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    West Cork


    Deposit From: €827€827
    Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
    Confirmed: When 3 Travellers Book

    Next Departure: 17th - 23rd May 2025
    Accommodation: Classic

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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Darragh Devaney


      On a carefully crafted, fully guided adventure, join us to experience the wild, sea-soaked beauty of West Cork. The perfect place to explore on two wheels, join your knowledgeable guide to pedal along quiet coastal roads which ribbon their way through the stunning, salt-stung landscape.

      Explore bustling fishing villages, turquoise inlets and the rugged mountains of Beara Peninsula. Along the way, learn more about Ireland’s history and chat with your guide about the flora and fauna that thrive here.

      During your trip, tour a family-run whiskey distillery, enjoy a private boat trip, and sit down to many leisurely alfresco lunches gaazing out across the open ocean. Relax each evening in hand-picked, charming accommodations, enjoying warm hospitality, delicious food and lovely company.

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      Day by Day
      Itinerary

      Day 1 – Welcome to Kinsale Read Less

      Day 1

      Welcome to Kinsale

      From the vibrant city of Cork, we head southwest to the gateway of West Cork: the colourful seaside village of Kinsale. Isolated and rural, Cork’s west coast has long attracted artists, creatives and those wishing to live close to nature. Explore the vibrant seafront and pretty marina while also enjoying the best of Kinsale’s culinary delights. In the afternoon, we begin our West Cork bike journey. Pedal along scenic coastal roads, which wind through the rolling countryside, enjoying the breathtaking views all the way to the welcoming town of Clonakilty.

      Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
      Ride Details: 35 km / 22 miles | 300 m / 984 ft

      Day 2 – Seven Heads Read Less

      Day 2

      Seven Heads

      Rugged coastal landscapes, sweeping hills, and hidden coves all await you on your circular ride around the Seven Heads. Begin by pedalling by lush green fields crisscrossed by ancient stone walls, enjoying the sound of birdsong as the views stretch long and large from fence post to fence post. Soon, head towards the sea and explore the seven headlands from which the area took its name. Returning to town, bring your day to a perfect close by visiting a family-run distillery and sampling the local whiskey distilled from heritage barley grown around Clonakilty.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Ride Details: 50 km / 31 miles | 480 m / 1,575 ft

      Day 3 – Clonakilty to Skibbereen Read Less

      Day 3

      Clonakilty to Skibbereen

      Start your day with a stop at the Clonakilty Black Pudding Visitor Centre, the home of one of Ireland’s most renowned food brands. This immersive tour offers a glimpse into life in Ireland in the late 1800s and delves into the rich history of this iconic brand. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely cycle around the stunning County Cork coastline. Weaving in and out of tiny hamlets and quaint villages, pedal past pretty harbours and by leafy hedgerows, taking the time to soak in the lovely views. Along the way, stop at an ancient stone circle – one of the region’s most impressive archaeological sites.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Ride Details: 42 km / 26 miles | 480 m / 1,575 ft

      Day 4 – Coastal West Cork Read Less

      Day 4

      Coastal West Cork

      After breakfast this morning, head out for a true cracker of a ride that showcases the rich variety of landscapes in this beautiful part of the country. Begin by heading south, pedalling past Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve, which is home to important flora and fauna due to its unusual habitat of highly oxygenated yet warm seawater. Chat with your guide about the biodiversity of the nature reserve and look out for a variety of birds. After a relaxed lunch in a pretty seaside village, head back into town to enjoy a well-deserved pint.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Ride Details: 42 km / 26 miles | 400 m / 1,312 ft

      Day 5 – Bantry Bay Read Less

      Day 5

      Bantry Bay

      As the early dawn mists lift from the fields, head out for a relaxing morning pedal through the verdant countryside. Fantastic coastal views unfurl beyond our tyres as we cruise downhill towards the beautiful Bantry Bay. Here, at the water’s edge, set sail with a local skipper, bobbing through the gentle swell and learning about the marine wildlife. After tales of the high seas, we’ll come ashore at the other side of the bay and make our way to our second base of the trip – the bustling town of Glengarriff.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Ride Details: 25 km / 16 miles | 370 m / 1,214 ft

      Day 6 – The Beara Peninsula Read Less

      Day 6

      The Beara Peninsula

      The Beara Peninsula’s impressive landscape is a canvas of rugged mountains, narrow valleys, dramatic coastlines, and charming villages. Today’s route weaves through the southern reaches of this beautiful peninsula, revealing some of its most breathtaking views. Cycle below heather-clad hills and past native rainforests, soaking in the ocean views against an arresting mountainous backdrop. This evening, we’ll raise a glass or two to celebrate our adventure, chatting about the trip as we tuck into a delicious, locally sourced dinner.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Ride Details: 40 km / 25 miles | 415 m / 1,362 ft

