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Ring of 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.

Riding south from the town of Killarney you cross over the Roughty River on Morley’s Bridge and start a gradual ascent on tiny country roads, before eventually arriving in the scenic Gougane Barra.  From there you head north toward Glengariff, where you have the option of taking the boat out to Garinish Island.  From Glengariff you head along the beautiful shoreline of the Beara Peninsula toward the pretty town of Kenmare.  Riding West from Kenmare you on the legendary Ring of Kerry route that follows a circular path around the Iveragh Peninsula.  Yu arrive that evening in the popular Waterville town for a two night stay, including various options for loop rides.  Finally, you head inland via quiet country lanes to head toward your final destination of Killarney.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.

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 Start Stay Core route Other options En Route
→ km ↑ m longer shorter
1 - Killarney - - - -  
2 Killarney Gougane Barra 56 766   Killarney National Park, Roughty River, Lough Allua, Gougane Barra Forest Park
3 Gougane Barra Glengarriff 57 508 Sheeps Head Peninsula, Bantry, Garinish Island
4 Glengarriff Kenmare 58 659 Healey Pass, Dereen Gardens,
5 Kenmare Waterville 62 748     Ring of Kerry, Staigue Fort, Derrynane House
6 Waterville Waterville 51 628 Portmagee, The Skellig Experience, Valentia Island
7 Waterville Killarney 62 570   Ballaghisheen Pass, Glencar, Gap of Dunloe

Day-by-Day Summary

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
Basic cost per person sharing 720*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 190
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 125
Road Bike 180
Pannier rental per pair 10
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 300
Each additional person 20

* Prices for solo travellers are on request

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