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Wild Atlantic Way Cycling Ring of Kerry

Killarney & Ring of Kerry

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This section of the Wild Atlantic Way takes you to the famous Ring of Kerry on a looped cycling route from the tourist hub of Killarney. This awe inspiring coastal cycling tour takes in pretty villages such as Sneem and Waterville, as well as beautiful stands such as Rossbeigh beach and the manicured Victorian gardens of Muckross Park, just outside Killarney.

For the first three days you will be cycling along the southern coast of the Iveragh Peninsula with the Beara Peninsula across the water on your left and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks on your right. This mountain range is home to 9 of the 10 tallest mountains in Ireland; the tallest of all being Carrauntoohil (1038m). From the town of Waterville you will be able to spot the famous Skellig Islands, the spectacular site of a 6th century monastic settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reaching the coastal town of Portmagee you will have some time to explore Valentia Island, the site of the first permanent communication (telegraph) link between Europe and the United States.

The second half of this Wild Atlantic Way cycling tour will see you making your way back to Killarney across the more rural and flatter Northern side of the peninsula, passing towns such as Portmagee, Glenbeigh and Killorglin, home of the traditional Puck Fair. You will have views of the stunning Kerry coastline including the Dingle Peninsula, Rossbeigh and Inch beaches to your left. We have designed this Wild Atlantic Way cycling tour so you will stay in all the most important towns along this stunning route and with short cycling days, so you will have time to explore the history and heritage of along the way.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Ring of Kerry Loop – Standard:
    • 7 days/ 6 nights. Departing the tourist hub of Killarney, cycling The Ring of Kerry, finishing your tour back in Killarney. Staying in our selected accommodation along the way.
  • Ring of Kerry Loop – Extended Tour:
    • 8 days/7 nights. Wild Atlantic Way cycling touring The Ring of Kerry from Killarney. Enjoying a day exploring Valentia or weather permitting Skellig Island. Staying in our selected accommodation along the way.

Trip highlights

  • Discover the native natural habitats in Killarney National Park
  • Cycle the scenic Ring of Kerry, with stunning landscapes and ocean views
  • Step back in time visiting ancient forts, castles, round towers and abbeys
  • Enjoy a picnic on one of the many sandy beaches of the Iveragh Peninsula

1 Killarney

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You will start your Wild Atlantic Way cycling holiday in the popular tourist town of Killarney where you can explore its many restaurants, cafés and heritage sites, all within walking distance of your first night’s accommodation.

PLEASE NOTE: Killarney is not on the Wild Atlantic Way

2 Killarney to Kenmare - 33km

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4H30 | +383m / -402m
On the first day of your Wild Atlantic Way cycling tour you will leave the bustling town of Killarney via the beautiful Killarney National Park. Muckross House and Gardens will be on your right (it is possible to take a short detour through the estate). You will be gradually gaining altitude as you climb to the highest point of your trip through Molls Gap, where there is a conveniently located café (open March to November). Your descent from Molls Gap will be quite effortless, free wheeling most of the way to your accommodation in Kenmare, a bustling and pretty town home to great food.

PLEASE NOTE: This section is not on the Wild Atlantic Way

3 Kenmare to Caherdaniel - 47km

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6H30 | +501m / -475m
The Wild Atlantic Way takes you from Kenmare to Caherdaniel today along relatively flat and well maintained roads; with ocean views and a selection of small islands including Rossmore, Sherky and Scariff to your left. You will be passing the lively tourist town of Sneem on the way to your accommodation for the evening in Caherdaniel.

4 Caherdaniel to Portmagee - 43km

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7H | +624m / -664m
Leaving the village of Caherdaniel this morning you will climb steadily until you reach the viewing point at Coomakista where you can take in panoramic vistas of Scariff Island, Valentia Island and the Skellig Islands. From here, the Wild Atlantic Way route takes cyclists downhill all the way to the town of Waterville, with the beautiful Lough Currane on your right. Lough Currane is 2 miles wide and 3 miles long and is famous for its salmon and sea trout fishing.

The cycle from Waterville to Portmagee will once again be coastal, along the edge of sandy beaches such as Reenroe and Ballinskelligs. From Ballinskelligs to Portmagee the area is more exposed to the elements and the power of the Atlantic Ocean with sandy beaches making way to rocky sea cliffs. Your accommodation in Portmagee is a short walk from Valentia Island.

Extra Day Skellig or Valentia Island tour

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You can add an extra day to your itinerary, allowing yourself a sleep-in and have a late breakfast before taking a day out of the saddle. If the weather is suitable, arrange a tour of the spectacular Skellig Island (UNESCO World Heritage). The highlights of this area include Geokaun cliffs, Valentia Island Heritage Centre, Ballycarbery Castle, Leacanabuaile Fort, Ahacovra Holy Well and Skelligs Chocolate factory.

5 Portmagee to Glenbeigh - 42km

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6H30 | +335m / -315m
Cycling from Portmagee to Glenbeigh, this stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way cycling tour will be fairly flat along good quality roads, with stunning vistas of the Dingle Peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean to your left. You will find viewing points dotted at key locations along the route, allowing you to get off the road and take pictures safely. The market town of Cahersiveen is a nice place to stop for a coffee or a treat before continuing on your journey.

Between Cahersiveen and Glenbeigh, the Ring of Kerry moves away from the coast taking you to a low level mountain pass for a few kilometers, before linking up with the coast once more as you descend into Glenbeigh, your stop for the evening.

6 Glenbeigh to Killarney - 35km

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5H | +165m / -165m
The first half of today’s journey between Glenbeigh and Killorglin will be on flat good quality roads. Killorglin is best known for hosting the traditional ‘Puck Fair’. This three-day event which is held in August, is the oldest fair in Ireland, dating back over 400 years. Leaving Killorglin you will cross the River Laune and follow a well paved road, lined with traditional hedgerows parallel to the river. You will soon be in Killarney, where you can indulge in a well deserved drink and a celebratory dinner that evening.

PLEASE NOTE: The section between Killorglin and Killarney is not on the Wild Atlantic Way

7 Killarney

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

Why not talk to our reservations team about adding an extra night to soak in the atmosphere of Killarney. Some suggested activities available in the area include:

  • Explore a wealth of heritage attractions including the 15th century Ross Castle, O’Sullivan Cascade, Torc Waterfall and the monastic ruins of Inishfallen Island.
  • Cruise Killarney’s beautiful lakes.
  • Take a guided tour around the 19th century Tudor style Muckross house and gardens around which Killarney National Park was created.
  • Uncover a treasure trove of fantastic restaurants, serving traditional meals with fresh locally sourced produce.

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 at least 3 stars, ensuring you are offered the best possibility to relax before your week of cycling.

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This evenings accommodation is a family run guest house originally built in the 1800’s. This traditional Irish bed and breakfast is ideally situated within walking distance of great pubs, restaurants, a playground, and local swimming pool.

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Your accommodation this evening has been a guest house serving visitors to Kerry for over 20 years. They are located just outside the village of Caherdaniel and their rooms boast an unrivalled view over Kenmare Bay to greet you in the morning. All rooms are en-suite, and a flexible and varied Breakfast is served.

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Your accommodation this evening is a guest house that has been offering unrivalled hospitality for the past 25 years. Just off the Ring of Kerry, with spectacular scenery on its doorstep and a wealth of history, culture and local traditions around it.

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Our first choice accommodation is a guest house just outside the centre of town which is full of character and has friendly staff. The guest house is on the Kerry Way with a selection of shops, restaurants and pubs within minutes of the front door.

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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.

OR

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.

OR

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

 

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.