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Bike Tour
The Kerry Peninsulas

3 review(s)

Next Trip(s): 16th May | 27th Jun Duration: 6 night(s)

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Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
Trip Type: Biking
Comfort: Classic
Confirmed: When 3 Traveller(s) Book
Deposit From €498.75

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Trip Details

Join us on this exhilarating bike trip that explores the 3 peninsulas of the Kingdom of Kerry.

The southwest of Ireland and Kerry particularly has long allured and inspired travellers from all over the world. Though Kerry is popular, this bike trip will bring you on a backstage tour of Kerry’s wild side – explore the 3 peninsulas of Kerry by bike!

From classic climbs to coastal cycles, on this fully-guided bike trip through magical Kerry, you’ll explore Dingle’s beehive huts, Beara’s rugged landscapes, Killarney’s sparkling lakes, and Kerry’s soaring mountains. On Biking the Kerry Peninsulas, you’ll traverse the three peninsulas of Kerry – Beara, Iveragh and Dingle – and discover the magic of the Kingdom of Kerry from the seat of a bicycle, all the while staying in fantastic local accommodations and rubbing shoulders with some of Kerry’s most intriguing characters!

PLEASE NOTE – The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wilderness Ireland Guide with regard to weather conditions and other factors. 

Trip Highlights

  • Traverse the 3 wild and diverse peninsulas of Kerry: Beara, Iveragh & Dingle.
  • Explore classic cycling routes: Molls Gap, the Gap of Dunloe & the Healy Pass.
  • Pedal through Ireland's highest mountain range & Killarney National Park.
  • Cycle to Ireland's westernmost point at Slea Head .

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Exploring Quaint Kenmare

Meeting in Limerick, head south into the magical landscapes of Kerry for our first peninsula, the Beara Peninsula. You’ll explore rolling emerald hills, snug villages, ruined monasteries and even thatched cottages. Starting in lively Kenmare village, we’ll pedal off along country lanes for lovely bay views. (D)

Distance: 23 km / 14 miles

Day 2 – Bike Coast to Coast on the Beara Peninsula

The quietest and least-known peninsula in Kerry, the dramatic Beara Peninsula is cycling heaven. We’ll weave across the headland from coast to coast, with time to take in the Healy Pass, a classic Irish cycling route. (B, L)

Distance: 66 km / 41 miles

Day 3 – MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains

Off to our next peninsula, the Iveragh Peninsula – home of the world-famous Ring of Kerry! Biking part of the renowned Ring of Kerry, we’ll pass among the soaring McGillicuddy’s Reeks mountains, winding past Ireland’s highest mountain following an ancient route named for Oisin, a mythological Irish hero, to arrive in Killarney National Park. (B, L)

Distance: 68 km / 42 miles

Day 4 – Killarney National Park & Gap of Dunloe

Today we’re in for a treat! Today’s ride through Molls Gap offers panoramic views over the mountains we conquered yesterday before we cross the beloved Gap of Dunloe, home to the iconic Wishing Bridge. We’ll explore the spectacular lakes of Killarney, keeping our eyes out for castles, quaint horse-drawn carriages and even the local red deer! (B, L)

Distance: 60 km / 37 miles

Day 5 – Exploring the Dingle Peninsula

Off to our final peninsula, the Dingle Peninsula! After mastering the classic climbs along the Ring of Kerry, we’ll say goodbye to the Iveragh Peninsula’s peaks and enjoy Dingle’s gentle coastal roads. Stroll along white sand beaches and across rocky shores. In the evening, enjoy some of Dingle’s live music – a townhome to some of the best traditional Irish music! (B, L)

Distance: 27 km / 17 miles

Day 6 – Slea Head - Ireland's Westernmost Point

Slea Head is about as far west as we can go – the next stop west is North America! Looping around this amazing headland, drink in the fantastic views of the remote Blasket Islands, evacuated in the 1950s, before exploring ancient monastic beehive huts, stone oratories and hidden coves of Slea Head – perhaps with time to taste some local whiskey! In the evening, we’ll celebrate the end of our trip with a splendid feast. (B, L, D)

Distance: 50 km / 30 miles

Day 7 – Departure 

Today, we’ll say goodbye to Kerry’s peninsulas and head back to Limerick, a city that’s seen its fair share of urban development in recent years, in time for regular train connections to Dublin. (B)

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Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

This trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. Typical accommodations on this trip are a step back in time, a charming oasis of tranquility. Rooms are bright, spacious and quaint and the service is impeccable. All accommodations provide breakfast.

We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However, you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you specifically require a single room you will have to pay the single supplement charge of €250 but this is subject to availability.

Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Limerick Train Station by the ticket booth at 12pm on Day 1 of your trip. We will drop you off at Limerick Train Station by 1pm on the last day of the trip, in time for regular connection to Dublin.

For details on how to get to Cork, please see the travel section of our website.

Trip Dates & Prices

Trip Dates for 2020 Availability Status Price Book
16th May - 22nd May 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,995 Book Now
27th Jun - 3rd Jul 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,995 Book Now
29th Aug - 4th Sep 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,995 Book Now

Make This Trip Private

Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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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!

- Patricia Doe

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Difficulty Grades Explained

Blue Grades 4-6

The road cycling trips that we offer are graded to take into account a combination of the general level of fitness required and the number of miles cover as well as the daily ascent and estimated saddle time.

Our blue graded trips are aimed at people who regularly enjoy road cycling and may have completed a multi-day cycle tour before. These trips include the occasional day with steeper climbs, but with plenty of opportunity to stop and to admire the view and take photos.

Harder days are usually followed by much easier ones both in terms of how much distance we cover that day and the number of steep ascents. Most days these trips allow plenty of time for exploring the surrounding area and to enjoy relaxed lunches.

Distance typically range from 30-50 miles each with rolling terrain. On some days you can expect some more challenging climbs and steeper descents. But remember, our support minivan will always be available to offer you a ride if you need it!

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you happy being on your bike for around six hours each day for several days in a row?

Do you regularly ride your bike most weeks or have you done a multi day tour recently?

Are you comfortable climbing and descending steep roads?

Trip Reviews

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 review(s) of Bike Tour – The Kerry Peninsulas

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Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made vacation 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 vacations truly memorable.

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Karen Alexopoulos

Reviewed on 12/08/2019

Age: 50 - 60
Country: Canada
Trip Date: 20/07/2019
Trips Taken: 2

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The Bottom Line

It was an amazing trip. Great cycling, great food and great people. I can truly say that this trip has improved my cycling. I have gained confidence and skills!

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Helen Triolo

Reviewed on 11/08/2019

Age: 60 - 70
Country: United States
Trip Date: 20/07/2019
Trips Taken: 2

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The Bottom Line

Loved everything about this trip - our delightful, accommodating, encouraging guides, the well-planned routes, the food, the wildflowers and waterfalls, the music (live in the van and in Dingle). We rode up Conor Pass! Can't wait to come back and ride in Ireland again.

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Steven Alexandris

Reviewed on 01/08/2019

Age: 50 - 60
Country: Canada
Trip Date: 20/07/2019
Trips Taken: 2

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