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Unspoilt Ring of Kerry Cycling

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Cycle a quieter mix of inland and coastal routes close to the famous Ring of Kerry. Experience the ‘real’ Ireland on the Iveragh Peninsula; it’s mystical, beautiful and grand, and you’ll certainly soak up the charming Irish welcome en route, with live music and delicious seafood too.

  • Reviews 2 Reviews
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
All about the Unspoilt Ring of Kerry Cycling.

The Iveragh Peninsula is a stunning region of islands. With Killarney at its epicentre, it is the largest of the ‘five fingers’ of Ireland, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Mystical, beautiful and grand, the route is also a tourist hotspot, so can be a little unkind to cyclists. Our routes maintain the same beauty and splendour but take you off the path to enjoy a more leisurely and quieter mix of inland and coastal scenery.
You’ll pedal through lush countryside and lively, friendly towns, soaking up the charming Irish welcome, which is certainly as great as people talk about. Starting in the large town of Killarney, which offers an array of bars and restaurants where live Irish music can be found every night.
After a lovely warm-up day seeing the sights of Killarney National Park, the routes follow quiet country roads and lanes (boreens in Irish), passing dramatic mountains, sparkling blue loughs, boulder-strewn fields, lush green meadows, fast running rivers and spectacular beaches and bays. This small corner of Ireland is quite rightly famous but still holds on to its traditions and general rural feel – with enough sites to explore for longer than one week. From 19th century Muckross House to the UNESCO World Heritage (and, more recently, of Star Wars fame), Skellig Islands.
You’ll stay in a mix of bed and breakfasts, where you’ll enjoy an Irish breakfast (one which is quirky and located off-the-beaten-track on the banks of the Curragh river) and an historic hotel. Along with the stunning scenery, you’ll receive a hearty welcome everywhere you stay.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights accommodations, hotel-to-hotel
  • All breakfasts and one evening meal
  • High quality bike with panniers
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • Luggage Transfers
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • The Ring of Kerry – the ‘real’ Ireland, away from the crowds in beautiful scenery
  • Our cycle routes feature a quieter mix of inland and coastal routes
  • 10,000 years of dramatic history – an early Celtic tribe settled in the area around 300BC
  • The Gap of Dunloe – a magnificent glaciated valley
  • The stunning Three Lakes of Killarney in Killarney National Park – look out for native red deer
  • This trip is also available as a six-night tour, staying just one night at Killarney at the beginning of the holiday
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Killarney

    Check into your B+B and then explore the town, choosing from one of its many restaurants for dinner or enjoying some live music.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Killarney National Park 21km/13.5mi

    A short warm-up ride through the stunning Killarney National Park follows a series of cycle trails where you’ll see the meeting of the waters where two of the ’Three Lakes of Killarney’ converge. Marvel at Torc Waterfall, the second highest in Ireland, visit Muckross House and its magnificent gardens, looking out for the famous red deer.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Killarney to Glenbeigh 53km/33.5mi

    Leaving Killarney behind, you’ll follow the Fossa Way cycle route, before heading on small country roads as you slowly climb up to the pretty Lough Acoose, below the peak of Carrauntuohill, Ireland’s highest mountain. Descending, you’ll cycle along the shores of Lough Caragh and on to charming Glenbeigh and its blue flag beach. If you have time, pedal down to Rossbeigh Strand and dip your toes in the Atlantic.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen 38km/24mi

    You’ll follow the route of the coast today, passing small farms and on to the beautiful and peaceful shores of Kells Bay. Heading along a scenic narrow road fringed by large green meadows and peaks in the distance, a circular loop at the end takes you past Ballycarbery Castle and a wonderful seaside view and two early Christian stone forts. You’ll arrive in the lively town of Cahersiveen, the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell, the Irish political leader (1775-1847).

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Cahersiveen to Blackstones Bridge 40km/25mi

    Leaving Cahersiveen on the old road you’ll pass the ruins of Daniel O’Connell’s birth home, before heading back inland where you’ll see ruined abbeys and ancient graveyards. After a short descent, a climb up and over the stunning Ballaghasheen Pass will reward you with views back to Killarney and Ireland’s highest mountain. A long descent on narrow roads alongside a gushing river takes you to Blackstones Bridge and your quirky and welcoming B+B for the night.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Blackstones Bridge to Kenmare 42km/26.5mi

    Another stunning rural ride today as you head up and over the spectacular Ballaghbeama Gap; you are more likely to encounter sheep on the roads than vehicles. The road takes you through boulder-strewn countryside, cycling by small lakes, following the Blackwater River. Your day finishes in the beautiful town of Kenmare, also called ’the gateway to Kerry’, and your luxury guesthouse for the night.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Kenmare to Killarney 54km/34mi

    As final bike rides go, they don’t get much better than this. You’ll cycle to Moll’s Gap – a panoramic spot that reaches a summit of 860 feet – and continue to the Black Valley. This is one of the last remaining areas of Ireland that is still remote and untouched; with rich fertile meadows and a roaring river, it feels like a land that time forgot. From here you’ll climb to one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, the Gap of Dunloe, which was created during the Ice Age. Cycling along this glaciated valley, you’ll meander around the many glacial lakes dotted throughout and marvel at the sheer jagged rock faces towering above you. You’ll head back into Killarney through the National Park, passing the 15th century Ross Castle, before returning to your B+B for your last night (and perhaps a final Guinness).

