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    Self Guided Plus+ Cycling

    Wild Atlantic Way Southwest

    10 reviews

    Deposit From: €556€556
    Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
    Confirmed: When 2 Travellers Book

    Next Departure: 13th - 19th Jul 2024
    Accommodation: Classic


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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Darragh Devaney

      The Wild Atlantic Way is irresistibly alluring for cyclists. Tackle a shortened version of our epic Wild Atlantic Way bike tour on a cycling journey along the rugged coasts and windswept peninsulas of Cork, Kerry and Clare. Traverse wild mountain passes, pedal past incredible cliff-tops, and challenge yourself on iconic Irish cycling routes.

      From the mountainous Killarney National Park, past quintessential Irish farmland and the rolling limestone hills of the Burren to finish in Galway, we’ve used our local area knowledge to create an exciting biking route through West Cork, Kerry and Clare. Pedalling up to 80 km a day, absorb Ireland’s ever-changing scenery with options for additional daily mileage. On this self-guided trip, you’ll have the services of a soigneur (support guide) to arrange luggage transfers, provide roadside assistance and care for your bike each evening. All you have to do? Eat, sleep and cycle.

      The price includes bike rental of a Trek bike which is perfectly suited for Irish roads. Each bike is fitted with a GPS device pre-loaded with daily routes as well as all essential equipment.

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      Day by Day

      Day 1 – Mizen Head Read Less

      Day 1

      Mizen Head

      After meeting your soigneur (support guide) in Cork Train Station, travel together to the far-flung signal station that marks Ireland’s southernmost tip at Mizen Head, and the starting point of your biking journey. As your bags are whisked away to your first hotel, you’ll set off on a scenic ride past rocky coves and through adorable wee fishing villages that dot West Cork’s coastline. This isolated region of Cork offers the perfect opportunity to breathe in your first blast of fresh Atlantic air as you get to know your bike and explore a region of Ireland that most bypass. You’ll spend tonight in the village of Bantry where the fantastic local seafood is the order of the day.

      Meals Included: None
      Ride Details: 45 km / 28 miles | 410 m / 1,345 ft

      Day 2 – The Cork & Kerry Peninsulas Read Less

      Day 2

      The Cork & Kerry Peninsulas

      Today’s route sweeps you across three of southwest Ireland’s amazing peninsulas and through a fabulous mountain pass that is a perennial favourite among local cyclists. Starting at the coast, the road winds its way through lush valleys and into the foothills of the Caha Mountains for the first real climb of the trip. Epic views await atop Moll’s Gap, the summit of your second climb and a perfect coffee stop, before finishing the day with a fantastic long and speedy descent into the busy town of Killarney where we can recommend our favourite pub for the best pint of Guinness in town.

      Meals Included: Breakfast
      Ride Details: 77 km / 48 miles | 710 m / 2,329 ft

      Day 3 – Killarney & Dingle Read Less

      Day 3

      Killarney & Dingle

      The famous Dingle town is beloved throughout Ireland for its lively pubs and incredible restaurant scene. The Dingle Peninsula is a place that has attracted artists, craftspeople and artisans from all over the world. This region is a Gaeltacht, meaning Irish is the daily spoken language for most people. Today’s route skirts below the gentle Slieve Mish mountains before opening out onto ocean vistas as you track along the southern edge of the Dingle Peninsula. If you are up for a little extra distance today, we recommend tacking on one of our favourite short biking loops in Ireland – the stunning route around Slea Head. Ireland’s westernmost promontory, this wild headland cycle includes opportunities to stop at early medieval beehive huts and prehistoric tombs. And did we mention the amazing views? Gaze out at the eerily beautiful Blasket Islands, evacuated in the 1950s, and the sweeping ocean vistas as far as the eye can see.

      Meals Included: Breakfast
      Ride Details: 64 km / 40 miles | 360 m / 1,181 ft

      Day 4 – Dingle to Ballybunion Read Less

      Day 4

      Dingle to Ballybunion

      The Conor Pass, formerly a cattle-driving route through the mountains, is the last of Kerry’s collection of stunningly beautiful mountain passes on this Wild Atlantic Way trip. Climbing hills and mountain passes, at the summit you’re met with views of the miles-long sandy beaches that characterise the northern part of Kerry. Winding down towards the ocean, this brilliant descent is one of our favourites. For the rest of the day, you’ll pedal through quintessential Irish countryside views far from other visitors. Expect wildflower-laced hedgerows, vividly green fields and quiet roads lined with small-holdings. This is real, off-the-beaten-path Ireland where the only other people you’ll see are the locals.

      Meals Included: Breakfast
      Ride Details: 78 km / 48 miles | 590 m / 1,936 ft

      Day 5 – Ballybunion to Doolin Read Less

      Day 5

      Ballybunion to Doolin

      Today’s route follows the Wild Atlantic Way as it winds northwards along the coast. The day starts flat, giving your legs a bit of a rest before ferrying across the Shannon Estuary, the mouth of Ireland’s longest river, and into County Clare. The southern part of Clare is often by-passed by the less adventurous so you’ll enjoy incredibly quiet roads for a lot of today. You’ll pass by the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s most famous landmark, and into the village of Doolin – a bastion of Irish music where traditional Irish music is deeply ingrained in local culture.

