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Kerry & Beara Self-Guided Bicycle Tour (10 Nights)

Tour code: SWISG10

Tour Overview

This ten night itinerary starting and finishing in Killarney explores the spectacular Iveragh Peninsula (of Ring of Kerry fame) and the lesser-known, but equally beautiful Beara Peninsula to the south.

From the start point in Killarney, the first ride takes you east and inland to Gougane Barra Lake. The next leg takes you west to meet the coast at Bantry for a two night stopover. The loop ride from here explores the Mizen head Peninsula. Leaving Bantry you follow the coast to Glengarriff and then ride west along the southern shore of the Beara Peninsula to Castletown Bere. After riding around the tip of the peninsula you then climb over the Healy Pass en route to Kenmare for a two night halt.

There are several options for the loop ride. Leaving Kenmare you ride west on the famous Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh peninsula. The resort of Waterville at the western end of the peninsula is the next two night stopover. The loop from here takes you around Valentia Island with the option to take a boat trip out to the Skelligs. The next leg takes you through the interior of the peninsula to Glenbeigh. Finally you cycle around the lakes and return to Killarney.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page
The itinerary follows in order routes C, E, F, G, H, K, L, M and N
This tour is rated B – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • The beauty of Gougane Barra Lake
  • A visit to Bantry House
  • The views from Mizen Head
  • The quiet beauty of the Sheeps Head Peninsula
  • The cable car access to Dursey Island
  • Riding over the spectacular Healy Pass
  • The huge variety of plants in the Derreen Gardens
  • Staigue Fort – the finest ring fort in Ireland
  • Valentia Island
  • The wonderful ride around the shores of Lough Curane


  • Gougane Barra Lake
  • Kerry Coastline
  • Kerry Cycling
  • Kerry In Tandem
  • Kerry Wildlife
  • Puffin Island
  • Riding On The Beach
  • Ruined Cottage
  • Staigue Fort
  • Stopping!


  • To extend the itinerary an additional night in Killarney at the beginning or at the end of the riding is a good choice.
  • A second night in Castletown Bere gives the opportunity for a more relaxed exploration of the western end of the Beara Peninsula.

Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at KILLARNEY          
2 route C Killarney Gougane Barra    
Killarney National Park; Lough Allua; Gougane Barra Forest Park
3 route E Gougane Barra Bantry    
Bantry House; Armada Exhibition; Sheeps Head Peninsula
4 route F Bantry Bantry  
Mizen Head; Skull; Ballydehob
5 route H* Bantry Castletownbere  
Glengarriff; Garinish Island; Dunboy Castle
6 route J Castletownbere Kenmare    
Dursey Island; Eyeries; Ardgroom
7 route K Kenmare Kenmare  
Druid's Circle; Kilgarven Motor Museum
8 route L* Kenmare Cahirciveen    
Ring of Kerry; Staigue Fort; Derrynane House; Waterville
9 route M Cahirciveen Cahirciveen  
Coolmanspig Pass; Valentia Island; Skellig Islands
10 route N Cahirciveen Killarney    
Balligisheen Pass; Lough Caragh; Kate Kearney's Cottage
11 depart from KILLARNEY        

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
basic cost per person sharing
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
pannier rental per pair
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
additional charge per rider

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