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Kerry to Cork

Self-Guided Leisure Bike Tour




8 days

Prices from

$1,880 P.P.


This holiday is well-suited to both regular bikes and pedal assist e-bikes, and you can choose to rent 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.


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. 



  • World famous fish and chips in the beautiful seaside town of Kinsale
  • Captivating scenes of patchwork green fields laid before you in the Glorious Borlin Valley
  • Enjoying rural coastal towns and villages
  • Spectacular views over the Gap of Dunloe and the Black Valley
  • Admiring the stone circles and standing stones that bring Ireland’s long history to life
  • Enjoying the ever-charming city of Cork

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Day 1
Arrive in Killarney

Today you’ll arrive in Killarney and check into your B&B. Here we’ll meet you and get you all set up and fitted to your rental bikes (if renting).

If you have time, there is the option to take a lovely ride around the Lakes of Killarney. The three main Lakes of Killarney (Lough Leane, Muckross Lake, Upper Lake) occupy a broad valley close to the town of Killarney, and exploring their surrounding routes is a great introduction to your week of riding in West Cork.

Day 2
Killarney to Kenmare
30 Miles / 48 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 602 Metres Approx.

You’ll start today with a wonderful breakfast at your B&B before beginning the day of amazing cycling along the hilly backroads to the famous Gap of Dunloe, also known as the Valley of Echoes. The spectacular scenery and rugged landscape has ensured that ‘the Gap’ has long been a popular place to visit. It measures approximately 11kms (6.8 miles) from north to south and nestled within it are five lakes, connected by the River Loe.

You’ll continue on to the Black Valley (Known locally as Cummeenduff which translates as the Black Valley in Irish.) and the views will be well worth the effort. Your surroundings will be lush and green as you make your way to the vibrant town of Kenmare.

Kenmare is a gastronomic gem with plenty of pub craic and live music with snugs and stouts, the perfect traditional Irish spot for an overnight stay. You might also like to head out the Kenmare Stone Circle, one of the largest stone circles in south West Ireland!

Day 3
Kenmare to Bantry
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 629 Metres Approx.

Today, you’ll traverse one of the most impressive and picturesque routes of the week; The Borlin Valley, a seldom travelled route, allowing for a truly special experience – with stunning scenery for miles around. You’ll start the day crossing Our Lady’s Bridge over the Kenmare river, before heading east towards the hills that separate the Irish counties of Cork and Kerry, giving you spectacular panoramic views of both.

You’ll ride on through small Irish villages, like the lovely Ballylickey, and you’ll end your ride in the coastal town of Bantry, your home for the night. (Depending on the timing of your trip, Bantry Market takes place the first Friday of every month and is well worth a visit! A treasure trove of stalls offering everything you’d expect from a small town market.)

Day 4
Bantry to Skibbereen
28 Miles / 44 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 716 Metres Approx.

Leaving Bantry behind, you’ll pass by Bantry House and Gardens, a stately home overlooking Bantry Bay, as you head slightly westwards, before looping around and heading east again to Skibbereen.

Along the way today you’ll find a couple of cheeky climbs to tackle in a relatively short distance, so a hearty breakfast is a must!

The quintessentially Irish landscapes, as you ride along quiet country roads flanked on either side with bluebells and fuchsias, will hopefully be a big enough distraction though, as you work your way, at your own pace, up the climbs.

You will end your journey today in Skibbereen where a warm welcome awaits.

Day 5
Skibbereen to Clonakilty
37 Miles / 58 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 795 Metres Approx.

Today’s the longest ride of the week, as you leave behind Skibbereen, and start this lovely ride to the town of Clonakilty. Our chosen route today passes by coast, forest and lush green scenery – a perfect combination for a day’s cycling. There are some steep climbs along the way, but they are achievable if you take today’s route at a relaxed pace.

Today you’ll be riding through Glandore (home to the Glandore Gardens) and Union Hall, villages typical of west Cork, boasting local pubs and shops and excellent food. You’ll also ride to Drombeg Stone Circle located 2.4 km east of Glandore. It’s one of the most visited megalithic sites in Ireland, and is protected under the National Monuments Act.

You’ll have earned your delicious evening meal by the time you arrive in Clonakilty today! Time allowing you may want to pay the Michael Collins House museum a visit which tells the life story of the Irish Revolutionary Micheal Collins.

