With the highest mountain range in Ireland as a backdrop, this self-guided cycling tour follows the world-famous Ring of Kerry. Starting and ending in Killarney National Park, the journey traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula, taking you through picturesque villages and natural wonders on a mix of inland and coastal routes.

Highlights

  • Cycle the spectacular Ring of Kerry
  • Discover the natural wonders of Killarney National Park
  • Pedal to Molls Gap for views over the Three Lakes of Killarney
  • Take a break for beer with a local crowd in village pubs

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Killarney & Short Cycle Killarney National Park
Day 2 Killarney to Glenbeigh Glenbeigh
Day 3 Glenbeigh to Caherciveen Caherciveen
Day 4 Caherciveen to Blackstones Bridge Glencar
Day 5 Blackstones to Kenmare Kenmare
Day 6 Kenmare to Killarney Killarney National Park
Day 7 Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Killarney & Short Cycle

The Domain
A traditional Irish B&B

Arrive in Killarney and check into your B&B. Pick up your bicycle and maps. If you have time, take the short circular ride to Killarney National Park, where you have the chance to see both the 15th-century Muckross Abbey and the 19th-century Muckross House with its wonderful gardens. Return to Killarney for your first overnight.

Day 2: Killarney to Glenbeigh

Meet the Local Wildlife
Local wildlife along the trail

Leaving Killarney, cycle west along the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill. You'll pedal around beautiful Caragh Lake before heading to the picturesque village of Glenbeigh, where you'll spend the night. The total distance for today's cycling trip is about 22 miles.

Day 3: Glenbeigh to Caherciveen

Heading West
Cycling on a country road

Heading west from Glenbeigh, today’s 16-mile route takes you to the peaceful shores of Kells Bay. From there, you'll continue west, finishing the day's cycle outside the town of Caherciveen overlooking Valentia Island.

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Day 4: Caherciveen to Blackstones Bridge

Blackstones Bridge
Blackstones Bridge in Kerry, Ireland

Today's 22-mile cycle takes you on one of the most glorious routes imaginable: an inland trip through the Inny Valley. As you wind your way through this wonderful landscape and over the legendary Ballaghisheen Pass, the views are majestic. Your day will finish on the banks of the Blackstones River, where you'll settle in for a night of home-cooked Irish food while relaxing to the sounds of rushing water.

Day 5: Blackstones to Kenmare

en route to Kenmare
En route to Kenmare

Continuing through the heartland of Kerry, enjoy views across the Brida Valley as you meander your way along quiet country roads to the spectacular Ballaghbeama Gap. Cycle through Irish peatland following the Blackwater River and looking out across Kenmare Bay. Your day’s adventure finishes in the beautiful town of Kenmare, where a range of restaurants and pubs are options for dinner. The ride's distance is about 25 miles in total.

Day 6: Kenmare to Killarney

Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park

Today, cycle along backroads to the famous Molls Gap, with views over the spectacular Three Lakes of Killarney. Pedal through the Gap of Dunloe before returning to Killarney for the final night of the trip. After this last leg of the cycling journey (roughly 21 miles), you'll be ready to relax over dinner at a local pub.

Day 7: Departure

The trip comes to a close. Safe travels!

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