- Visiting the 15th Century Muckross Abbey & the 19th Century Muckross House
- Cycling the foothills of Ireland’s highest Mountain – Carrantuohill
- Exploring the picturesque shores of Kells Bay
- Dining in cosy Irish Pubs
- Enjoying views over the spectacular Three Lakes of Killarney
- Riding through the renowned Gap of Dunloe
Today you arrive in the town of Killarney. You will be able to collect your hire bikes and all your route information on arrival. If you have time you will be able to squeeze in your first cycle of your trip! This loop ride allows you to explore the simply beautiful Killarney National Park, which is home to the 15th Century Muckross Abbey and the 19th Century Muckross House. After your visit to Killarney National Park you will head back to enjoy your first night in the bustling town of Killarney.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today’s route will take you around the foothills of the highest mountain in Ireland, Carrantuohill which towers above at a height of 1038m/3407ft. Leaving Killarney on traffic-free cycle paths through the National Park makes for a nice easy start to the day before transferring onto quiet country lanes that take you through rolling green hills. You’ll cycle past the beautiful Caragh Lake and Lough Acoose and lots of lush green scenery as you meander towards the coast. Tonight you will spend the night in the town of Glenbeigh, ‘The Jewel in the Ring of Kerry‘.
- Meals: Breakfast
As you leave Glenbeigh your route for the day will take you along scenic country roads. You will pass by the Gleensk Viaduct on a busier stretch of road before turning off again in favour of quieter tracks. The shores of Kells Bay is also a popular spot on this route, providing one of the most spectacular settings and scenery in Ireland. Exploring Kells Bay Gardens gives you the chance to have a break from the cycling and explore the sub-tropical plants that call the gardens their home.
As you continue west you will pass two ancient stone forts which date back to the Bronze Age. Be sure to take in the ancient history and beautiful views before making your way to the coastal town of Caherciveen and your base for the next two nights.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today is free to enjoy the incredible Kerry coastal scenery and there are lots of local sights and activities to pick from. We recommend taking the local ferry to Valentia Island where you can explore by bike, visit the stunning Kerry Cliffs and trace the history of the region back to the Knights of Kerry, or go even further back in time and visit Tetrapod Tracks that are 360 million years old! Representing the transition from water to land, this is the world’s most extensive collection of prints from this significant period of evolution and is well worth a visit.
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Today’s cycle takes you on one of the most glorious routes imaginable with an inland trip through the Inny Valley. With majestic views and valleys that take your breath away you won’t know which way to look! You will pass over the legendary Ballaghisheen Pass with its summit reaching 315m/1033ft.
Your day’s cycle will finish on the banks of the Blackstones River where you can settle in for the night with some delicious Irish food.
- Meals: Breakfast
Continuing through the heartland of Kerry you will enjoy the views across the Brida Valley as you meander your way along the quiet country roads to the spectacular Ballaghbeama Gap overlooking Cloon lake. Cycle through Irish peatland following the Blackwater River and enjoying the vista across Kenmare bay. Your day’s adventure finishes in the beautiful town of Kenmare, where you can enjoy one of the many top class restaurants or cosy pubs this town has to offer.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you cycle along backroads to the famous Moll’s Gap offering wonderful views over the spectacular Three Lakes of Killarney. From here you continue cycling to the Black Valley and through the renowned Gap of Dunloe, which formed in the last Ice Age 25,000 years ago. This glaciated valley is truly one of Ireland’s most magnificent places to cycle with the sheer jagged rock faces towering above you as you meander around the many glacial lakes dotted through the valley.
Your Irish cycling adventure returns you to Killarney via Lough Leane and views of Innisfallen island. Enjoy Killarney town for your final night and a fitting farewell to this memorable holiday.
The routes that you will be taking have been put together to take in points of interest, views and, as far as possible, quiet roads and cyclepaths. Although this trip mainly follows quiet country roads and tracks you will meet busier roads, particularly in and out of the towns and villages you will be staying in so this route is best suited to riders confident in some traffic. The riding is undulating and you can expect some climbs, particularly in the second half of the holiday. Although the tour is mostly on tarmac surfaces we’d recommend a hybrid bike for this tour as some of the most quiet roads and tracks can be uneven with broken tarmac in places.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Moderate/Active – Aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 holidays. Suitable for the leisure cyclist who rides frequently, and who’s comfortable with some moderately challenging climbs. Some of the terrain may vary, potentially including sections of uneven or unpaved ground.
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Holidays that are graded as a 3-4, will have aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 holidays. These tours are suitable for those who keep themselves relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on the bikes at the weekend. Your preference may be for flatter terrain, but you don’t mind tackling some hills, the occasional steep climb and some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc.). It might be however that on some days the distances will be longer than a standard grade 3 trip, or some of the climbs may be quite challenging. You may also require some previous experience of tackling some uneven / unpaved ground to comfortably and safely ride certain sections of the route.
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available from 01 Apr to 10 Oct.
2022 £1015 per person.
2023 £1120 per person.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in Premium B&Bs
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
F) GPX files available on request
What's not Included
A) Bike hire (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Single room (available if required)
D) Travel insurance
E) Meals not stated in the itinerary
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Travel to first hotel on arrival day
J) Travel from final hotel on departure day
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