Day 6
Clonakilty to Kinsale
30 Miles / 52 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 644 Metres Approx.

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll head out into the forests and open countryside of County Cork, enjoying the terrific farming region that has glorious views all around. After traversing through the lush emerald green scenery, passing the ruined medieval Timonleague Friary, you’ll make your way to the “Old Head of Kinsale“; an impressive headland with a lighthouse that was established in the 17th century by Robert Reading.

After enjoying the views across the coastline, you’ll make your way to Kinsale. Before arriving in town, there’s the option to ride out to Kinsale Beach / Castlepark Marina and to admire St James’ fort, the ruins of a 1607 fortress on the harbor.

You’ll be staying tonight in Kinsale, and if time allows, a visit to the St Charles Fort just a short cycle out of Kinsale is also highly recommended; The view from the ramparts looking out over Kinsale Harbour is spectacular.

Day 7
Kinsale to Cork
30 Miles / 48 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 624 Metres Approx.

On your last day of cycling, you’ll ride out of Kinsale towards Cork. Be sure to stop off for coffee and cake in one of the many renowned cafes in Kinsale before you go.

Along the way you’ll pass by the Royal Cork Yacht Club (founded in 1720, it claims to be the world’s oldest yacht club, although this is challenged by the Neva Yacht Club in Russia!) and a short de-tour in Crosshaven will take you to the 16th century Camden Fort Meagher.

Sections of the route today are on relatively busy roads, so we’d recommend exercising some caution riding these sections. You will however along the way also encounter some lovely climbs and less road traffic as you head past Cork Airport. There are plenty of shops and pubs along the way where you can stop for refreshments.

The journey for today will end in Cork, where you will stay overnight.

Day 8
Depart Cork
  • Meals: Breakfast

After a great final breakfast in Cork, you’ll follow your own arrangements for your departure.

If you have time before you go, Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland so there is plenty to do here. There’s the English Market, which despite its name is quintessentially Irish, where you can find the oldest and one of the best indoor markets in Europe. The market has been trading since 1788 so it’s well worth a visit! If you‘re looking for something stronger, the Franciscan Well Brewery is open for the public where you can grab yourself a traditional Irish pint, or perhaps a visit to the 17th century Elizabeth Fort, St Fin Barres Church or Cork City Gaol could be on the cards.

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The Cycling


The majority of the route is on well-surfaced roads, with some small sections on mixed-use cycle paths.

We generally try and stick to quieter roads with minimal traffic, however there will be some busier roads, particularly in and out of the towns and villages. This route therefore is best-suited to riders confident riding on the road.

Day 5 from Skibbereen to Clonakilty will pose the biggest challenge being the longest ride, but the route is rolling throughout with ups and downs to be expected each day.

The majority of route is exposed to the coastal elements so the weather can play a part in the overall difficulty of the tour. Taking this into consideration, alongside the hilly nature of the route, an e-bike would be a great option, and highly recommended, for those looking for a bit of a boost.

Although the tour is mostly on tarmac we’d recommend a hybrid bike, or e-bike, as some of the quieter roads and tracks can be uneven with broken tarmac in places.

For more information about riding an electric bike on our holidays please click here


Leisure Cycling Grade

Grade 4 : Active

Distances generally between 30 – 50 miles per day / 48 – 80 kms per day

For those who cycle frequently

Will include some long and / or steep climbs

Includes varying terrain (some sections may see you cycling over uneven, unpaved or loose 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?

You ride quite frequently at home and perhaps enjoy cycling as one of your forms of exercise. Weekends will occasionally see you spending the day in the saddle exploring routes which take in some steep climbs. These tours may also see you riding over varying terrain and so it’s preferable if you have some experience of riding on uneven / unpaved ground. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 4 trip to be fit and healthy, and ready to take on an achievable challenge.

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.

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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 most convenient arrival airport is Kerry (KIR), approx. 30mins away from Killarney. You may however want to consider flying into Cork (ORK) or Shannon (SNN) both approximately 2.5hrs away, or Dublin (DUB) approximately 4.5hrs away, which are usually better served from the UK than Kerry. 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 in Killarney for the duration of your holiday (contact us for details). Please note this is a place to place tour, finishing up in Cork so you will need to organise transport back to your car in Killarney, or we can help organise a transfer for you on request.

If flying, the most convenient departure airport is Cork (ORK).

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


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.

You’ll be staying in a selection of B&Bs and small hotels.

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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