenging climb over Healy Pass. (32, 50, 66, or 84 mi.)

Day 7: Along the Iveragh Peninsula, we’ll stop to meet a friendly family of artisans at Brushwood Studio Galleries, visit Staigue ring fort, and tour O’Connell’s estate at Derrynane National Park. Take in the panoramic view from Coomakesta Pass, then descend to the seaside village of Waterville for a two-night stay. (37 or 42 mi.)

Day 8: Free day to relax or ride: Take the ferry to monastery ruins at Skellig Michael and the puffin sanctuary on Little Skellig, or bike the challenging Ring of Ballinskelligs, a hidden pocket of Kerry’s best scenery. (0, 32, or 44 mi.)

Day 9: Follow the coast around Dingle Bay . Along the way, visit the British Garrison museum in Caherciveen, Bronze Age ring forts, and Valentia Island. Farewell celebration and overnight at an 18th-century lakeshore estate with magnificent views of Lough Caragh. (35, 46, or 52 mi.)

Day 10: Transfer to Shannon Airport for early afternoon flights.

"Riding my bike through the Gap of Dunloe was like riding through a fairy tale."
– B.D., Massachusetts

"The tour route was incredibly beautiful! The day on the Beara Peninsula was everything I came to Ireland for."
– M.M., Colorado

"The land, the sea, the views, the food—all spectacular! I'll remember the experience for years to come."
– K.N., Maryland

  • 9 nights accommodations in traditional B&Bs and country inns (double occupancy, private bath)
  • 6 dinners, 2 picnic lunches, and all breakfasts
  • Use of a top-quality Trek hybrid bike
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background information
  • Daily choice of mileage options; total mileage of 204 to 369 miles
  • Two experienced Irish guides
  • Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
  • Transfers to and from Shannon Airport and selected hotels 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$3995 for
10 day/9 night guided bike tour.
Single supplement: $800.

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: 2, 3, 4. Moderate to hilly terrain. Spectacular long options for the adventurous!

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