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Southwest Ireland Self-Guided Bicycle Tour (14 nights)

Tour code: SWISG14

Tour Overview

This comprehensive itinerary encompasses all five peninsulas of the South West and includes McGillicuddy’s Reeks and Gougane Barra. Mizen Head, Sheeps Head, the Beara Peninsula, the Iveragh Peninsula and the Dingle Peninsula are explored in turn. This is a wonderful (and fairly challenging) itinerary.

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 Killorglin, from where you ride out along the southern shore of the Dingle Peninsula to the town of Dingle for a two night stopover. The scenery on the loop ride from Dingle is sublime! The last day's cycle takes you over the Conor Pass to the final destination in Tralee.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page
The itinerary follows routes A, C, E, F, H, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q and R
This tour is rated B – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • Visiting Killarney National Park
  • Gougane Barra Lake and Forest Park
  • The views from Mizen Head – Ireland’s most southerly point.
  • The quiet beauty of the Sheeps Head Peninsula
  • A visit to Bantry House
  • The wonderful ride over the Healy Pass
  • Traditional music sessions in Kenmare’s pubs
  • The breathtaking landscapes of the Dingle Peninsula
  • The Skellig Experience Centre
  • Gallarus Oratory

Gallery

  • Allihies
  • Ballyferriter
  • Beara Coast
  • Beara Riding
  • Brandon
  • Dingle Coastline
  • Dunquin Harbour
  • Gallus Oratory
  • Kerry Road
  • Slea Head
 

Options

  • 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 A Killarney Killarney  
Lake Leane; Killarney National Park; Muckross House; Ross Castle; Gap of Dunloe
3 route C Killarney Gougane Barra    
Killarney National Park; Lough Allua; Gougane Barra Forest Park
4 route E Gougane Barra Bantry    
Bantry House; Armada Exhibition; Sheeps Head Peninsula
5 route F Bantry Bantry  
Mizen Head; Skull; Ballydehob
6 route H* Bantry Castletownbere  
Glengarriff; Garinish Island; Dunboy Castle
7 route J Castletownbere Kenmare    
Dursey Island; Eyeries; Ardgroom
8 route K Kenmare Kenmare  
Druid's Circle; Kilgarven Motor Museum
9 route L* Kenmare Cahirciveen    
Ring of Kerry; Staigue Fort; Derrynane House; Waterville
10 route M Cahirciveen Cahirciveen  
Coolmanspig Pass; Valentia Island; Skellig Islands
11 route O Cahirciveen Killorglin      
Balligisheen Pass; Lough Caragh
12 route P Killorglin Dingle      
Inch Strand; Annascaul; Minard Castle; Oceanworld
13 route Q Dingle Dingle    
Dunbeg Fort; Beehive Dwellings; Slea Head; Blasket Centre; Gallarus Oratory
14 route R Dingle Tralee    
Conor Pass; Brandon Bay; Desmond Castle; Blennerville Windmill
15 depart from TRALEE          

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
basic cost per person sharing
1375
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
385
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
Hybrid
180
Road
260
pannier rental per pair
10
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
550
additional charge per rider
20

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