Ireland - Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula
Price from €860 per person
Degree of difficulty -
Daily Ave: 47-69km
Weekly Ave: 278km
Terrain: Mainly on quiet roads, some steep climbs, Generally the terrain is hilly with a climb each day. Worth if for the views!
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tour finishes after breakfast.
For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.
Prices / Dates
2019 TOUR PRICE
€ 860.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 895.00 per person sharing in July & August
€ 255.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€ 395.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)
2019 SELF GUIDED 4 NIGHT TOUR PRICE
€ 525.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 540.00 per person sharing in July & August
€ 160.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€ 250.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)
7 NIGHT TOUR INCLUDES:
- 7 nights accommodation with breakfast ( mix of small hotels and guesthouses )
- 1 evening meal
- Bike rental including a pannier bag, lock, repair kit, bottle holder
- Guide in a support van (on group tour only)
- Helmet rental (on group tour only)
- Transfer from Glenbeigh to Dingle
- Luggage transfer
- Route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline
- GPS tracks available (on request)
Helmet rental on self guided tours (on request only) €10
All other tour prices and what's included are listed in the individual tour dossier
Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)15-June,
Self Guided Tour Information
Self guided tours are available from April to October and can start any day of the week.
(Subject to availability)
The Coomassig View B&B we use is set just outside the village and it is one of the finest in all of Kerry. Family run and with a nice view of the mountains it’s a very pleasant place to spend a night.
Towers Hotel The towers hotel in Glenbeigh is one of a kind built in 1895 in the late Victorian style. Set in the heart of the village the hotel offers an insight to the Victorian style travel with all the benefits of modern living.
Rivers Edge Staying at the Rivers edge B&B in the heart of the town on the banks of the river Laune. With fantastic views and close to all the restaurants and pubs makes this a perfect place to start your visit to Killorglin.
How to get to Killarney:
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
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 4 hours. Details on IrishRail )
As always please contact us in the office for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I just want to let you know, that we had a brilliant tour. Good bikes, nice accommodations and friendliness all around. You could have supplied a little more sunshine though ;-)Jette Groth (Ring of Kerry self guided tour, 2017)
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.
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)
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!
We are currently updating all our tour frequently asked questions. In the meantime hopefully most questions are answered in our tour dossiers at the bottom of our itinerary page
Of course please do not hesitate to email us should you have any queries at all