Biking around Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Flickr:ritesh3

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Ring of Kerry & Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour

Ireland Bike Tours

Cycle Ireland’s West Coast

  • A bike tour that features the Ring of Kerry in Ireland is simply magical. Throw the Dingle Peninsula into the mix and you have perfection.

    Each day presents you with even more stunning scenery as you cycle through majestic mountain ranges and beautiful lakes colored by the yellow gorse and purple heather that grows everywhere. This is one of the hillier tours on the Emerald Island but all effort is greatly rewarded with wonderful scenery and colorful night stops.

    This great tour starts and finishes in Killarney, shadowed by the MacGillikuddy Reeks and adjacent to the famous Muckross National Park. Your first cycle day leads between lakes and your last ride will take you through the Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley. What a fitting finish to this dramatic tour!

    Highlights:

    • Dingle Peninsula
    • Dramatic Sela Head Coast
    • Villages of Sneem and Glenbeigh.
    • Skelling and Blasket Islands
    • Iveragh Peninsula
    • Conor Pass
    • Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley

    Be sure to check out our full list of bicycle tours in Ireland.

  • April, May, June, Sept & Oct departures: $ 1530 £ 776 $ 1,356 905 $ 1585 kr 9865 $ 1,024

    July & August departures: $ 1589 £ 806 $ 1,408 940 $ 1646 kr 10246 $ 1,064

    Single supplement guided:  $ 431 £ 219 $ 382 255 $ 446 kr 2780 $ 289

    Supplement for single solo traveler self-guided:  $ 668 £ 339 $ 592 395 $ 692 kr 4306 $ 447

    extra options

    Helmet: $ 17 £ 9 $ 15 10 $ 18 kr 109 $ 11

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 169 £ 86 $ 150 100 $ 175 kr 1090 $ 113  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Shannon Airport or to Cork Airport.

    Local Travel

    From the airport, public transportation can be obtained. Bus Eireann provides connections to and from all of Ireland’s major cities. From the airport, there is a change in Limerick and then on to Killarney. Tickets can be purchased online. Travel time is approximately 3 - 4 hours.

    Climate

    Ireland is called the Emerald Isle. Those rolling, green hills and lush landscapes are possible because of the abundant rainfall! Pack accordingly. Killarney’s climate is classified as warm and temperate and because it is an island located near the gulf stream, Ireland has a very mild climate making it ideal for cycling. The temperature range during the summer is between 15 and 22 degrees centigrade (60 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit). Please check local conditions before your arrival and don’t forget your raingear. A good website to explore regional weather conditions including average high/ow temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather-related information is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    There are a limited number of electric bikes available for this tour. Please request at the time of booking.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

    More on Supported vs. Self-guided

    Supported Tours (set dates,  minimum number of participants: 8) operate in a very relaxed manner and in some ways can be thought of as self-guided tours but starting on a set date!   Everyone is given their own route details and have the freedom to explore the tour at their own pace,  stop as often as they like,  have lunch and dinner whenever it suits them.  The guide is in a support van on the road each day just to make sure everything is running smoothly and to help and give assistance if needed.    Meeting up with the group each night for dinner is not obligatory,  however, almost always people find this the highlight of the tour as everyone swaps stories from their day's adventure. 

    On a self-guided tour, there is no support vehicle out on the route but assistance is just a phone call away if needed.


Tour Dates

Self-guided tour: Daily arrival possible from April 18 to October 3, 2020
Group tour: June 13, July 25, and August 15, 2020*

*If there are less than 8 people booked on the tour, it will be conducted as a traditional self-guided tour. However, if there are more than 8 people on a set departure date,  a guide in a support van will be assigned. Each person will still have their own route details and maps and have the freedom to cycle at their own pace each day, however, there is the security of a person in the background offering assistance if and when it is needed.

Skill Level

The average daily cycling distance is easily 30 to 40 miles, with longer routes an option each day. The tour is suitable for adults of all ages but the self-led tours are not suited for children under 15 years of age. This particular tour has more hills than the other Ireland tours, and would be recommended for the fitter cyclist. You will cycle mainly on quiet roads, encounter some steep climbs, hilly terrain, and remote passages.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be staying in guesthouses, B&B’s, or occasionally small hotels. Below is the day to day details, you will find the preferred accommodations listed. The majority of the time, these small establishments do not have elevators so please pack accordingly. All hotel bookings are based on availability. If the preferred accommodation is not possible, a suitable alternative of equal standard will be booked.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Full Irish breakfasts
  • 1 evening meal in Sneem
  • 24-speed hybrid bicycle equipped with pannier bag, repair equipment, lock, and bottle cage
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route details and maps
  • Transfer from Glenbeigh to Dingle
  • GPS tracks available (on request)
  • Also included in the Guided tour:
  • Guide in a support van
  • Helmets

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights possible in Dublin by request.

