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Highlights of Kerry

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour




8 days

Prices from

$1,400 P.P.


This tour is well-suited to both normal bikes and pedal assist e-bikes and you can choose to hire either when you book your tour with us. Confident cyclists will enjoy the boost from a battery for those cheeky climbs, and with less effort required on the bike, you’ll have more energy at the end of the day for off-the-bike activities.


A route of natural wonders and breathtaking scenery! This is one of our two cycling holidays in Ireland, taking you around the County of Kerry, exploring fabulous towns and villages as you go. With many of your overnight stops located along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Longest Coastal Route, it’s the perfect way to explore the gorgeous scenery this part of Ireland has to offer. 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. 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, this 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 as well as forests giving great views of the cliffs and islands of the northwest 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!


  • 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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Day 1
Arrival in Killarney
(Optional Warm Up Loop) 12 Miles / 19 Kms Approx.
  • Ascent: 200 Metres 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
  • Ascent: 481 Metres Approx.

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 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 413 Metres Approx.

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
  • Ascent: 608 Metres Approx.

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 Sneem
33 Miles / 53 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 612 Metres Approx.

Today’s route takes you on coastal roads to your next destination; Sneem, passing through the quaint little town of Waterville on your way, the home away from home for Charlie Chaplin and his family throughout the 60’s.

Leaving Waterville you’ll take on the Coomaskista climb, to be awarded with stunning coastal vistas at the viewing point, before skirting the Derrynane coastline and beaches on your final push to Sneem.

Options to visit Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, one of Irelands most important historical figures.

Day 6
Sneem to Kenmare
21 Miles / 33 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 444 Metres Approx.

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
29 Miles / 47 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 626 Metres Approx.

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
  • 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


The routes 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’ll be riding on the N70 on day 5 from Caherciveen to Sneem which can get busy with traffic, so we’d recommend leaving early to avoid the busier times of the day. This route is best suited to riders confident in some traffic.

The riding is generally undulating, but you can expect some climbs, particularly on day 5 on the Coomaskista climb and throughout 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 roads and tracks can be uneven with broken tarmac in places.

An e-bike would be a great option, and highly recommended, for those looking for a boost up those tougher climbs in the second half of the holiday. For more information about riding an electric bike on our holidays please click here


Leisure Cycling Grade

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.

For more information about the grading of this holiday in particular, please check out the terrain section which will give you some specifics of what to expect on this tour.

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Dates & Prices

Daily departures available from 01 Apr to 10 Oct.

2024 $1400 per person.

If you’d like to upgrade your hotels, please chat to us. We have upgrade options in most locations on request.

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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, either in person or via video call)

D) Luggage transfers

E) Digital tour information (GPX files available on request)

F) Financial Protection through ABTOT

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike rental (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

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 holiday schedule.


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.

If you’d like to discuss upgrading your hotels, please chat to us. We have upgrade options available in most locations on request.

Bike Hire

Rental bikes are typically Ridgeback Elements (or equivalent standard). These are high-quality, flat-bar hybrid bikes, with 27 Speed Shimano gears, hydraulic disc brakes and 35mm Cross Tyres. 

We also have electric bikes available if preferred. These will typically be Haibike Trekking 7 Low bikes with a 250w Yamaha Motor, 630wh battery and 11 speed Shimano gears.

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 if requested in advance.

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