Ireland:

Kerry & Dingle Bike Tour


Seven days; six nights. Hilly cycling on paved roads around the Dingle Peninsula, through the Gap of Dunloe, and on Ring of Kerry sideroads, with a boat trip to the monastery on Skellig Michael.






Itinerary


Start: Limerick, The Savoy Hotel, 08:00, day one (or contact us for pickup from an alternate hotel). Limerick is accessible from the Dublin airport by direct bus; train connections are also available.


Finish: Limerick, before noon on day seven. Train connections available to Dublin.


Day 1

Introductions 26km

08:00 pickup in Limerick for transfer to a picnic lunch at Castlegregory. Begin cycling with a warm-up coastal stretch before the climb through Conor’s Pass and the descent into the harbor village of Dingle. You may start at the top of you prefer.
Pax House, Dingle

Day 2

34 km or 64 km plus extras

Ride to Ventry Bay and Slea Head. Stop to see Dunbeg Fort, beehive huts, and magnificent beaches on the western tip of the peninsula. On clear days, the views of the Skelligs are absolutely magnificent. Today’s long ride option takes you to Inch Strand and back.
Same lodging

Day 3

Boat trip to Skellig Michael

A transfer this morning will take you to the Island of Valencia on the Ring of Kerry. From there, you will take a short boat trip to Skellig Michael – a very isolated and precipitous island where the steep climb to the monastic retreat will be possible only if the weather is fit for landing. Later, at your inn, you will be able to enjoy the impressive gardens and may have time to explore the island by bike before dinner.
Glanleam House, Valencia Island

Day 4

76km

Today’s loop ride will take you to the outer part of the Ring of Kerry, then around the Skellig Loop. You’ll be able to stop in Waterville to explore lunch options - either a beach picnic or one of the many pubs and restaurants.
Same lodging

Day 5

63km

Take the Knightstown ferry from Valencia, and enjoy views of distant Dingle as you follow the coastal road to Caragh Lake. Turning inland, follow the lake to your tranquil lodge on its northern shore. If you plan ahead and arrive early, you can play a round of golf at Dooks Links. www.dooks.com
Carrig House, Killorglin

Day 6

92km

A level start today will take you to the charming and hilly road through the Gap of Dunloe, where you will share the road with horse-drawn carriages. After the Gap, you’ll circumnavigate MacGillicuddy’s Reeks on roads so lovely and well suited to cycling that you may just wish they’d go on forever.
Same lodging

Day 7

Farewell

Morning transfer to Killarney or Tralee. Optional transfer to Limerick or Shannon.





Description




Note about the route:

Hills and passes make this ride a wee bit challenging. There are long level rides as well as the hilly bits; 15-55 miles/day with many options for additional exploration.






The finest scenic rides in Ireland with an endless procession of views over the sea, some of the gentlest and most friendly people in the world, and an entertaining litany of historical fascinations make this a very rewarding journey. Country lanes lined with hedges of fuschia, bracken, broom, and heather overlook the coasts on isolated peninsulas. Beginning near Conor’s Pass, you will descend to the pretty seaport of Dingle. From there, enjoy a heavenly ride to Slea Head, where magnificent scenery and prehistoric sites will whet your appetite for what’s to come! Leaving Dingle, you’ll cross to the Ring of Kerr, where your lodge, overlooking the sea amidst ancient gardens with over 3000 species of tropical and boreal plants, is a private home with its own lighthouse. From there, you’ll take a boat to the precipitous monastic retreat of Skellig Michael – the island home of Coptic monks from 500 to 1200 A.D. despite frequent Viking raids. Gannets and puffins break the meditative solitude now. You will then traverse the interior of Kerry to one of the prettiest rides of all - through the Gap of Dunloe. The last ride is a long indulgence in the beauty surrounding MacGillicuddy’s Reeks – the highest mountains of Ireland. In one week, you’ll earn a true appreciation for why Ireland is loved by cyclists from all over the world!





Maps & Elevations






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Costs

Guided

US 3385 C 3995

(per person includes: 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners, 5 light picnic lunches, ferries, Skellig Michael entry fee, van & guide support, maps & route notes, taxes).

Self-Guided

US 2965 C 3495

(per person includes: 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage handling, maps & route notes, taxes)

Single Occupancy

US 575 C 675

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 190 C 225
Racing: US 250 C 295

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

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Custom or Private Tours

Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!



Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.