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Unspoilt Ring of Kerry Cycling

Unspoilt Ring of Kerry Cycling

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • From $1715per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2018  
  • Departures
    Every 2 days from 20 Sep '18 to 24 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels
  • All breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, vegetarian meals, solo travellers, couples, coastal routes, lake & river routes
      from 1 reviews

Mr Philips says...
Ireland is stunningly beautiful. Cycle paths were quiet. Accommodation was fantastic with very friendly and helpful Irish hosts who made you feel most ...
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Unspoilt Ring of Kerry Cycling

  • The Ring of Kerry - the 'real' Ireland, away from the crowds in beautiful scenery
  • Our cycle routes feature a quieter mix of inland and coastal routes
  • 10,000 years of dramatic history - an early Celtic tribe settled in the area around 300BC
  • The Gap of Dunloe - a magnificent glaciated valley
  • The stunning Three Lakes of Killarney in Killarney National Park - look out for native red deer
  • This trip is also available as a six-night tour, staying just one night at Killarney at the beginning of the holiday

The Iveragh Peninsula is a stunning region of islands. With Killarney at its epicentre, it is the largest of the 'five fingers' of Ireland, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Mystical, beautiful and grand, the route is also a tourist hotspot, so can be a little unkind to cyclists. Our routes maintain the same beauty and splendour but take you off the path to enjoy a more leisurely and quieter mix of inland and coastal scenery.

You'll pedal through lush countryside and lively, friendly towns, soaking up the charming Irish welcome, which is certainly as great as people talk about. Starting in the large town of Killarney, which offers an array of bars and restaurants where live Irish music can be found every night.

After a lovely warm-up day seeing the sights of Killarney National Park, the routes follow quiet country roads and lanes (boreens in Irish), passing dramatic mountains, sparkling blue loughs, boulder-strewn fields, lush green meadows, fast running rivers and spectacular beaches and bays. This small corner of Ireland is quite rightly famous but still holds on to its traditions and general rural feel - with enough sites to explore for longer than one week. From C19 Muckross House to the UNESCO World Heritage (and, more recently, of Star Wars fame), Skellig Islands.

You'll stay in a mix of bed and breakfasts, where you'll enjoy an Irish breakfast (one which is quirky and located off-the-beaten-track on the banks of the Curragh river) and an historic hotel. Along with the stunning scenery, you'll receive a hearty welcome everywhere you stay.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1 Arrive in Killarney

Check into your B&B and then explore the town, choosing from one of its many restaurants for dinner or enjoying some live music. (Staying at the Killarney Lodge, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Killarney National Park 21km/13.5mi

A short warm-up ride through the stunning Killarney National Park follows a series of cycle trails where you'll see the meeting of the waters where two of the 'Three Lakes of Killarney' converge. Marvel at Torc Waterfall, the second highest in Ireland, visit Muckross House and its magnificent gardens, looking out for the famous red deer. (Staying at the Killarney Lodge, Breakfast only)

Day 3 Killarney to Glenbeigh 53km/33.5mi

Leaving Killarney behind, you'll follow the Fossa Way cycle route, before heading on small country roads as you slowly climb up to the pretty Lough Acoose, below the peak of Carrauntuohill, Ireland's highest mountain. Descending, you'll cycle along the shores of Lough Caragh and on to charming Glenbeigh and its blue flag beach. If you have time, pedal down to Rossbeigh Strand and dip your toes in the Atlantic. (Staying at the Towers Hotel, Breakfast only)

Day 4 Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen 38km/24mi

You'll follow the route of the coast today, passing small farms and on to the beautiful and peaceful shores of Kells Bay. Heading along a scenic narrow road fringed by large green meadows and peaks in the distance, a circular loop at the end takes you past Ballycarbery Castle and a wonderful seaside view and two early Christian stone forts. You'll arrive in the lively town of Cahersiveen, the birthplace of Daniel O'Connell, the Irish political leader (1775-1847). (Staying at the Cul Draiochta, Breakfast only)

Day 5 Cahersiveen to Blackstones Bridge 40km/25mi

Leaving Cahersiveen on the old road you'll pass the ruins of Daniel O'Connell's birth home, before heading back inland where you'll see ruined abbeys and ancient graveyards. After a short descent, a climb up and over the stunning Ballaghasheen Pass will reward you with views back to Killarney and Ireland's highest mountain. A long descent on narrow roads alongside a gushing river takes you to Blackstones Bridge and your quirky and welcoming B&B for the night. (Staying at the Blackstones House, Half Board)

Day 6 Blackstones Bridge to Kenmare 42km/26.5mi

Another stunning rural ride today as you head up and over the spectacular Ballaghbeama Gap; you are more likely to encounter sheep on the roads than vehicles. The road takes you through boulder-strewn countryside, cycling by small lakes, following the Blackwater River. Your day finishes in the beautiful town of Kenmare, also called 'the gateway to Kerry', and your luxury guesthouse for the night. (Staying at the Kenmare Lodge, Breakfast only)

