Southwest Ireland

A hundred thousand welcomes

Southwest Ireland

A hundred thousand welcomes

Southwest Ireland

A hundred thousand welcomes

Southwest Ireland

A hundred thousand welcomes

Southwest Ireland

A hundred thousand welcomes

Southwest Ireland

A hundred thousand welcomes

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Highlights

  • Custom itineraries and uniquely personal service
  • Rugged natural beauty of rolling green hills, moss-covered moors, and sheer ocean cliffs
  • Bronze-age stone circles, medieval castles and ancient monasteries
  • Fishing villages in hidden harbors and deserted white sand beaches
  • The unsurpassed Irish hospitality

Seasons

Late Spring, Summer, and Early Fall

Starting / Ending City

Limerick

Tour Length

3 to 14 days

Trip Types

◊ Self-Guided
With our Self-Guided tours an expert local guide takes care of your transfers, route briefing, luggage moves, and planned transfers. They are also available should you need mechanical assistance, help with a dinner reservation, or general questions. You have a GPS unit, maps, and a detailed guidebook to help you select your route, choose where you eat, and, generally, explore the area.

◊ Guided Group
Our Guided tours allow your group to explore a destination with an expert local guide with a dedicated support vehicle. You will also have GPS units, maps and a detailed guidebook to help learn about both the major sights and the hidden gems. Your guide takes care of both you and all the logistics – from route advice to bottle washing.

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    Sample Itinerary

     

    Ireland Cover PhotoThere are few places on earth that can match the southwest of Ireland for pure, rugged beauty. Along the coast, Atlantic rollers crash into precipitous cliffs, while inlets and bays are home to sheltered fishing harbors and white-sand beaches. Inland, rolling, emerald- green farmland is bounded by hedgerows and ancient drystone walls.
    Visitors are assured a warm welcome from people who seem always to have time to talk and have a love of sharing. The pubs, with their snugs, stouts and live music, complete the picture. This is an area that stimulates the senses and creates amazing memories.

    TOUR LENGTH

    6 Days / 5 Nights

    ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

    Budget  

    Classic  

    Luxury  

    START & END

    Killarney or Tralee

    SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

    • Private transfer from Killarney with bike set up and full route briefing at the start of your ride
    • Handpicked accommodations with breakfast
    • On-call roadside assistance
    • Luggage moved between lodgings and optional participant transfers along the routes
    • GPS units, maps, directions and a comprehensive guidebook
    • Expert guides delivering superior service

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    • Alternative start/end locations in Limerick or Shannon Airport
    • Great Blasket Island tours
    • Distillery Tours
    • Customize your route

    BIKE AVAILABILITY

    DAY-BY-DAY FLOW

    Day 1: Camp to Dingle

    Day 2: Dingle Loop Day

    Day 3: Dingle to Killarney

    Day 4: Killarney Loop Day

    Day 5: Killarney to Kenmare

    Day 6: Kenmare Loop day

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    Day One - Camp to Dingle

    All of today’s routes begin with a van transfer from your tour’s start location.

    Leisure riders start in Camp with a flat ride around Tralee Bay. There are views of the sea to your right and the Slieve Mish Mountains to your left. After the small hamlet of Kilcummin, the road climbs steadily over Conor Pass. This twisting climb, with panoramic views across craggy moorland, is classic Ireland! From the top of Conor Pass, you enjoy five flowing-miles of descending to Dingle Bay.

    The Intermediate route follows the Leisure route with the addition of an out-and-back to Brandon Point: a local beauty spot with stunning views from the clifftops across to the Magharee Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

    The Challenge riders start on the coast in Brandon. From here, the route heads east alongside Tralee Bay before going south across the peninsula through the Slieve Mish Mountains for some steep riding along quiet country lanes.

    Conor Pass is a flowing descent, with panoramic views across craggy moorland

    Camping Spot in Dingle Ireland

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    20 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    30 miles with 2,300 feet

    Challenge
    45 miles with 2,900 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Dingle

    The pretty fishing village of Dingle, with its narrow streets and brightly- colored houses, is a charming place to wander. The Irish pubs, complete with live music, just add to the charm. There is even a dolphin – Fungie – who has lived in the harbor for the past 32 years.

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    Day Two - Dingle Loops

    Today’s Slea Head loop ride (part of the Wild Atlantic Way) has some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland: sheltered harbors, sandy beaches, spectacular mountains and classic seascapes. Sights include a prehistoric fort, ancient dry-stone beehive huts, and the Celtic Museum on the cliffs of Dunquin.

    Leisure riders hug the coast around to Dunquin and then have the option of taking a boat tour out to the abandoned island of Great Basket (own arrangements). You could also visit a whiskey distillery, a leather workshop, and a working sheep farm.

    The Intermediate ride follows the Leisure route to Dunquin but then continues around the Dingle Peninsula to the picturesque village of Ballyferriter. From here, you climb across open moorland to return to Dingle.

