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Wild Atlantic Way Cycling Dingle Peninsula

Killarney to Tralee

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The fourth section of the Wild Atlantic Way cycling takes you from the town of Killarney to Tralee across the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, discovering the region’s rich culture, history and wild beauty. The route hugs the coastline and rewards cyclists with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Kerry Mountains.

The colourful town of Dingle is a stop along this section of the Wild Atlantic Way cycling: TripAdvisor rated it among the top 100 destinations in the world and National Geographic referred to it as “the most beautiful place on earth”. The town’s most famous resident is a bottle nose dolphin named Fungi who made Dingle harbour his home in 1983.

On this section of the Wild Atlantic Way cycling you will cross the Dingle Peninsula and Mount Brandon by the famous Conor Pass which has a superb viewing point at 412m. From here you will be able to see the coast on either side of the peninsula.

In addition to stunning landscapes, the Dingle Peninsula is also dotted with important cultural and historic sights from Celtic Ogham stones to Fahan Beehive huts, ring forts, dolmens, standing stones and holy wells. Annascaul is also an interesting stop, as it is the birthplace of famous Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. His pub, The South Pole Inn, is a great place to get some refreshments or explore the museum. Parts of the Dingle Peninsula are in a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area): the best place to discover authentic Irish culture. Get a free quote for the Dingle Way cycle!

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Killarney to Tralee – Standard:
    • 6 days/5 nights. Departing from Killarney, cycling The Dingle Peninsula, finishing your tour back in Tralee. Staying in our selected accommodation along the way.
  • Killarney to Tralee – Extended Tour:
    • 7 days/6 nights. Departing from Killarney, cycling The Dingle Peninsula, including a tour of the Blasket Islands (weather permitting) finishing your tour back in Tralee. Staying in our selected accommodation along the way.

Trip highlights

  • Go for a dip in the sea in fantastic Inch Strand
  • Wander the colourful streets and harbour of Dingle
  • Be amazed by incredible views from the Conor Pass
  • Discover archaeological monuments, some over 6,000 years old!

1 Killarney

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On the first day of your Wild Atlantic Way cycling trip you will make your way to the tourist hub of Killarney. When you have checked into your hotel take some time to explore this vibrant town. Discover a treasure trove of fantastic restaurants, serving traditional meals with fresh locally sourced produce and a wealth of music, history, culture and traditional bars, to help you make the most of the ‘Craic agus ceol‘ (Irish for fun and music).

If you have enough time the day you arrive, these are some activities not to be missed in Killarney:

A guided tour of 19th century Tudor-style Muckross House and Gardens, around which Killarney National Park was created.

Cruise Killarney’s beautiful lakes on Lough Leane, the area’s largest and most picturesque lake, with heritage attractions including 15th century Ross Castle, O’Sullivan Cascade and the monastic ruins of Inishfallen Island.

 

2 Killarney to Annascaul - 49km

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7H | +232m / -239m
Your first day cycling the Wild Atlantic Way will see you leave Killarney’s busy streets in favour of well maintained regional roads, as you travel west to Annascaul. Castlemaine, in the foothills of the Slieve Mish Mountain range and roughly half way point of your journey today, is a nice town to rest a while before continuing your cycle the northern edge of Castlemaine Harbour, past impressive Inch Beach (which is actually 3 miles long!) and on to Annascaul village. Annascaul was the birthplace and final resting place of the Arctic explorer Thomas Crean. His bar ‘The South Pole Inn’ is still open and displaying photographs and mementos of his adventures.

3 Annascaul to Dunquin - 40km

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5H45 | +434m / -414m
Leaving Annascaul you will cycle on good roads with the mountains on your right and great sea views on you left to the bustling fishing port of Dingle, home to delicious local food and a vibrant music scene. Dingle harbour has been home to Fungie the bottle-nose dolphin since 1984. From Dingle you will continue along the coast around Ventry Harbour, past the prehistoric Dunbeg Fort and Slea Head to your accommodation in Dunquin.

