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Kerry Self-Guided Bicycle Tour (7 Nights)

Tour code: SWISG7

Tour Overview

This itinerary, starting and finishing in Killarney, concentrates on the Iveragh peninsula – renowned in particular for the spectacular coastal scenery on the Ring of Kerry. This tour will appeal to those who have done some bicycle touring before and who enjoy the challenge of a few hills.

From the start point in Killarney the first ride takes you south over the Gap of Dunloe to Kenmare for a two night stopover. 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. The final ride takes you around the lakes and returns you to Killarney.

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

Ten highlights

  • Touring Muckross House in Killarney
  • Riding through the Gap of Dunloe
  • A boat trip to view the gardens on Garinish Island
  • Staigue Fort – the finest ring fort in Ireland
  • The beautiful strand at Waterville
  • Derrynane House, ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator
  • Ross Castle
  • Enjoying the traditional music sessions in Kenmare’s lively pubs
  • A trip to the Skellig Islands
  • The fabulous views of McGillicuddy’s Reeks


  • Gap Of Dunloe
  • Gougane Barra
  • Healy Pass
  • Kerry Coast
  • Kerry In Tandem
  • Kerry Lake
  • Bantry House
  • Ross Castle
  • Skellig Michael
  • Slea Head


  • To extend the itinerary an additional night in Killarney at the beginning or at the end of the riding is a good choice.

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 D Gougane Barra Kenmare    
Glangarriff; Garinish Island
4 route K Kenmare Kenmare  
Druid's Circle; Kilgarven Motor Museum
5 route L* Kenmare Cahirciveen    
Ring of Kerry; Staigue Fort; Derrynane House; Waterville
6 route M Cahirciveen Cahirciveen  
Coolmanspig Pass; Valentia Island; Skellig Islands
7 route N Cahirciveen Killarney    
Balligisheen Pass; Lough Caragh; Kate Kearney's Cottage
8 depart from KILLARNEY        

Tour Costs

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

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