8 Day Escorted or Independent Tour This tour offers arguably the most spectacular landscape in the country and is home to Ireland’s highest mountain range. Each day presents you with even more stunning scenery as you cycle through majestic mountain ranges and beautiful lakes coloured by the yellow gorse and purple heather that grows everywhere. […]
8 Day Escorted or Independent Tour
This tour offers arguably the most spectacular landscape in the country and is home to Ireland’s highest mountain range. Each day presents you with even more stunning scenery as you cycle through majestic mountain ranges and beautiful lakes coloured by the yellow gorse and purple heather that grows everywhere. We avoid the main roads around the Ring of Kerry by taking you on some beautiful quiet backroads that intersect the Iveragh and DinglePeninsulas.
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrive in Killarney
On arrival in our starting point, the town of Killarney, you can check into our guesthouse and relax for the rest of the day exploring the town.
Killarney to Sneem 47km
The tour starts off by following a cycle track into the beautiful grounds of Muckross House. Located on the grounds is a Franciscan Abbey founded in the 15th Century, it is now in ruins but is beautifully situated with a large yew tree rising up through the cloisters. After a stroll around the celebrated Muckross gardens there follows a wonderful cycle along a quiet cyclepath between two of the Killarney lakes before you return to the main road. A steady climb follows to your lunch stop at Molls Gap where you are rewarded with a delicious food in the restaurant with its beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon you cycle to Sneem looking out over panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Sneem to Glenbeigh 51km
Avoiding the main Ring of Kerry road we cycle across the peninsula. Passing along quiet country roads with stunning views of the surrounding mountains we climb to the beautiful Gap of Ballaghbearna and descend the other side into another valley with views of Carrauntoohil, Irelands highest mountain. After lunch there is a wonderful cycle through quiet fields and over old stone bridges before coming to Caragh Lake. Following the lakeside you then head west to the seaside village of Glenbeigh where you spend the night in a comfortable Hotel.
Glenbeigh to Dingle 47km
You start the day with a short taxi trip to the Dingle where you will be basing ourselves for two nights. After getting back on the bikes you then follow the Slea Head Route around the tip of the Dingle peninsula. This is one of the highlights of the tour with a wide variety of archaeological sites to visit along the route and some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in the country.
Day 5 Rest Day in Dingle
A wide variety of activities can be organised from the town. You can join an archaeological bus tour of the peninsula or you can swop your bike saddle for a horse saddle and go horse riding. There are boat trips to the largest of the Blasket islands with its wonderful walking trails offering the most magnificent views of Dingle Bay . You can also take a boat trip to see “Fungi”, the Dingle Dolphin or simply potter around the town with its many shops and aquarium. Finally for those with stiff limbs there is also a massage centre in which to pamper yourself.
Dingle to Killorglin 69km
The morning starts with a long steady climb up to the Conor Pass with its stunning views of Mount Brandon and the coastline in the distance. There follows a wonderful descent and then a nice flat cycle along the coast to the village of Camp where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon you head straight into the mountains and traverse the peninsula heading up over one side of the mountains to magnificent views of the other side of the peninsula with Dingle Bay and Irelands highest mountain range stretching out in front of you. you then descend down the other side and cycle the final stretch to your night stop in the village of Milltown.
Killorglin to Killarney 64km
You continue along backroads to Killorglin and then onto Kate Kearneys Cottage where you can stop for a cup of tea. You then enter the final highlight of the tour, the Gap of Dungloe a place you will never forget. Coming out of the gap you have an incredible view looking down the Black Valley before following a small quiet route through a peaceful valley surrounded by green fields full of grazing sheep. You climb out of the valley to return to Molls Gap where you had lunch on the first day. After lunch there is a wonderful freewheel back down to Killarney where you spend your last night on the tour.
Your tour ends today after breakfast
|Tour Rating- moderate to hilly|
The roads are all sealed and the route is designed to ensure that you spend most of the week on quiet back roads, away from the main tourist routes. This is one of the hillier tours so a good level of fitness is required.
Airport / Transfers
The nearest international airport is Shannon, with Dublin a little further away. Buses depart each city to Galway on a regular basis. There is also a regular train service from Dublin to Galway. Schedules are provided in your tour package.
Escorted Tours Schedule & Price
|2015 Departures:||June 6||July 25||August 15|
Contact us regarding availability at info@ADVENTOURUS.com
|Price per person||CAD $1180|
|High season surcharge for July & August departures||$50|
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Independent Tours Schedule & Price
This tour starts daily from April through October, except on escorted tour start dates.
|Price per person||CAD $1340|
|High season surcharge (July & August)||$50|
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