Introducing a brand new place to place self-guided leisure holiday that will see you exploring the beautiful West Cork coastline in Ireland.
The route will take you along the dramatic coastline; a landscape that will constantly be changing as you traverse through peaceful river valleys and ride alongside the vast Atlantic Ocean. With several of your overnight stops located along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Longest Coastal Route, it’s the perfect way to explore the incredible scenery this part of Ireland has to offer, allowing you to really soak in this area of strong traditions, ancient culture and relics from Ireland's past including standing stones, stone circles and medieval architecture. The official Wild Atlantic Way cycling route generally sticks to the main roads, but our itinerary takes you away wherever possible from the busier roads, and allows you to experience the beauty of the route using quieter roads.
Your adventure will start in Killarney, a wonderful town surrounded by waterfalls, lakes and woods beneath a backdrop of 1000m-plus peaks. If you have time you may be able to squeeze in a warm up ride, exploring the simply beautiful Killarney National Park, home to the 15th Century Muckross Abbey and the 19th Century Muckross House.
Your first day on the bikes will take you to Kenmare, a haven of gourmet food, lovely accommodation, and peaceful scenes. Make sure you try out one of the delicious local restaurants, and have a stroll around the picturesque shops, perfect for picking up a postcard to send back home.
After you've had your fill in Kenmare, you'll travel along to Bantry in West Cork, a modern harbour town, and from here you'll cycle on beautiful country roads, flanked on either side by bluebells and fuchsias, before arriving at the wonderful town of Skibbereen. Skibbereen is located right on the bank of the River Ilen and is known as the 'hub' of West Cork. Your next stop in Kinsale is located at the start (or end!) of the Wild Atlantic Way and is famous for its colourful streets and long history. It is a vibrant coastal town bursting with personality, fuelled by great people, food and culture. Don't forget to try the world famous fish and chips in this beautiful seaside town!
Your final stop is Cork; the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, with a maritime history spanning over a thousand years. There is plenty to do in the city of Cork with historic forts and churches, regional parks, and a great deal of shopping for souvenirs and more! After a wonderful final breakfast in Cork, it's time to say slán to West Cork and your Irish adventure.