Cycle the Ring of Kerry
The Iveragh peninsula, known worldwide as the Ring of Kerry, is the base for this self-guided cycling package. The Ring of Kerry plays host to innumerate natural wonders. Kerry's beauty and grandeur is sure to please even the most ardent traveller.
Starting in the town of Killarney, made famous by the magnificent 'Three Lakes of Killarney', the 'Ring' then continues anti-clockwise through Killorglin, to Caherciveen, on to Waterville and Sneem before returning to Killarney. This route is inclined to be "over-run" with tourists, and therefore unkind to cyclists. For this reason, we suggest a much more leisurely and quieter mix of inland and coastal routes to give just the same, if not more, beauty and splendour.
You will stay in B&Bs along the route. All rooms are ensuite, meals are excellent and the scenery could not be better. Your luggage will be transferred each day for you. You will cycle with the help of detailed maps and route descriptions.
Arrive in Killarney and check into your B&B. Collect your bicycles and Information Pack with route description and map from the proprietor. If you have time take the short circular cycle to Muckross House and Killarney National Park and then back to Killarney for your first night in this welcoming, friendly town.
Killarney - Glenbeigh
Leaving Killarney you cycle west under the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill, around the beautiful Caragh Lake before heading to the picturesque village of Glenbeigh and your overnight stop.
Glenbeigh - Caherciveen
Heading west from Glenbeigh, today’s route takes you to the peaceful and tranquil shores of Kells Bay. From here you continue on west finishing the day's cycle outside the town of Caherciveen over looking Valentia Island. You spend two nights in Caherciveen.
Today you have a free day. You can arrange a boat trip to the famous 6th century Skellig Island or if the weather does not permit, take the ferry over to Valentia Island and cycle around this lovely little island that is steeped in history.
Caherciveen - Kenmare
From Caherciveen, today’s cycle takes you on one of the most glorious route’s imaginable. An inland trip through the Inny Valley and the legendary Ballaghisheen and Ballaghbeama passes offering spectacular views as you descend to the southern shores of the peninsula and Kenmare and your accommodation for the next two nights.
Kenmare circular route
Leaving your Kenmare B&B you can enjoy a lovely circular cycle over to the Beara Peninsula and around Lough Inchiquinn before returning back to Kenmare. As an option you can continue on to Glengarriff and return to Kenmare through Turner’s Rock tunnel road. It is hard to imagine that two peninsulas so close together geographically can be so different in landscape and appearance & today gives you the opportunity to see this contrast first hand.
Kenmare - Killarney
Today you cycle along backroads to the famous Molls Gap offering wonderful views over the spectacular Three Lakes of Killarney. From here you continue cycling to the Black Valley and through the renowned Gap of Dunloe before returning to Killarney for your final night.
Breakfast and departure
After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey. Connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon and Dublin.
The B&B option means you will get to stay in a family home where the personal touch and attention to detail is second to none. A true Irish welcome awaits you as well as home-cooked food, comfort and a taste of traditional Irish life.
While you may be staying in part of the family home this does not mean that you will not have privacy and high standards of accommodation you require. Cosy rooms, modern facilities and care and attention are what these properties excel in.
"Thank you for all your help and organisation; the bikes and panniers were great, and the B &B’s all comfortable and in great locations The scenery was spectacular – we couldn’t believe that around every corner we had another breathtaking view. Every pub we went into had somebody playing a fiddle or guitar so our teenagers were thrilled at all times!
Nancy Bennett, Bill, Sarah & Liam - July 2011
Terms and conditions
To secure your booking, we will request 30% deposit per person. Please note this is a non-refundable payment. The balance payment is due 30 days before the tour starts.
If your tour start date is within 30 days of booking, the full, non-refundable payment is required upon booking.
We do not organise travel to/from Ireland. However there is some useful information on our “Getting To Ireland” page.