Our West Cork and Kerry Guided Cycling Tour covers some of the most spectacular scenery that Ireland has to offer.
Shortly after leaving Killarney you will find yourself cycling between the majestic lakes that have made this area so famous to be shortly followed by a climb up to Molls gap with its wonderful views of the Macgillycuddyreeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. The rest of the week involves more of the same stunning scenery with a wonderful coastal cycle along Kenmare Bay and the twisted mountains of the Beara Peninsula.
This summer we are staying on the beautiful Beara Peninsula for our rest day in Castletownbere . Towards the end of the week we head inland and stay at a beautiful Lakeside retreat of Gougane Barra at the source of the River Lee. On the final day we cycle up over the wild and isolated hills of the Coolea region before returning to Killarney.MAKE AN ENQUIRY
Day 1 – Saturday
Meet in the centre of Killarney with the tour guide and the rest of the group.
Day 2 – Sunday
We set out on a cycle lane, which winds through Muckross National Park. In the afternoon, the road climbs in the shadow of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, before we freewheel down to the coastal village of Kenmare, where we stay the night.
Day 3 – Monday
We leave Kerry by cycling along the coast road of the remote Beara Peninsula, where we stay in the beautiful village of Eyeries.
Day 4 – Tuesday
In the morning we continue to follow the beautiful coastline of the Beara Peninsula all the way to Castletownbere , where we spend the next two days. You have the option of spending that afternoon in Castletownbere or you can take a circular trip that brings you around the Beara Way, a wonderful quiet ride with an ever changing landscape.
Day 5 – Wednesday
A wide variety of activities can be organised from the town. You can take a ferry across to Bear Island and spend the day exploring it by bike. You can also visit the nearby ruins of Dunboy Castle and Puxley Manor located in a wonderful setting by the sea. Finally for those who are feeling fit there is a challenging hike up the Hungry Hill, offering the most spectacular views of Bantry Bay. Alternatively you could just spend the afternoon pottering around the village.
Day 6 – Thursday
We cycle inland to our hotel in Gougane Barra, which is in isolated splendor, over-looking the lake in this dramatic glacial valley. It is Irelands first National Park and the source of the River Lee. This is a beautifully peaceful place and an ideal setting for your last night in the country before you head back to the hussle and bustle of the great metropolis of Killarney!
Day 7 – Friday
Heading homeward on little-known roads with swimming stops in river pools along the way, we return to Killarney for a final evening meal together and a night on the town.
Day 8 – Departure Day
After breakfast you are free to head your separate ways.
This itinerary can also be offered as a self-guided cycling holiday on request.
Day 2 – 23 miles / 37 km
Day 3 – 32 miles / 51 km
Day 4 – 25 miles / 40 km
Day 5 – 22 miles / 35 km
Day 6 – 21 miles / 34 km
Day 7 – 35 miles / 57 km