      Meals Included: Breakfast
      Ride Details: 85 km / 53 miles | 500 m / 1,640 ft

      Day 6 – The Burren to Galway City Read Less

      Day 6

      The Burren to Galway City

      The other-worldly landscape of the Burren National Park awaits today, an area renowned the world over for the sheer diversity of wildflowers that grow in its seemingly inhospitable rocky crevices. Ireland is an island of contrasting landscapes, and the green of yesterday seems like a distant memory when confronted with the mesmerising limestone hills of the Burren. The terrain today is rolling, with short, sharp climbs and descents. On the outskirts of Galway city, your soigneur will meet you for the short transfer through the city traffic and into the heart of the ‘Spanish Quarter’ where you’ll enjoy a final night in this lively and cosmopolitan city.

      Meals Included: Breakfast
      Ride Details: 54 km / 34 miles | 250 m / 820 ft

      Day 7 – Galway & Departure Read Less

      Day 7

      Galway & Departure

      Galway Train Station is a short walk away from your hotel where there are regular connections to Dublin. Depending on your outward plans, you might enjoy a stroll around this colourful city.

      Self Guided plus+ Cycling
      Wild Atlantic Way Southwest

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      Trip Dates & Prices

      All payments taken in local currency EUR

      Trip Dates for 2024AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
      13th Jul - 19th Jul 20246 place(s) leftGuaranteed €2,160Book Now
      7th Sep - 13th Sep 20241 place(s) leftGuaranteed €2,160Book 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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      Self Guided plus+ Cycling
      Wild Atlantic Way Southwest

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      Trip Details

      Accommodation Read More

      This self guided + cycling itinerary includes 6 nights in 3-4 star accommodation, staying at some of our favourite locally-owned guesthouses and small hotels, each handpicked for their warm welcome and bike-friendly facilities. You will stay at 6 different accommodations on this trip (a new one each night). Single rooms are available on request.

      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 included each day. Your soigneur (support guide) will suggest a number of options for your lunches and evening meals in each location as well as sharing with you favourite pubs in each town you stay in along the way.

      Inclusions Read More

      This trip includes the following:

      • 6 nights in classic graded accommodations- 3-4 star locally-owned small hotels and guesthouses
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
      • Soigneur/support guide (who is also a qualified bike mechanic and first aider) available 24/7 while on the trip
      • A support vehicle throughout the trip that offers guidance, local insights, snacks, a change of clothes, navigation and a boost if needed
      • Essential equipment includes a helmet and GPS with pre-loaded routes. Your soigneur will also have a bike lock, bike tool, spare inner tube, pump and tire levers if required.
      • Bike cleaning and maintenance throughout the trip
      • Welcome briefing and expert bike fitting on Day 1
      • Daily luggage transfers
      • Local maps, cycling route notes and a local area guidebook

      This trip includes all accommodation and some meals. It does not include drinks or any gratuities you may choose to leave.

      Grading Read More

      At Your Own Pace

      Self guided trips can be taken at your own pace, meaning that you can travel whenever and at whatever pace you feel comfortable, leaving time for optional extra activities, explorations or relaxing.

      On this self guided cycling adventure, you will have detailed route notes to follow each day. On most days, you will also have the option to extend your cycling routes with optimal extensions ranging from 2 to 25 miles.

      Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

      Meet your guide at Cork Kent Train Station at 11:00 on Day 1 of your trip. At the end of your trip, your guide will drop you off at Galway Ceannt Train Station by 12:00 where you can continue your onward journey. If you’d like to arrange an extension before or after your trip, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

      Bike Hire / Bring Your Own Bike Read More

      Speak to an Expert

      Darragh Devaney

      Darragh is Wilderness Ireland’s Operations Manager. As the team’s resident bike expert, Darragh has helped research, design and even guide nearly all of Wilderness Ireland’s bike trips. When not in the office, Darragh can usually be found exploring a little-known corner of Ireland on two wheels or camping in the countryside with his family.

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      At Your Own Pace

      Self guided trips can be taken at your own pace, meaning that you can travel whenever and at whatever pace you feel comfortable, leaving time for optional extra activities, explorations or relaxing.

      On this self guided cycling adventure, you will have detailed route notes to follow each day. On most days, you will also have the option to extend your cycling routes with optimal extensions ranging from 2 to 25 miles.

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.90 out of 5 based on 10 review(s) of Self Guided plus+ Cycling – Wild Atlantic Way Southwest



      Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

      That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


      Eddy Flas

      Reviewed on 14/08/2023

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: Belgium
      Trip Date: 05/08/2023
      Trips Taken: 1

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      Jeff Moorehead

      Reviewed on 22/08/2022

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 11/06/2022
      Trips Taken: 1

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      Robin Given

      Reviewed on 10/07/2022

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 27/06/2022
      Trips Taken: 2

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Overall it was different than our previous self guided tours in a very positive way. I liked the GPS navigation was super easy; our guide was available at any moment and ensured we had everythingwe needed; the bikes were well maintained and taken care of by our guide the whole time; the accommodations were hotels in each town and always had fantastic food served; each accommodation was near pubs and restaurants; Wilderness is a very easy and professional team to work with overall I will definitely use this company and recommend it to anyone who is interested. Thanks!!


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