An unforgettable coast to coast guided bike tour that takes you through some of Ireland’s most dramatic west coast scenery whilst combining the very best of local culture, cuisine and accommodations.
The southwest of Ireland, and Kerry particularly, has long allured and inspired travellers from all over the world. Though Kerry is popular, this bike trip will bring you on a backstage tour of Kerry’s wild side – explore the 3 peninsulas of Kerry by bike!
Trip Grade: Blue 5
Meeting in Limerick, head south into the magical landscapes of Kerry for our first peninsula, the Beara Peninsula. You’ll explore rolling emerald hills, snug villages, ruined monasteries and even thatched cottages. Starting in lively Kenmare village, we’ll pedal off along country lanes for lovely bay views. (D)
Bike details: Distance: 23 km / 14 miles
The quietest and least-known peninsula in Kerry, the dramatic Beara Peninsula is a cycling heaven. We’ll weave across the headland from coast to coast, with time to take in the Healy Pass, a classic Irish cycling route. (B,L)
Bike details: Distance: 66 km / 41 miles
Off to to our next peninsula, the Iveragh Peninsula – home of the world-famous Ring of Kerry! Biking part of the renowned Ring of Kerry, we’ll pass among the soaring Macgillcuddy’s Reeks mountains, winding past Ireland’s highest mountain following an ancient route named for Oisin, a mythological Irish hero, to arrive in Killarney National Park. (B,L)
Bike details: Distance: 68 km / 42 miles
Today we’re in for a treat! Today’s ride through Molls Gap offers panoramic views over the mountains we conquered yesterday, before we cross the beloved Gap of Dunloe, home to the iconic Wishing Bridge. We’ll explore the spectacular lakes of Killarney, keeping our eyes out for castles, quaint horse-drawn carriages and even the local red deer! (B,L)
Bike details: Distance: 60 km / 37 miles
Off to our final peninsula, the Dingle Peninsula! After mastering the classic climbs along the Ring of Kerry, we’ll say good bye to the Iveragh Peninsula’s peaks and enjoy Dingle’s gentle coastal roads. Stroll along white sand beaches and across rocky shores. In the evening, enjoy some of Dingle’s live music – a town home to some of the best traditional Irish music! (B,L)
Bike details: Distance: 27 km / 17 miles
Slea Head is about as far west as we can go – the next stop west is North America! Looping around this amazing headland, drink in the fantastic views of the remote Blasket Islands, evacuated in the 1950s, before exploring ancient monastic beehive huts, stone oratories and hidden coves of Slea Head – perhaps with time to taste some local whiskey! In the evening, we’ll celebrate the end of our trip with a splendid feast. (B,L,D)
Bike details: Distance: 50 km / 30 miles
Today, we’ll say goodbye to Kerry’s peninsulas and head back to Limerick, a city that’s seen its fair share of urban development in recent years, in time for regular train connections to Dublin. (B)
6 nights accommodation in a hand-picked, family-run guesthouses, B&Bs & boutique hotels
Most meals, incl. all Breakfasts, Lunches on Days 1-6, and Dinner on Day 1 and Day 6
The services of an experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide / driver
All transport throughout the trip starting in Cork and finishing in Limerick
What clothing and equipment do I need to bring?
We will send out a recommended equipment list after you book. If you would like to find out what gear you might need before you book, we would be happy to send you an equipment list any time.
Do you allow children on this trip?
The minimum age is 16. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You also cannot bring dogs (or other animals).
What’s the weather like in Ireland?
There is nowhere else in the world as beautiful as Ireland when the sun shines, and despite our reputation as a wet place, we have relatively high number of sunshine days a year. While, Ireland is famous for it’s lush, green landscape (kept that way by relatively frequent rainfall) it is not nearly as wet you might think. Rain tends to be light and misty and rarely lasts more than a few hours at a time. Generally it is fairly breezy, with the freshest air in Europe moving in from the Atlantic and keeping the midges (small biting insects) at bay.
Late spring and early summer (April, May and June) tend to be the driest months of the year, with average temperatures of between 12 °C (54 °F) and 18 °C (64.5 °F). We also benefit from our northerly latitude during the summer months, with over 18 hours of daylight at the end of June. It is at this time of year that Ireland is at its greenest, as fresh leaves appear and grasslands come to life. It is also a great time for wild flowers, birds and butterflies.
The Autumn months (August to October) tend to be mild and September is considered to be a particularly temperate month. Popular myth in Ireland says that the sun comes out as soon as children go back to school in early September. October is punctuated by Atlantic storms, high winds and rain that usually blow over in 12 hours or so and are rarely bad enough to stop normal (and outdoor) life carrying on as usual.
Winter (November- January) air temperatures only occasionally drop below freezing, and aside from the odd cold snap (about once every two years) it rarely snows on low ground with occasional snow fall at higher levels. Occasional Atlantic storms mean winter in Ireland can be invigorating and dramatic and make for some memorable outside experiences. Even if you aren’t outside a turf fire and a pint of Guinness feel all the more cosy.
Early spring (February and March), highest average temperatures range from 7 °C (46 °F) to 12 °C (54 °F) but it is at this time of year that signs of spring start to appear and Ireland’s famous green starts to creep back into the landscape.
Tour run by Wilderness Ireland. Price is €1,995 and was converted to USD$2199 via xe.com and is an estimation. The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors. This trip will run as soon as 3 people have booked. Maximum of 8 places available per departure. There is no supplement charged to solo travelers, however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of €250 is charged. Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplement are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.Each day will be rolling and hilly terrain and there will be notable climbs most days. Some of these will be more testing and some riders may opt to push or ride in the support vehicle. Some climbs are also followed by exciting descents. We will be in the saddle for 5 – 7 hours each day plus the odd longer day. There is also time each day for breaks and lunches, plus some visits to sites of interest. It is your responsibility to ensure you are appropriately fit and capable of doing the described hikes in the expected times. It is your responsibility to take out appropriate travel insurance to cover you during your trip. This should include cover for cancellation prior to the trip, the activities undertaken (i.e hiking), curtailment, and adequate medical insurance for sickness/injury and medical repatriation. We also strongly recommend you have cover for your other travel arrangements such as flights, and your personal possessions. e. A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking to secure the trip with the balance payable 8 weeks (56 days) before departure. If booking less than 56 days before the trip start date, full payment of the trip price is required immediately.