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From905 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Ring of Kerry & Dingle Peninsula Map

Day 1: Arrival in Killarney
Day 2: Killarney - Sneem, 29 mi. (47 km) (678 m)
Day 3: Sneem - Glenbeigh, 32 mi. (51 km) (823 m)
Day 4: Glenbeigh - Dingle, 30 mi. (47 km) (557 m)
Day 5: Day of rest in Dingle
Day 6: Dingle - Killorglin, 43 mi. (69 km) (979 m)
Day 7: Killorglin - Killarney, 40 mi. (64 km) (795 m)
Day 8: Departure from Killarney

DAY 1: Arrival in Killarney
Upon arrival in Killarney, you should make your way to your accommodation after 2:00 pm. If you get there early the rooms in the B&Bs will not usually be ready until midday so you can leave your luggage at the guesthouse and explore this bustling town. You can then phone the local representative and arrange a time to meet to collect your bikes (these will already have been pre-booked for you ). The bikes will be in his private home located near your guesthouse. Your route details and maps will be waiting for you in your guesthouse.
If you have time you could visit Ross Castle, a wonderfully restored 16th Century Norman Tower House overlooking Lough Leane. You can even rent 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.

Accommodation: A variety of B&Bs are available in Killarney located just outside the center of the town away from the hustle and bustle. They are family run and give insight to Irish hospitality with a warm welcoming feeling you can be assured of a good night's sleep.

Example: Parkfield House 

DAY 2: Killarney to Sneem, 29 mi. (47 km)
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 path between two of the Killarney lakes before you return to the main road. A steady climb up to Molls Gap is rewarded with a delicious lunch in the restaurant with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon you sweep down through more breathtaking scenery to the picturesque village of Sneem.

Accommodation: Coomassig View B&B

DAY 3: Sneem to Glenbeigh, 32 mi. (51 km)
Avoiding the main Ring of Kerry road, you cycle across the peninsula. Passing along quiet country roads with stunning views of the surrounding mountains we climb 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.

Accommodation:  Towers Hotel, built in 1895, in the late Victorian style, located in the heart of the village

DAY 4: Glenbeigh to Dingle, 30 mi. (47 km) - short option
You start the day with a taxi ride (with the same person that is transferring your luggage and bikes) to Dingle where you will be based for the next two nights. The taxi will bring you to Dingle where you get back on the bikes, then follow the Slea Head Circular 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.

Accommodation: 
Lantern Townhouse, in the heart of the town
Devanes B&B, located just outside of town

DAY 5: Rest day in Dingle
A wide variety of activities can be organized 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 explore the town with its many shops and aquarium. Finally, for those with stiff limbs, there is also a massage center in which to pamper yourself!

DAY 6: Dingle - Killorglin, 43 mi. (69 km)
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 and an evening of traditional music.

Accommodation: Rivers Edge B&B, located in the town center on the banks of the  Launne River

DAY 7: Killorglin - Killarney, 40 mi, (64 km)
Our first destination is 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 is an incredible view looking down the Black Valley. You will then follow 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 you had lunch on the first day. After lunch, there is a wonderful freewheel back down to Killarney.

Accommodation: A variety of B&Bs are available in Killarney located just outside the center of the town away from the hustle and bustle. They are family run and give insight to Irish hospitality with a warm welcoming feeling you can be assured of a good night's sleep.

DAY 8: Departure from Killarney

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Tour Reviews

  • Lynne 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    In my view, the overall route rating of this itinerary should be at least be at the "Moderate/Difficult" level, and certain sections "Difficult" because of the "gaps" or mountain passes to overcome. Also, the route to Ballaghbearna Gap has unpaved, rough roads with long, steep climbs; this area is in a very remote part of Ireland as there are no cars, no one else around except sheep all around the mountains, and no cell phone reception. Fortunately, when we were there, the weather cooperated.
    Coupled with the climbs, this tour can easily turn to "Difficult" if the weather is windy and/or rainy.

  • Erica Periman 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was great....really just an amazing and wonderful trip. One bike had a problem and Patrick the bicycle guy brought us a new one the next day (we just ended up switching our rest day, so worked fine) and one of us got sick with fever and you covered the cost of the extra cab ride..thank you! Very nice company to work with, we feel we can count on you to find the good trips and we will continue to take advantage of that....going to Scotland in 2016!

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