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Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula

Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula

Degree of difficulty - B/C

Our Safari starts and finishes in Killarney, shadowed by the MacGillikuddy Reeks and adjacent to the famous Muckross National Park. We head deep into the Iveragh Peninsula along quiet backroads toward the villages of Sneem and Glenbeigh.

We then head to the Dingle Peninsula, the most westerly point in Europe, and sees us cycling along he dramatic Slea Head coast amongst Neolithic ruins with a wonderful view out to the Skelling and Blasket Islands. We rest amongst the great array of shops and restaurants that the town of Dingle has to offer. The weary may pause for a well earned pint in the famous Dick Macs pub, which doubles up as a cobbler!

After our rest day the Conor Pass stretches the legs again as we take in the stunning vistas of the peninsula from its lofty perch before enjoying the freewheel down to lunch. Our last day's cycle takes us through the Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley, a fitting finish to this dramatic tour, before we end up all too quickly back in Killarney.

We also organise a short tour which focuses on the Iveragh Peninsula.

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN KILLARNEY
On arrival in Killarney you should make your way to your accommodation. If you have time you could visit Ross Castle a wonderfully restored 16th Century Norman Tower House overlooking Lough Leane. You can even hire a boat from here and row out to a 6th Century monastic site located on one of the nearby islands. Ross Castle is about 1.5 miles from the town.

DAY 2 KILLARNEY TO SNEEM 29 miles / 47kms
The tour starts off by following a cycle track into the beautiful grounds of Muckross House. Located on the grounds is a Franciscan Abbey founded in the 15th Century. It is now in ruins but is beautifully situated with a large yew tree rising up through the cloisters. After a stroll around the celebrated Muckross gardens there follows a wonderful cycle along a quiet cyclepath between two of the Killarney lakes before you return to the main road. A steady climb follows to your lunch stop at Molls Gap where you are rewarded with delicious food in the restaurant with its beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon you cycle to Sneem looking out over panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

DAY 3 SNEEM TO GLENBEIGH 32 miles / 51 kms
Avoiding the main Ring of Kerry road you cycle across the peninsula. Passing along quiet country roads with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, you climb up to the beautiful Gap of Ballaghbearna and descend the other side into another valley with views of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. After lunch there is a wonderful cycle through quiet fields and over old stone bridges before coming to Caragh Lake. Following the lakeside you then head west to the seaside village of Glenbeigh where you spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

DAY 4 GLENBEIGH TO DINGLE 30 miles / 47 kms
You start the day with a short coach trip to Dingle where you are based for two nights. You follow the Slea Head Route around the tip of the Dingle peninsula. This is one of the highlights of the tour with a wide variety of archaeological sites to visit along the route and some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in the country.

DAY 5 REST DAY IN DINGLE
A variety of activities can be organised from the town. You can join an archaeological bus tour of the peninsula or you can swap your bike saddle for a horse saddle and go horse riding. There are boat trips to the largest of the Blasket Islands with its wonderful walking trails offering the most magnificent views of Dingle Bay. You can also take a boat trip to see "Fungi", the Dingle Dolphin or simply potter around the town with its many shops and aquarium. Finally for those with stiff limbs there is also a massage centre in which to pamper yourself

DAY 6 DINGLE TO KILLORGLIN 43 miles / 69 kms
The morning starts with a long steady climb up to the Conor Pass with its stunning views of Mount Brandon and the coastline in the distance. There follows a wonderful descent and then a nice flat cycle along the coast to the village of Camp where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon you head straight into the mountains and traverse the peninsula heading up over one side of the mountains to magnificent views of the other side of the peninsula with Dingle Bay and Ireland’s highest mountain range stretching out in front of you. You then descend down the other side and cycle the final stretch to our night stop in Killorglin.

DAY 7 KILLORGLIN TO KILLARNEY 40 miles / 64 kms
In the morning you cycle on quiet back roads to Kate Kearney’s Cottage where you can stop for a cup of tea. You then enter the final highlight of the tour, the Gap of Dungloe, a place you will never forget. Coming out of the gap you have an incredible view looking down the Black Valley before following a small quiet route through a peaceful valley surrounded by green fields full of grazing sheep. You climb out of the valley to return to Molls Gap where we had lunch on the first day. After lunch there is a wonderful freewheel back down to Killarney. That evening you have a final night on the town before heading home the following morning.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossiers.

2017 GROUP TOUR PRICE
€ 775.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 810.00 per person sharing in July & August
€ 245.00 single room supplement (on request only)

2017 SELF GUIDED PRICE
€ 810.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 845.00 per person sharing in July & August 
€ 245.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€ 350.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)

2017 SELF GUIDED 4 NIGHT TOUR PRICE
€490.00 per person sharing off peak
€505.00 per person sharing in July & August
€110.00 single supplement ( for a single room if travelling with others )
€210.00 solo traveller ( if travelling alone )

Tour Includes

7 NIGHT TOUR INCLUDES:
- 7 nights accommodation with breakfast ( mix of small hotels and guesthouses )
- 1 evening meal
- Bike rental including a pannier bag
- Guide in a support van (on group tour)
- Luggage transfer
- Route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline

All other tour prices and what's included are listed in the individual tour dossiers

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

17-June,
29-July,
19-August,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are available from April to October and can start any day of the week.

