Discover the vibrant culture and rich heritage of Irelands South West in the beautiful and tranquil region of North Kerry. Cycle through unspoilt scenery with rare flora and fauna. Enjoy landscapes that are rich in ancient monuments, cathedrals and castles. Let the spectacular Atlantic Coastline and rugged cliffs leave a lasting impression. Visit the Seanchaí Literary and Culture Centre which presents the works of some great Kerry writers, your visit will leave you with a sense of the people and places that shaped this region. This tour is suited to moderate experienced cyclist as you will incur some hilly terrain. Bike2Ireland will provide detailed maps and guides plus full support along the way. Book now and let the Adventure begin.
Day 1: Arrive in Tralee
We will meet you on your arrival and transfer you to your accommodation. You will receive your bike and accessories plus route map and detailed guide for your tour. Explore the many attractions Tralee has to offer and you may like to take a leisurely cycle to get use to your surroundings.
Day 2: Tralee to Listowel | 29km
Your bike tour today takes you out of Tralee leaving behind the majestic Slieve Mish mountains. Cycle through the boglands of Lyracrompane and savor the heatherclad mountains and rushing streams. Enjoy the peace and tranquility while biking through this natural and rugged landscape. Continue on to your overnight destination in the heritage town of Listowel. Here you will find a charming market town rich in Literacy. Visit St Johns Castle and the Seanchai Literary Centre which presents works of some great Kerry writers.
Day 3: Listowel to Tarbert via Glin | 32km
Cycle today on some quiet country roads through the village of Athea and making your way to Glin in west county Limerick. This picturesque village on the river Shannon Estuary can boast a very rich and varied culture dating back to the early Celtic Settlements and has been the Ancestral home to the Knight of Glin since the 13th century. Take some time to enjoy the Heritage Walks which offer a wide variety of spectacular coastal and woodland scenery. From here you will cycle a short distance to overnight accommodation in Tarbert. Relax and enjoy the friendly and warm atmosphere in this small village.
Day 4: Tarbert to Ballybunion | 30km
Today's cycle takes you to Ballylongford where you will find the magnificent Carrigafoyle castle which was built on an island between the years of 1450 and 1500. Bike your way on through the beautiful Irish countryside, down Farranastack hill. This hill commands expansive and uninterrupted views over North Kerry. Your overnight accommodation awaits in the seaside town of Ballybunion. Take a walk on the tall picturesque cliffs along the beaches, treat your body to a seaweed bath which is a tradition in this town. Ballybunion castle is the iconic image of the town built in the cliffs with spectacular backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 5: Ballybunion to Ardfert | 29km
Leaving Ballybunion behind and the cool breeze from the Atlantic Ocean bike your way over the Ferry Bridge. You can meander along the Ladies Walk Road until you get to the village of Lixnaw. Take time to view the Korean War Memorial honouring the Irish Soldiers who died in the Korean War. From here travel on to the Medieval Capital of Kerry. Rich in history, visit St Brendan’s Cathedral dating from the 6th century. There are excellent tours and talks to be had around the grounds. Your overnight stop is in this pretty village.
Day 6: Ardfert to Tralee via Fenit | 23km
Today ends your Bike2Ireland tour. You will cycle to your starting point in Tralee. Bike from Ardfert along the picturesque route to Fenit. The birthplace of St Brendan the Navigator, Fenit is full of local history. It is surrounded by breathtaking beauty which we hope provides some of the memories you take with you from this tour. Leaving Fenit behind cycle to your final stop Tralee. If you wish to spend an extra night in Tralee we can provide assistance. Now we say Goodbye, we hope you take lasting memories of Irelands south west home with you.
Please dress according to weather, Irish weather is changable. Temperature varies from 15 to 25 celsius in the late spring and summertime. Please adhere to the rules of the roads. Hi Vis reflectors are supplied as it makes it easier for motorists to see you.
Bike2Ireland require you to purchase full health insurance including coverage for repatriation. Please provide us with an indication that you have purchased this insurance which will cover cycling holidays at the time full payment is made. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary cover before travelling.
Tours Available: April 2015 to Oct 2015. Peak Season runs from Mon June 22nd to Mon August 31st. Shorter Tours are available.