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Highlights of Kerry

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,285 P.P.
Ireland

Highlights of Kerry

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,285 P.P.
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Introducing a route of natural wonders and breathtaking scenery! The newest addition to our range of cycling holidays takes you round the County of Kerry exploring fabulous towns and villages and all the gorgeous scenery in between. Expect a real insight to the ancient heritage of Ireland and a good dose of Irish hospitality and culture on this ‘must do’ route.
Your trip will start and finish in the bustling town of Killarney. On the doorstep of the Killarney National Park, you are minutes away from exploring its magnificent three lakes and Muckross Abbey and House, the perfect place for a warm-up ride! Heading out of Killarney, the stunning route will take you through the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill, and the heart of County Kerry with dazzling views everywhere you go. Explore forts that date back to the Bronze Age, take in the ancient history of the towns you pass through, and enjoy plenty of local music and good food to fuel the ride.
The first half of the route meanders back and forth between the coast and lush green fields and forests giving great views of the cliffs and islands of the north west of the peninsula. After Caherviseen we take a turn inland to enjoy the quiet roads and mountain scenery - a real gem, seldom seen by Kerry's many visitors and where you can enjoy rural Ireland at its best. Travelling through the heart of Kerry you'll ride over the Ballaghisheen Pass where epic views of the valley below set the scene of what's to come. 
Perhaps saving the best for last, your final day takes you through Moll's Gap which rewards all the effort with a fabulous vista of Killarney’s Three Lakes before heading to the majestic Gap of Dunloe and a rewarding downhill pedal back to Killarney. This trip is a bucket list trip full of highlights that Skedaddle can certainly help you cross off and enjoy!

Highlights

  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Killarney
12 Miles / 19 Kms Approx.

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.

Day 2
Killarney to Glenbeigh
32 Miles / 52 Kms Approx.
  • 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‘.

Day 3
Glenbeigh to Caherciveen
23 Miles / 37.5 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 4
Valentia Island Loop
24 Miles / 39 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 5
Caherciveen to Blackstones Bridge
24 Miles / 38 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast

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.

Day 6
Blackstones Bridge to Kenmare
24 Miles / 39 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 7
Kenmare to Killarney
32 Miles / 51 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 8
Departure from Killarney
Non-Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

After filling your boots with your final full Irish Breakfast it is time to head home from the historic and magical lands of Kerry.

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The Cycling

Terrain

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.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 3-4 : Moderate/ Active

Aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips

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?

Trips that are graded as a 3-4, will have aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips. 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.

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Dates & Prices

2021 Daily departures available from 01 Apr to 10 Oct.

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$1,285.00

Whats Included Tick

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) GPS Unit or Navigation App available

What's not Included Cross

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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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to Killarney in Ireland for the start of your tour.

The local airport is Kerry (KIR) which is approximately 30mins away. You may want to consider flying into Cork (ORK) or Shannon (SNN) both approximately 2.5hrs away, or Dublin (DUB) approximately 4.5hrs away. There are lots of public transport options from all of these airports to Killarney, or we can quote and arrange for private airport transfers on request

For those arriving by car, you will be able to park your car free of charge in Killarney for the duration of your holiday.

Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the schedule.

Accommodation

In Ireland we use small, good quality premium B&Bs, pubs and guesthouses. Our accommodation for this trip provides good food and a friendly welcome after a day of cycling!

As with all of our trips we aim to use accommodation which showcases the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting. We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting such places.

Bike Hire

These bikes are typically a Ridgeback Tempest or a Focus Crater lake, or similar. These are high-quality, flat-bar hybrid bikes, with a wide range of gears. We also have electric bikes available to rent, if required.

Both standard and electric bikes will come equipped with pannier racks and 1 pannier bag, handle bar bag, water bottle holder and spare inner tubes. It is possible to bring along your own pedals and/or saddle on this trip, but please let us know in advance. Please note, some e-bikes are tubeless, and so in this case spare inner tubes won’t be provided.

If you would like to rent a helmet, we can provide these; please request helmets at the time of booking.

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