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Walking and Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way

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County Kerry contains some of Ireland’s most iconic scenery, with sea cliffs carved by the wild Atlantic Ocean, and soft golden baches, emerald-green farmland criss-crossed by stone walls, mist-shrouded bogs and cloud-torn mountain peaks.

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All about the Walking and Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way.

Kerry is the proud owner of Ireland’s 10 highest peaks and a vast national park containing the country’s oldest oak forests. A haven for hikers and cyclists, with magnificent views of land and sea at every turn. Kerry also boasts an abundance of welcoming towns, B+Bs and cosy pubs in which to rest weary feet. Admirably referred to by locals as ‘The Kingdom’, Kerry will give you a striking, authentic and truly memorable experience of Ireland with its astonishing natural beauty, enriched by the warm welcome of its people.
The Wild Atlantic Way spans the full Western coast of Ireland and on this holiday you explore its wonderful Southern peninsula. With one of the country’s finest national parks as its backyard, the lively tourism hub of Killarney is often the starting point for Kerry’s two famed loop drives: the larger Ring of Kerry skirts the mountainous, island-fringed Iveragh Peninsula. The more compact Dingle Peninsula is like a condensed version of its southern neighbour, with ancient Christian sites, sandy beaches and glimpses of a hard, unforgiving land. Killarney’s exquisite beauty makes it one of Kerry’s most popular tourist destinations. We ensure you escape from the crowds, along a mountain pass, an isolated cove or an untrodden trail.

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 hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of HHH, *** and **** hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Route directions and maps 
  • High quality bikes
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Boat trip from Ross Castle on Killarney’s lakes
  • GPS directions and GPS device (on loan) with App
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Electric bikes available (at a supplement)
  • 2nd boat trip into Dingle harbor in search of Dingle’s most famous resident ‘Fungi’ the Bottlenose Dolphin

Highlights

  • Cycle through the stunning Gap of Dunloe
  • Boat trip from Ross Castle through the three lakes of Killarney to Lord Brandon’s cottage.
  • Optional 2nd boat trip into Dingle harbour in search of Dingle’s most famous resident ‘Fungi’ the Bottlenose Dolphin
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Killarney - optional 21km/13mi cycle

    Check into the Abbey Lodge B+B where you stay for 3 nights and discover the delights of Killarney. Or if you have time enjoy a circular route to Killarney National Park, cycling to Muckross Lake; one of the famous 3 lakes of Killarney, 15th century Muckross Abbey and 19th century Muckross House with renowned and beautiful gardens. Following your cycle return to Killarney to enjoy this vibrant town for your first overnight stop.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Ross Castle and the Lakes of Killarney - 24km/15mi cycle

    Cycle to the 15th century Ross Castle once home to The O’Donovan Rossa Clan who ruled these lands in bygone times. You will enjoy a scenic boat trip through the three Lakes of Killarney to finish at the Lord Brandon’s cottage, stopping perhaps at the cafe here for lunch or a coffee. Cycle through the glaciated valleys of the stunning Gap of Dunloe with glistening mountain lakes with jagged rock faces before returning via the spectacular Killarney National Park. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of the native wild red deer.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Esknamucky Glen and Torc Waterfall - 10km/6mi walk

    A transfer to Glaways Bridge today and there are panoramic views of the Killarney lakes and mountains as you walk from Galway’s Bridge along the old Kenmare road through the Esknamucky Glen. It truly is one of Ireland’s premier walking routes. Finish by visiting the famous Torc waterfall before returning to Killarney.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Transfer to Dingle - optional 20km/12.5mi walk

    Todays transfer takes you to Bamburys in Dingle where you stay for 3 nights. Dingle is the South West’s home to traditional Irish music, language and culture and Gaelic is still the daily language of the locals. Enjoy this picturesque town full of true Irish tradition, perhaps visit the Dingle Whiskey, Gin and Vodka Distillery and sample the ’water of life’ or take a boat trip (payable locally) to see Fungi the resident bottlenose dolphin! Dingle’s most famous resident has been delighting visitors with his playful antics for many years.An optional walk from Annascaul to Dingle is also available – the taxi will drop you in Annascaul on the way from Killarney and your luggage will be transferred on to Bambury’s in Dingle.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Choice of cycle routes - 41km/25mi cycle

    Cycle west from Dingle via Ventry to Slea Head, with magnificent views and breath taking views across the Blasket Sound to the famous Blasket Island. Continue to Dunquinn and Ballyferriter before returning to Dingle. Alternatively, from Dunquinn harbour take the ferry (pay locally) to Great Blasket Island to explore this mystical and enchanting place.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Cycle to Ballydavid and on to Brandon Creek - 22km/14mi cycle

    Cycle north to the beautiful village of Ballydavid, one of the largest fishing ports in the region. Continue to Brandon Creek, the most westerly point of Ireland before returning to Dingle.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Walk to Annascaul Lake and Annascaul - 14km/9mi walk

    A wonderful walk along the Dingle Peninsula from North to South, following a spectacular old farmer’s track. You walk over the plateau, passing a deserted famine village and Annascaul Lake on the way before descending into your home for the last night in Annascaul at the southern foothills of the Slieve Mish Mountains

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave Annascaul

    After a final breakfast and farewell follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.

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.
Bamburys Guesthouse
This family-run guesthouse is located just 1 minutes’ walk from the heart of Dingle Town. All rooms are ensuite and are traditionally stylish and comfortable.
Teac Seain
Teac Seain is a family run Bar and B+B situated in Annascaul village, a peaceful tranquil area with beautiful walks and scenery to admire. A dream come true for the serious walker as Annascaul takes in the Dingle Way walkers route.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts 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.

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.

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.

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