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    Self Guided plus+ Cycling

    Wild Atlantic Way Southwest

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    Next Trip: 13th - 19th Jul 2024 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    From: £1,970 View Prices & Dates

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    Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
    Trip Type: Self Guided plus+ Cycling
    Accommodation: Classic
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    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.

    Trip Highlights

    • Journey along hand-picked bike routes along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way coast.
    • Bike spectacular southwest scenery in Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Burren, and Cliffs of Moher.
    • Relax in comfortable guesthouses and hotels in excellent towns and villages .
    • Enjoy a self-guided biking holiday while your soigneur/support guide looks after all the details.
    • Focus on the road as the arrival, departure, luggage transfers and on-road support are organised.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    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.

    Bike Distance: 45km/ 28 miles | Ascent: 410 m/ 1,345 ft

    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. (B)

    Bike Distance: 77km/ 47 miles | Ascent: 710 m/ 2,329 ft 

    Day 3 - Killarney and 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. (B)

    Bike Distance: 64 km/ 40 miles | Ascent: 360 m/ 1,180 ft

    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. (B)

    Bike Distance: 78km/ 48 miles | Ascent: 590 m/ 1,935 ft

    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. (B)

    Bike Distance: 85 km/ 54 miles | Ascent: 500 m/ 1,640 ft

    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. (B)

    Bike Distance: 54 km/ 33 miles | Ascent: 250 m/ 820 ft

    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. (B)

    Self Guided plus+ Cycling
    Wild Atlantic Way Southwest

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    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 5 different accommodations on this trip (a new one each night). Single rooms are available on request.

    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
    • Bike Hire choice of:

    • 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 as well as some meals. It does not include drinks or any gratuities you may choose to leave.

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    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.

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



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    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

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    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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