Extra Day Blasket Island Tour

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Take an extra day to visit the iconic Blasket Islands. Leaving Dunguin Harbour hourly, you can make the 20 minute ferry journey to islands. Great Blasket Island was once the home of three noted Irish writers Tomás Ó Criomhthain, Peig Sayers and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin. The islands are now uninhabited by humans but are home to huge colonies of sea birds.

You are free to spend the day on Great Blasket Island walking, hiking, swimming, painting, taking photos, visiting the old village, or just enjoying the wonderful landscapes, stunning seascapes and the wildlife. Bear in mind this tour is weather dependant.

4 Dunquin to Dingle - 35km

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4H30 | +242m / -268m
After the village of Dunquin, the Wild Atlantic Way cycling tour takes you to Ballyferriter (home to the famous potter Louis Mulcahy) and around Sybil Head and Smerwick Harbour. At the hamlet of Feoghanagh (believed to be the launching point of St Brendan when he supposedly crossed the Atlantic Ocean and discovered North America in the 6th Century) you will cross the peninsula, in the shadow of Brandon Mountain as you return to Dingle for the evening.

Dingle once served as an important hub for trade with Spain and France but in more recent times, people come to Dingle for its vibrant social scene, traditional Irish music and numerous restaurants, many of which specialise in seafood for which the town is famous.

5 Dingle to Tralee - 46km

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7H15 | +527m / -525m
Your last day cycling this spectacular section of the Wild Atlantic Way will be the most challenging as you ascend the Connor Pass (400m), crossing the mountain range that forms the spine of the Dingle Peninsula. The views from this high point more than make up for the effort it takes to get there, plus the descent on the far side will leave you free wheeling half way to Brandon Bay. The northern side of the peninsula tends to be more sheltered than the southern side and you will cycle along flat well paved roads, through Castlegregory and on to your accommodation in Tralee. With mountain views to your right and stunning seascapes to your left, this stretch of road is a lovely way to finish up your Wild Atlantic Way cycling tour.

6 Tralee

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After breakfast your Wild Atlantic Way cycling tour comes to an end.

Talk to our reservations team about adding an extra evening to your itinerary so that you have some time to explore Tralee and the region, visit the Siamse Tíre (the Folk Theatre of Ireland) or the Kerry County Museum.

Hotels and guest houses have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff (why not ask our sales team about optional upgrades to superior rooms or suites where available along you tour). As our tours pass areas of outstanding natural beauty and cultural heritage, it is worth while considering adding in a rest day in the middle of your tour. Accommodation displayed is subject to availability and if the hotel/guest house described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort and price.

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We have chosen a modern hotel in the heart of Killarney town centre as your accommodation at the start of your tour with us. Our hotels will be rated 3 stars at least, ensuring you are offered the best possibility to relax before your week cycling along the Dingle Peninsula.

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This evening you will be staying in a recently refurbished family run guest house situated in the heart of Annascaul village, a popular choice with cyclists, hikers, families and sightseers who wish to explore the beautiful Dingle Peninsula.

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This evenings guest house has been renovated recently and is a traditionally styled farm house, set on a working farm on the Dingle peninsula.

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A popular tourist town we have a selection of guest houses and hotels to choose from, depending on your requirements and whether you wish to add a rest day into your itinerary.

Tralee - Standard

We have chosen a modern hotel in the heart of Tralee town centre for your last nights accommodation on this tour with us. Our hotels are rated 3 stars at least ensuring you are offered the best possibility to relax and rejuvenate after your week cycling.

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Killarney

 

Kerry Airport 17km:

Kerry Airport to Killarney | Taxi | Travel time 0H20, taxi rank outside main terminal | Fare €30 approx.

OR

Kerry Airport to Killarney | Bus Éireann No.285 | Travel time 0H30 outside the main terminal every 2 hours | Fare €9 return approx.

 

Cork Airport 88km:

Step 1: Cork Airport to Cork City | Bus Éireann – Bus No.226A | Travel time 0H20, leaving every 30 minutes.

Step 2: Cork City (Cork Kent Station) to Killarney | Irish Rail | Travel time 1H15, leaving every 2 hours | Fare €40 return approx.