    Challenge riders follow the Intermediate route around the Slea Head loop and then add on a loop to the east that includes Inch Beach, the Slieve Mish Mountains and Conor Pass.

    The Slea Head Loop: sheltered harbors, sandy beaches, spectacular mountains and classic seascapes

    Slea Head Loop in Dingle Ireland

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    30 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    30 miles with 2,100 feet

    Challenge
    75 miles with 5,800 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Dingle

    The pretty fishing village of Dingle, with its narrow streets and brightly- colored houses, is a charming place to wander. The Irish pubs, complete with live music, just add to the charm. There is even a dolphin – Fungie – who has lived in the harbor for the past 32 years.

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    Day Three - Dingle to Killarney

    Today you travel from the small fishing village of Dingle to the vibrant city of Killarney.

    Strong Intermediate and Challenge riders will ride all the way – leaving Dingle on a ridge ride that has sweeping views down to the Atlantic Ocean. After descending to Inch Beach, you enjoy a flat cruise alongside Castlemaine Harbour stopping at the quaint market town of Milltown for lunch. Shortly before reaching the city of Killarney, you pass Aghadoe with its jaw-dropping views of Killarney and Lough Leane. The site also includes ruins of a 13th-century castle and a Romanesque church – well worth a visit.

    Leisure riders will take a van transfer before joining the ride described above at Milltown.

    If you arrive early enough, Killarney National Park has some very scenic bike rides, walks and boat rides. The park is on the outskirts of the city of Killarney.

    Shortly before reaching the city of Killarney, you pass Aghadoe with its jaw-dropping views of Killarney and Lough LeaneDingle to Killarney Ireland cycling with views of Aghadoe and Lough Leane

     

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    15 miles with 950 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    45 miles with 2,500 feet

     

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Killarney

    The bustling resort town of Killarney was founded in the 18th Century to welcome visitors to some of the world’s most sublime lakeland scenery. The town abuts the tranquil Killarney National Park with its ancient castle and monastery set on one of the most beautiful lakes in Ireland.

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    Day Four - Killarney Loops

    Today’s stunning rides head west of Killarney into the Iveragh Peninsula.

    Leisure riders start the day riding to the 15th- century Ross Castle from where you board a small motorboat (own arrangements) that weaves past multiple islands and a 7th-century ruined monastery. The boat docks at Lord Brandon’s Cottage – a good lunch stop. From here you ride up the wild and craggy Gap of Dunloe. At the top of the pass there are stunning views in all directions as you begin a five-mile descent down a steep-sided valley past mountain lakes, over stone bridges and past horse-drawn buggies. From the end of the descent it is an easy run back to Killarney.

    The Intermediate ride is similar to the Leisure ride except that you ride around Lough Leane rather than taking the boat.

    The Challenge ride starts out through the Gap of Dunloe before heading into MacGillycuddy’s Reek – the mountain range that stretches down the Iveragh Peninsula and includes Ireland’s highest peaks. The Epic ride takes on more mountains and mileage around the northern stretches of the Ring of Kerry.

    The gap of Dunloe: descend past mountain lakes, over stone bridges and past horse-drawn buggies

     

    The gab of Dunloe on the Killarney Ireland Loop A cycling tour

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    25 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    35 miles with 2,600 feet

    Challenge
    55 miles with 3,600 feet

    Epic
    75 miles with 3,800 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Killarney

    The bustling resort town of Killarney was founded in the 18th Century to welcome visitors to some of the world’s most sublime lakeland scenery. The town abuts the tranquil Killarney National Park with its ancient castle and monastery set on one of the most beautiful lakes in Ireland.

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    Day Five - Killarney to Kenmare

    The Leisure ride leaves Killarney on bike paths that skirt Lough Leane through Killarney National Park. After 10 miles of pleasant lake-side riding, you start the vista-rich climb up to Molls Gap. This section of road crosses open heathland with stunning views across to the MacGillycuddy’s Reek mountain range. At the top of the climb, there is a café where you can toast your success and savor the views. From Molls Gap, you enjoy a 5-mile descent followed by an easy cruise into Kenmare alongside the shores of Kenmare Bay.

    Intermediate riders follow the Leisure ride to Molls Gap where the ride extends west along quiet country lanes lined with hedgerows to Blackwater Bridge. From here, you cruise along the coast into Kenmare.

    The Challenge ride heads due west from Killarney for a hilly adventure on the backroads of the MacGillycuddy’s Reek mountain range. The Epic ride heads even further west – along the spine of MacGillycuddy’s Reek to the Atlantic coast. Both rides end by following the scenic Ring of Kerry into Kenmare.

    Lakeside bike paths through the Killarney National Park and a vista-rich climb up to Molls Gap

     

    Killarney to Kenmare Ireland cycling through the Killarney national park and up to Molls Gap

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    25 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    35 miles with 2,000 feet

    Challenge
    50 miles with 3,200 feet

    Epic
    75 miles with 4,000 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    Kenmare

    Kenmare is beautifully located at the head of the Kenmare River. The town is confidently cosmopolitan with gracious architecture and some excellent restaurants. There is a bronze-age stone circle in a park on the outskirts of the town.