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave Killarney

    Taxi (pay locally) to Killarney Station for your onward journey, or perhaps enjoy extra nights in Killarney to finish your trip. This trip is also available as a six-night tour, staying just one night at Killarney at the beginning of the holiday. In addition it is easy to add extra nights in all of the towns – perhaps you’d like to visit Valencia Island or take a boat trip to the Skellig Islands. Just ask your sales adviser to arrange.

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Where you stay
Abbey Lodge
Abbey Lodge offers guests complimentary WiFi, spacious en-suite rooms, and onsite car parking. The large rooms have a power shower, radio, and a TV. Each also includes a safety deposit box, a work desk, and ironing facilities. Abbey Lodge is an ideal base for exploring all that Killarney and County Kerry has to offer. Killarney National Park is home to Muckross House, Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, and Torc Waterfall. Killarney Racecourse and the INEC are both within a 10-minute walk.
The Towers Hotel
The Towers Hotel is centrally located in the small village of Glenbeigh. This historic hotel was built in 1895 in the late Victorian style. Throughout the years it has hosted many famous people and it is where the cast of Ryan’s Daughter (filmed locally) stayed when filming. The famous Irish artist Marshall C Hutson, spent a lot of time here drawing inspiration for his famous pieces. The hotel has a traditional feel to it, and offers recently refurbished large rooms, and there is a large lounge area and ample gardens. The hotel boasts an a la carte restaurant or you can enjoy less formal dining in its adjoining pub. They serve a full Irish breakfast and offer an accompanying cold buffet. WiFi is free in the public areas including the pub. Glenbeigh is lovely small village with a couple of pubs and restaurants, the nearby Rossbeigh Strand is one on the nicest beaches in the region.
Hotel Glenbeigh
The family run Glenbeigh Hotel is located in the seaside village of Glenbeigh on the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula. The hotel started life back in 1792 as a stage coach inn and it retains many of its period features. Today it is a cosy and friendly place to stay, with just 12 bedrooms. It boasts lovely gardens to the rear along with a gastrobar and a restaurant with views onto the gardens.
Ring of Kerry Hotel
The ideally located family owned Ring of Kerry hotel offers a warm welcome from friendly, helpful staff. The 23 comfortable rooms all come with DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities and wifi. Enjoy a drink and the craic at John D’s, the popular lobby bar which has an Irish pub atmosphere and live entertainment. Alternatively, there is locally produced contemporary Irish food served in the Restaurant.
Blackstones House
Blackstones House is a lovely, quirky B+B, set in a rural area on the banks of the River Curragh. You will be afforded a warm welcome by your hosts. The rooms are well-appointed with panoramic views of the river, mountains and woodlands together with the soothing sound of Blackstones Falls. They also have tea coffee making facilities. There is free Wi-Fi, a small lounge with a TV and some seating outside. If you have some free time there are some nice trails in the woods just across the Blackstones Bridge. Or simply enjoy a drink looking over the fast-running river. Dinner is served in the small dining room, a hearty 3-course meal using their own, and local, produce. Expect a large Irish breakfast the next morning.
Rockcrest House
Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, the Rockcrest Bed Breakfast offers clean, modern, spacious rooms and a very warm welcome from hosts Marian and David O’Dwyer. Excellent full Irish breakfasts are cooked to order using local produce. Situated within a 5 minute walk to Kenmare and a choice of pubs and restaurants for evening meals.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and one evening meal included.

Irish food is not exactly famous, but what you will find is extremely good ingredients used to create basic and classic dishes, both Kerry beef and Kerry lamb, are certainly well known all over Ireland and further afield. You will see rack of lamb, lamb stew and shepherd’s pie, in most places. The county’s other basket is the Atlantic Ocean, and its rivers and loughs. Sea bream and Sea Bass are popular.Trout and Salmon can be served in many different ways, and there is an abundance of shell fish, local chowders are excellent and look out for crab gratin.

Wine is readily available but of course one of the symbols of Ireland is Guinness, and we can say from experience that it tastes better in Ireland, but if have a thirst after a long walk, beware the Guinness is not poured quickly, many might say there is a certain amount of time you need to leave after filling the glass halfway up the harp. However it should be left until you see a vivid distinction between the dark body and the creamy white head. Only then can the rest of the glass be filled. Learning from the locals, you should order your second pint before you have finished your first!

Craft beer is making a name for itself in Ireland and there are some excellent local ones. Then there is the Irish whiskey, the famous one being Bushmills and Jameson’s, and there are many local whiskies for you to try, the Dingle distillery produces a good whiskey and an excellent gin.

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 45km (28 miles).
No. of days cycling: 6  (including 1 optional ride)
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet tarmac roads and lanes.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Overall Rating
4/5
Reviewed On 30/09/2019
4/5

Ms Miller

Ring of Kerry's scenery and hospitality is wonderful - extremely earthy and heartening. You truly feel connected to both the people and the land through this experience. The riding is by no means for the faint hearted though. The hills over mountain passes are challenging, particularly with Ireland's wet and windy conditions. You will need to be fit, resilient and prepared to be wet!. Bring wet weather gear. The rewards are significant though - a sense of achievement and a highly authentic cultural experience riding through Irelands farmlands, history and natural landscapes.

Reviewed On 03/09/2018
4/5

Mr Philips

Ireland is stunningly beautiful. Cycle paths were quiet. Accommodation was fantastic with very friendly and helpful Irish hosts who made you feel most welcome.

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