Pedal the Peninsula, the Dingle Peninsula. Cycle the most spectacular landmass jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean on the most westerly point of Europe.
Immerse yourself in the area renowned for its rugged beauty and rich in traditions. Learn to speak some native Irish as you cycle into the Gaelic speaking area, home to more antiquities, historic sites and mountain scenery than any other part of Ireland.
Cycling from Killarney and its National Park through the Reeks District and onward west, enjoy the lively town of Dingle with its many pubs, craft shops and restaurants before conquering the spine of the Peninsula on saddle, only to discover even more beauty on the other side before returning back to Killarney.MAKE AN ENQUIRY
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Welcome to Killarney and ‘The Kingdom’ of Kerry. On arrival you may have some time to wander around the beautiful town centre or have a quick walk in Killarney House & Gardens before settling into your accommodation. Relax and take time to read through your cycle pack, notes and maps for your week ahead.
Overnight in Killarney.
Day 2 – Killarney to Killorglin
Total distance 42kms/26 miles.
Collect your bike this morning close to your accommodation and test it out before setting off. Your first cycle takes you through the wonderland that is Killarney National Park before cycling through the Reeks District and Killorglin, geographically situated in the heart of Kerry and home of Puck Fair.
Overnight in Killorglin.
Day 3 – Killorglin – Dingle
Total distance 54kms/33 miles.
Leaving Killorglin (probably a little bit bemused after learning the story of Puck Fair!) continue your cycle west and onto the Dingle Peninsula. Passing the stunning Inch Beach, you may like to have your first dip in the Atlantic before cycling onwards along the wild Atlantic coastline of Dingle Bay, to the colourful fishing port of Dingle with its many craft shops, restaurants, pubs and of course its very own Fungi the Dolphin. Overnight in Dingle (3 nights).
Day 4 – Dingle Peninsula – Slea Head Circuit
Distance 45km/28 miles
Today’s route is a looped cycle which takes you around the renowned Slea Head in Dunquin, “the nearest parish to America”. This cycle could very well leave you with a crick in the neck, with spectacular views of the coast and the Blasket Islands, along with numerous archaeological sites to explore. This is one of the few remaining areas where the Gaelic (Irish) language is still spoken in the home.
Day 5 – Rest Day/Option cycles
Today is the day to do as you please. You may like to try the optional cycle or take a boat ride to see Fungi, Dingle’s own dolphin. A visit the Blasket Islands can be arranged through your host or Dingle Tourist office. Take time to enjoy the various craft shops, restaurants and pubs in Dingle or just rest those legs and relax!
Day 6 – Dingle – Castlegregory
Distance 24km/15 miles or 37km/23 miles
This morning’s cycle is a tough but hugely rewarding one! Today you cycle over the highest road pass in Ireland, the Conor Pass, and over the spine of the Dingle Peninsula to reach the golden beaches of the Maharees Peninsula. The most memorable views will appear to carry you through, so make sure to take your time and enjoy every second before reaching Castlegregory.
Overnight in Castlegregory.
Day 7 – Castlegregory-Killarney
Distance 48kms/30 miles
Your last cycle once again starts with a mountain pass, back over the spine of the peninsula. However, today’s cycle is along less-travelled, quieter backroads. Enjoy the final leg along the inner end of Dingle Bay and back into Killarney.
Overnight in Killarney
Day 8 – Departure Day
Enjoy your final hot cooked Irish breakfast and you’re ready to go. Killarney bus and train stations provide several transfer options for you to continue on your journey. Slán abhaile – safe home!