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Step 2: Cork City (Cork Kent Station) to Killarney | Bus Éireann No.40 | Travel time 2H, leaving every 2 hours from mid morning to mid day | Fare €40 return approx.

 

Dublin Airport 314km:

Dublin Airport to Killarney | Bus Éireann | Travel time 6H15 leaving Dublin Airport every 2 hours from mid morning to evening | Fare €50 return approx.

Dublin Airport to Killarney | Dublin Coach | Travel time 4H20 leaving Dublin Airport every hour for Red Cow, Change in Red Cow for 8 daily services from 06:35 to 21.35 each day to Killarney | Fare €20 one-way, Online booking advisable; http://www.dublincoach.ie/index.php

 

Dublin Airport 314km: (Via Dublin City Centre)

Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Aircoach | Travel time 0H30, leaving every 15-30min | Fare €6 approx. one way.

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Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Dublin Bus – Bus No.747 | Travel time 0H40, leaving every 15min | Fare €6 one way. (NOTE: This bus also stops at Heuston Train Station).

Step 2: Once on O’Connell Street it is a short walk, tram or taxi ride to Heuston Train Station, Busaras Bus Depot or Burgh Quay.

Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Heuston Train Station) to Killarney | Irish Rail | Travel time 3H15, leaving every 2 hours | Fare €40 return approx.

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Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Busaras Bus Depot) to Killarney | Bus Éireann | Travel time 6H15, leaving every 2 hours from morning to mid day | Fare €50 return approx.

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Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Burgh Quay) to Killarney | Dublin Coach | Travel time 4H00, 8 services daily from 06:15 to 21:15 | Fare €20 one-way.  Online booking advisable; http://www.dublincoach.ie/index.php

 

Tralee

 

Kerry Airport 20km:

Kerry Airport to Tralee | Taxi | Travel time 0H30 taxi from outside the terminal | Fare €40 approx.

OR

Kerry Airport to Tralee | Bus No.285 | Travel time 0H30 from outside the terminal | Fare €9 return approx.

 

Cork City 118km:

Cork City (Cork Kent Station) to Tralee | Irish Rail | Travel time 1H15, leaving every 4 hours | Fare €30 each way approx.

OR

Cork City (Cork Bus Station) to Tralee | Bus Éireann | Travel time 2H00, leaving every 2 hours from mid morning to mid day | Fare €40 return approx.

 

Dublin Airport 305km:

Getting to Tralee from Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport to Tralee | Bus Éireann | Travel time 6H00, leaving every 2 hours from mid morning to evening with a change in Limerick | Fare €50 return approx.

Dublin Airport to Tralee | Dublin Coach | Travel time 4H05, leaving Dublin Airport to Red Cow every 30mins from 03:15 to 23:45.  Change at Red Cow for Tralee, 9 daily services, every 2hrs from 07:35 to 23:35 | Fare €20 each way -Online booking advisable; http://www.dublincoach.ie/index.php

Getting to Tralee from Dublin Airport via Dublin City Centre

Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Aircoach | Travel time 0H30, leaving every 15-30min | Fare €6 approx. one way.

OR

Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Dublin Bus – Bus No.747 | Travel time 0H40, leaving every 15min | Fare €6 one way. (NOTE: This bus also stops at Heuston Train Station).

Step 2: Once on O’Connell Street it is a short walk, tram or taxi ride to Heuston Train Station or Busaras Bus Depot.

Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Heuston Train Station) to Tralee | Irish Rail | Travel time 3H50, leaving every 2 hours | Fare €20-€40 return approx.

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Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Busaras Bus Depot) to Tralee | Bus Éireann | Travel time 3H40, leaving every 2 hours from morning to mid day | Fare €50 return approx.

OR

Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Burgh Quay) to Tralee | Dublin Coach | Travel Time 4H25, 9 daily services from 07:15 to 23:15 | Fare €20 one-way.  Online booking advisable; http://www.dublincoach.ie/index.php

 

More information:

Irish Rail – Train.

Bus Eireann – Intercity Bus.

Dublin Coach – Intercity Bus

Air Coach – Airport Transfer.

Dublin Bus – Dublin City Bus.

Luas – Dublin Tram service.