Day 7 Kenmare to Killarney 54km/34mi

As final bike rides go, they don't get much better than this. You'll cycle to Moll's Gap - a panoramic spot that reaches a summit of 860 feet - and continue to the Black Valley. This is one of the last remaining areas of Ireland that is still remote and untouched; with rich fertile meadows and a roaring river, it feels like a land that time forgot. From here you'll climb to one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, the Gap of Dunloe, which was created during the Ice Age. Cycling along this glaciated valley, you'll meander around the many glacial lakes dotted throughout and marvel at the sheer jagged rock faces towering above you. You'll head back into Killarney through the National Park, passing the C15 Ross Castle, before returning to your B&B for your last night (and perhaps a final Guinness). (Staying at the Killarney Lodge, Breakfast only)

Day 8 Leave Killarney

We take you to Killarney Station for your onward journey, or perhaps enjoy extra nights in Killarney to finish your trip.

This trip is also available as a six-night tour, staying just one night at Killarney at the beginning of the holiday. In addition it is easy to add extra nights in all of the towns - perhaps you'd like to visit Valencia Island or take a boat trip to the Skellig Islands. Just ask your sales adviser to arrange.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Killarney Lodge, Killarney

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The Killarney Lodge is located less than five-minutes walk from the centre of Killarney. The Lodge has 16 good sized bedrooms, all of which are well-decorated and have all the amenities you require. There is a small garden around the Lodge. You are welcomed with tea or coffee and a full Irish breakfast is offered each morning, but other hot items can be ordered.

You will find a lovely warm welcome from your hosts, who are also on hand to help with any local information or just happy to have a chat. You will also find a free bottle of water in your room.

The Lodge has a **** Lodge classification from the Irish Tourist Board.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

The Towers Hotel , Glenbeigh

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The Towers Hotel is centrally located in the small village of Glenbeigh. This historic hotel was built in 1895 in the late Victorian style. Throughout the years it has hosted many famous people and it is where the cast of Ryan's Daughter (filmed locally) stayed when filming. The famous Irish artist Marshall C Hutson, spent a lot of time here drawing inspiration for his famous pieces.

The hotel has a traditional feel to it, and offers recently refurbished large rooms, and there is a large lounge area and ample gardens. The hotel boasts an a la carte restaurant or you can enjoy less formal dining in its adjoining pub. They serve a full Irish breakfast and offer an accompanying cold buffet. WiFi is free in the public areas including the pub.

Glenbeigh is lovey small village with a couple of pubs and restaurants, the nearby Rossbeigh Strand is one on the nicest beaches in the region.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Cul Draiochta B&B, Cahersiveen

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Cul Draiochta is a luxury B&B just a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of Cahersiveen. This purpose-built B&B offers lovely spacious rooms with all modern amenities and the house sits with panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean and mountains.

Anne Nugent runs the B&B and she will give you a warm welcome, serving tea or coffee and homemade treats. Anne is from the area and is happy to give you local information and tips on where to eat. You will be served a full Irish breakfast accompanied by a cold buffet. Picnic lunches can be ordered for the next day's walk or cycle.

Cul Draiochta is classed as a *** B&B by the Irish Tourist Board.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Blackstones House, Blackstones Bridge

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Blackstones House is a lovely, quirky B&B, set in a rural area on the banks of the River Curragh. You will be afforded a warm welcome by your hosts. The rooms are well-appointed with panoramic views of the river, mountains and woodlands together with the soothing sound of Blackstones Falls. They also have tea & coffee making facilities. There is free Wi-Fi, a small lounge with a TV and some seating outside.

If you have some free time there are some nice trails in the woods just across the Blackstones Bridge. Or simply enjoy a drink looking over the fast-running river. Dinner is served in the small dining room, a hearty 3-course meal using their own, and local, produce. Expect a large Irish breakfast the next morning.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Neidin House, Kenmare

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You will recieve a warm welcome at Neidin House, it is just five minutes from the centre of lively Kenmare, overlooking the golf course and the parklands. The rooms are all a good size and elegantly decorated. Wi-Fi is free throughout the house. In the morning Kathleen serves a great Irish breakfast.

Kenmare centre is fast becoming known for its gastronomy. For a town of its size there is a large choice of places to eat, from simple, good pub food to high quality restaurants, mixed with some lively pubs.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.

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Mr Philips, 19/08/2018

Ireland is stunningly beautiful. Cycle paths were quiet. Accommodation was fantastic with very friendly and helpful Irish hosts who made you feel most welcome.



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Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Every 2 days from 18th Sep 2018 to 24th Oct 2018, for 7 nights.

Meals
All breakfasts and 1 evening meal

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers are included to and from Killarney train station.

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For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

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