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels. 
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

KILLARNEY

Killarney Inn Killarney Inn1

We stay in some lovely guesthouses close to the centre of Killarney and the famous Muckross Lake.
Above: Killarney Inn, below: Willow Lodge B&B

Willow Lodge Willow Lodge1

 

SNEEM
In for a treat: Sneem Hotel

Sneem Hotel Sneem Hotel1

 

DINGLE
The guesthouses are located in the centre of this picturesque seaside town. 

Lantern Townhouse Dingle Lantern Townhouse Dingle1


Above:Lantern Townhouse, Below: Devanes B&B

Devanes Dingle Devanes Dingle1

 

GLENBEIGH
Short cycle to the beach: Towers Hotel

Towerhouse Hotel Glenbeigh Towerhouse Hotel Glenbeigh1



KILLORGLIN
Westfield House boosts with panoramic views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks.

Westfieldhouse Killorglin Westfieldhouse Killorglin1

How to get to Kilarney:

It is possible to fly to either,  Kerry airport,  Cork Airport,  Dublin airport or Shannon airport.

From Kerry airport
Outside the main terminal is a Bus Terminus with services available directly from Kerry Airport to Tralee, Killarney and Limerick linking into the Bus Eireann network. Tickets for all bus services may be purchased on-board the bus.
You can visit the main BusEireann website for full timetables

From Cork airport
From Cork Airport, you can take the 226 to Parnell Place Bus Station, the main bus station for Cork city.
From here you can take a bus to Killarney,  you can visit the Bus Eireann website for more details
You can also take a train from Cork city to Killarney,  timetable and details are on the Irish Rail website 

From Shannon airport:
First you need to take a bus to Limerick city, and there you will transfer to another bus to Killarney town
Check BusEireannor GetThere.ie for bus timetables

You can also take a train from Limerick city to Killarney, but the train time on this route is not always quicker!
All details are on the IrishRail website

From Dublin airport:
There are Bus services direct from Dublin airport to Killarney town. Check BusEireann for more information

Alternatively take the Airlink shuttle service into Dublin city and transfer to get train to Killarney.
( Take note that the airlink bus requires exact change and the cost for a single ticket into the city centre is currently €6 )
The train to Killarney from Dublin takes approx 4hrs. Details on IrishRail )

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

The bikes and accessories were great, the route maps and descriptions were bang on and the accommodations were second to none. We will definitely use Cycling Safaris on future trips and highly recommend your company to others.

 

Jerry Bella

We are home safe and sane; though sad that the great adventure is over. We are enjoying telling stories about our fun froup, our spectacular hilly ride, our wonderful guide, and the warm, friendly Irish people. We miss it already, and our bikes!

 

Judy Tingle (Ring of Kerry group 2016)

Our trip around the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Penninsula was excellent! The route each day took us across amazing and challenging terrain. The views were stunning. Every time we arrived at a new B&B after a hard day of riding, our luggage was there waiting for us along with a warm welcome from that night's host. The whole trip was well organized, well planned, and super fun! Cannot recommend Cycling Safaris highly enough.

Sara Cooper (Ring of Kerry self led 2016)

Just to say thank you for organising such a wonderful trip around Ring of Kerry. Really enjoyed every minute of it, especially the quieter roads around Sneem and Glenbeigh. Would love to do it all again!
All in all a fantastic staycation experience! Thank you so much for all the organising and special commendation to whoever researched the wonderful route.

Mairin Ni Urdail (Ring of Kerry short tour 2016)

Go on like this!

Isabelle Belan (Ring of Kerry group 2015)

Superb organization on tour. Aidan was an exceptional guide, taking good care of us and with good fun. Thank you!

Kylie (Ring of Kerry group 2015)

Surpassed my expectations – excellent value for money.

Michele Bridges (Ring of Kerry 2015)

It is a truly beautiful part of the world!
Excellent accommodation/itinerary..

Andy Tucker (Ring of Kerry self led 2014)

I just wanted to say how pleased we were with the tour. We had an amazing time, it was very well organized, the indications on the maps very clear and the accommodations very comfortable and nice. Thank you so much!
We will certainly repeat that experience again!

Elise Papillon (Ring of Kerry self led 2013)

We really loved the trip - overall everything went great. Bikes were fine. The B&Bs were all excellent, and all of the logistics of the suitcases and taxi were smooth. Co Kerry is just gorgeous and it was a lovely holiday for us.
We'd certainly do another trip with Cycling Safaris.

Heather Marshall (RIng of Kerry self led 2012)

Our trip was amazing! It was worth the beautiful scenery, sunny days, and challenging biking. 
Thank you for making our trip so enjoyable!

Emily Cargill (Ring of Kerry self led 2012)

All went so very well!
We were so pleased with your handling of everything!!
Great trip and I would highly recommend Irish Cycling Safaris!

Mary Lynn & John Colin (Ring of Kerry self led 2012)

I write to say that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and that we were impressed with the organization, the accommodation and the selected routes that we went along. Very good..

Ross Horwood (Ring of Kerry group tour 2012)

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