Our West Cork Coastline Guided Cycling Tour travels quiet roads lined with wild, deeply scented flowers, this tour covers all types of landscape, from rolling green fields to spectacular coastal rides.
West Cork is also best known for its colourful villages all of which are brightly painted in a wonderful array of vibrant colours, with wonderful hanging baskets brimming with flowers out the front of every pub and shop. This is the more cosmopolitan part of rural Ireland with many choosing to settle in this idyllic setting. This tour finishes in the colourful town of Kinsale, easily accessible to Cork Airport and city.MAKE AN ENQUIRY
Day 1 – Saturday
As with each of our tours, the week starts with a meeting of the group at 6.30pm, in a hotel close to the centre of Cork City.
Day 2 – Sunday
We head out by the banks of the Lee and travel along quiet back roads to a lunch stop in the market town of Macroom. In the afternoon we continue up the Lee Valley through rolling countryside to the wonderfully peaceful Lakeside retreat of Gougane Barra , the source of the River Lee and Irelands first National Park.
Day 3 – Monday
We cycle down to the coast past fields of grazing cattle and sheep to the coastal town of Bantry for lunch. In the afternoon we head out to the beautiful Sheeps Head Peninsula and cycle along quiet coastal roads with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. That night you have a home cooked dinner in your guesthouse.
Day 4 – Tuesday
We cycle onto the Mizen Peninsula in the morning and the village of Schull. After lunch you can either cycle the coast road or else take a ferry across Roaring water Bay (it is usually quite calm!) to the village of Baltimore.
Day 5 – Wednesday
Baltimore is a lovely village to potter around for the day or else you can take off to explore the nearby islands and countryside.
Day 6 – Thursday
In the morning we cycle along quiet backroads to the peaceful Lough Ine and then follow the West Cork coast to the village of Glandore where we have lunch overlooking the beautiful Glandore Harbour with its two islands, Adam and Eve. In the afternoon we visit a 3,000 year old stone circle , one of the best examples of its kind in the country, before following another scenic coastal cycle to the bustling town of Clonakilty.
Day 7- Friday
In the morning we follow the coast road before heading inland to the village of Timoleague, where you can visit a 15th Century Franciscan Friary. After lunch we continue to hug the coastline all the way to the historic town of Kinsale, site of the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 . Kinsale is a very colourful cosmopolitan town with a wide range of excellent craft shops. Later that evening we have a final farewell night out on the town together.
Day 8 – Departure Day
In the morning you are free to make your own way back to Cork City which is 18 miles away.
This itinerary can also be offered as a self-guided cycling holiday on request.
Day 2 – 42 miles / 67 kms
Day 3 – 27 miles / 43 kms
Day 4 – 16 miles / 26 kms
Day 6 – 36 miles / 57.5 kms
Day 7 – 36 miles / 57.5 kms