      Day 7 – To Killarney & Depart Read Less

      Day 7

      To Killarney & Depart

      For our final day, we’ll leave our bikes behind and stop at the lush valleys of Killarney National Park – a landscape of thundering waterfalls, rocky mountains and dark blue lakes. We’ll enjoy a visit to Muckross House, a stunning Georgian building dating back to the 1800s, which is renowned for its architecture and beautiful gardens. Our trip will finish in Killarney town, where there are many easy public transport options for your onward travel.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

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      Trip Dates & Prices

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      Trip Dates for 2025AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
      17th May - 23rd May 202510 place(s) leftAvailable €3,210Book Now
      21st Jun - 27th Jun 202510 place(s) leftAvailable €3,210Book Now
      9th Aug - 15th Aug 202510 place(s) leftAvailable €3,210Book Now
      20th Sep - 26th Sep 202510 place(s) leftAvailable €3,210Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your preferred departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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      Trip Details

      Accommodation Read More

      This trip features local accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast. Relax by the fire in comfortable countryside hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses snuggled into some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.

      Single Rooms

      There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, 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 €400 is charged.

      Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      Meals Read More

      Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided on the first and final evening of the trip. The other nights of the trip are free for you to dine where you choose. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of regional dishes. Your guide can provide a list of local recommendations and help you make any necessary reservations.

      Inclusions Read More
      • 7 days of professional guiding with a lead guide, plus an assistant guide/support driver
      • 6 nights accommodation in 3-star and 4-star hotels/inns/guest houses on a B&B basis
      • Meals as stated in the itinerary
      • Vehicle transport throughout, including ride support
      • All luggage transfers throughout the trip
      • Entrance and admission fees, as stated in the itinerary
      • Ride snacks and drinks
      Grading Read More
      Green Graded 1-3

      Our green-graded trips would usually include shorter days, with fewer ascents and more stops along the way.
      The green-graded trips have been designed to be accessible so that they appeal both to active people who enjoy road cycling but prefer flatter terrain and to people new to cycle touring but want a new way to experience the country.

      On most days the itinerary is a relaxed combination of saddle time, scenic lunch stops and time to explore the natural and cultural history.

      As with all of our road cycling trips, we have a guide riding with you on the road but also have a dedicated support vehicle, so if you need a break at any time, you can jump in the minivan and give your legs a rest.

      Distances typically range from 25-35 miles each day, with possibly one or two slightly longer days between key stages of the itinerary. The terrain is generally flat, with one or two short climbs.

      Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

      You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland guide at Cork Kent Train Station at 12:00 on Day 1 of your trip. We will drop you off at Killarney Train Station by 12:00 on the last day of the trip.

      Bike Hire / Bring Your Own Bike Read More
      Bike Hire

      We have an excellent fleet of bikes available to hire – including road bikes and E-bikes.
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      Bring Your Own Bike

      You are also more than welcome to bring your own bike.

      If you choose to do so, please ensure it’s in excellent working condition and has been recently serviced – either by you or by a reputable bike shop.

      Speak to an Expert

      Patricia Doe

      An avid cyclist and hiker, Patricia enjoys exploring Ireland’s wild landscapes every chance she gets. She particularly loves the under-appreciated regions of Mayo, Connemara, Sligo and Donegal. Having spent nearly a decade in the hospitality industry, Patricia is an expert on Ireland’s luxury and unique accommodations. As Wilderness Ireland’s General Manager and head of the sales team, Patricia is ready to help make your Irish adventure spectacular!

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Green Graded 1-3

      Our green-graded trips would usually include shorter days, with fewer ascents and more stops along the way.
      The green-graded trips have been designed to be accessible so that they appeal both to active people who enjoy road cycling but prefer flatter terrain and to people new to cycle touring but want a new way to experience the country.

      On most days the itinerary is a relaxed combination of saddle time, scenic lunch stops and time to explore the natural and cultural history.

      As with all of our road cycling trips, we have a guide riding with you on the road but also have a dedicated support vehicle, so if you need a break at any time, you can jump in the minivan and give your legs a rest.

      Distances typically range from 25-35 miles each day, with possibly one or two slightly longer days between key stages of the itinerary. The terrain is generally flat, with one or two short climbs.

      Find Out More

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