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    Day Six - Kenmare Loops

    These loop rides explore the magnificent and unspoiled Beara Peninsula. With flat riding at the coast and hills along the spine, there is something for everyone.

    The Leisure route is an in-and-out ride to Gleninchaquin Park – a working sheep farm in the folds of the Caha Mountains. The route up to the farm takes you past a string of picturesque lakes and a bronze-age stone circle. The café at the farm makes a great lunch stop before a downhill run back to Kenmare.

    The Intermediate route goes further west, through a chain of pretty fishing villages. The challenge on this route is a two-mile climb up to Lake Glanmore. After the climb, there are a couple of great options for lunch – including the aptly-named Pedals and Boots Café. Cruise back to Kenmare along the coast.

    The Challenge route push deeper into the Beara Peninsula reaching as far as the bustling port town of Castletownbere in County Cork.

    Whichever ride you choose, your guide will meet you in Kenmare for your end-of-tour transfer

    Explore the magnificent and unspoiled Beara PeninsulaKenmare Ireland Loop A thru Beara Peninsula

    RIDE OPTIONS

    Leisure
    25 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

    Intermediate
    35 miles with 2,000 feet

    Challenge
    60 miles with 4,100 feet

    OVERNIGHT TOWN

    None

    As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

    Dingle:

    The Lighthouse B&B

    This family-run B&B is set on the hill just north of the town center and has breathtaking views across the town and out to sea. Bedrooms are simple and comfortable with nice bathrooms – though some have sloped ceilings. Communal areas include a lounge and a small patio that is perfect for enjoying the sunset.

    Killarney:

    Ashville House B&B

    This well-run B&B is simple, clean and welcoming. While the outside of the building is relatively plain, the interior is tastefully decorated and rooms, though not large, are clean and comfortable. All rooms have basic en suite bathrooms and there is a pleasant residents’ lounge. It is a five-minute walk to the restaurants and stores in the center of town.

    Kenmare:

    Rockcrest House B&B

    This first-rate B&B has simple, spacious, and comfortable rooms with modern, en suite bathrooms. The owners are wonderfully hospitable and welcoming. The attractively sited property has a pretty garden with nice views. It is a five-minute walk along a country lane to the center of Kenmare.

    Ireland budget hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Budget category are typically simpler B&Bs and more modest inns or hotels. However, all the properties are well-kept with en suite facilities.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Tips & Notes

    Dingle:

    Greenmount House

    This family-run hotel is situated on the eastern fringes of town with breathtaking views across farmland to Dingle Bay. The property itself is modern but the atmosphere is that of a traditional country-house hotel. Rooms are spacious and well- equipped. The property is set in private gardens and is an easy 10-minute walk to the center of town.

    Killarney:

    Killarney Lodge

    Catherine and Marcus, who run this 16-room guesthouse, are wonderfully welcoming and well- informed about the area. Rooms are simple, comfortable and well-appointed. There are nicely kept communal areas including a lounge and garden. The property is located a few minutes’ walk from the town center and Killarney National Park.

    Kenmare:

    Brook Lane Hotel

    This charming boutique hotel is still family operated; the welcome is genuine and service attentive. The common areas have leather sofas and little nooks to relax in. The rooms vary in size, but all are well-appointed and comfortable. The hotel’s restaurant is reputed to have the best food in town – reservations recommended.

    Ireland classic hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

    Tips & Notes

    Dingle:

    Castlewood

    This boutique hotel has appeared on numerous top ten lists for Ireland – and deservedly so. The owners welcome guests personally and with great warmth. The rooms are individually and tastefully decorated with most having views of the sea. Breakfast is a gourmet feast while the location makes for an easy 10-minute walk to the center of town.

    Killarney:

    The Great Southern Killarney

    This Killarney icon has been providing exceptional service since 1854. The property recently underwent a two-year refurbishment to restore it to its former glory as Killarney’s premier hotel. Facilities include a spa, pool and gourmet restaurant. Located in six acres of peaceful gardens the hotel is just a short stroll to the bustling downtown.

    Kenmare:

    Sheen Falls Lodge

    Formerly the summer residence of a marquis and now a Relais & Chateaux hotel, this property is picturesquely sited on the Sheen River next to a waterfall. While it is not practical to walk to town, there is an exceptional restaurant and a spa on the property as well as world-class luxury – so you are unlikely to want to leave.

    Ireland luxury hotel features

    ACCOMMODATION NOTES

    Properties in our Luxury category are some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. They typically include spa facilities and a good restaurant.

    Mix & Match
    You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

     

    BIKE CHOICES

    Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

    Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

    Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

    Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

    eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

    Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

    Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

    If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

    group of cyclists

    OPTIONAL EXTRAS

    Receiving & Assembly
    per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

    Bike Boxes 
    a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

    Tandem Bike 
    a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

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