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Kerry Self-Guided Ireland Hike & Bike Tour

Kerry Self-Guided Ireland Hike & Bike Tour

Kerry Self-Guided Ireland Hike & Bike Tour

Trip Details:

Operator:   Ireland Walk Hike Bike
Price From: 845 EUR
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 7 days

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About this program

Perfect for the independent traveller, this 7-day Self-Guided Hike & Bike is a fantastic way to discover the real Ireland. As you travel, meet locals, see unparalleled beauty, and get a dose of adventure!

Known as the “Kingdom of Ireland” County Kerry is home to some of the most iconic scenery. Cliffs carved by the Atlantic Ocean’s waves, golden beaches and emerald green hills. You won’t want to forget your camera for this one!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Killarney Cycle

Arrive in Killarney and check into your B&B. Collect your bicycle and Information Pack with Route Description and maps. If you have time take the short circular cycle to Killarney National Park where you have the chance to see both the 15thCentury Muckross Abbey and the 19th Century Muckross house with its wonderful Gardens. Taking time to enjoy this iconic landscape as you cycle around Muckross lake one of the famous 3 lakes of Killarney. Following your cycle return to Killarney to enjoy this vibrant town for your first overnight stop. Today’s Cycle Distance: 21kms/ 13mi.

Day 2 - Galway's Bridge to Killarney Hike

Today we will transfer you to Galway’s bridge just outside Killarney where you start this stunning hike along the Old Kenmare road and through the Esknamucky Glen. With Views of Killarney lakes and mountains all around this truly is one of Ireland’s premier walking routes. Towards the end of your hike, you will visit the famous Torc Waterfall and continue on to Killarney for your Overnight. Walk Details: Distance: 10kms/6 miles Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 200m. Possible wet and muddy tracks with some road walking. Boots recommended.

Day 3 - Gap of Dunloe Cycle

Today’s Adventure begins with a short cycle to the 15th century Ross castle once home to The O’Donovan Rossa Clan who ruled these lands in times past. You will then take to the water and have the pleasure of sitting back and relaxing while your boatman takes you on a mystical journey through the three Lakes of Killarney. Finishing at the Lord Brandon’s cottage where you can enjoy this tranquil spot with a coffee or some lunch from the café. Now it’s time to conquer the Gap of Dunloe! With a little climbing to do but your reward is an experience like no other weaving your way through this jagged landscape of vertical Glaciated valleys and glistening mountain lakes. When you finish your cycle through the “Gap” you may take time again for a coffee as a reward for your efforts or maybe something stronger. You finish your day’s adventure with a gentle cycle through Killarney National Park and back to your accommodation in Killarney for your overnight. Today’s Cycle Distance: 24km /15mi.

Day 4 - Travel Day - Killarney to Dingle

Today you have time to rest while we transfer you to Dingle town home to Traditional Irish music, Language and culture in the South West. Here where Gaelic is still the daily language of the locals you can enjoy a tour of Dingle Micro Distillery home to Dingle Whiskey, Gin and Vodka where you will sample the “water of life” or Whiskey as its more commonly known! You also have the option to take a boat trip into Dingle Harbour in search of Dingles most famous resident “Fungi” the Bottlenose Dolphin. A resident in Dingle Harbour for many years Fungi has been delighting visitors with his playful antics. Overnight in Dingle.

Day 5 - Slea Head Cycle

Heading west from Dingle you cycle via Ventry to Slea Head with its magnificent breathtaking views across the Blasket Sound to the famous Blasket Island. From here you cycle on to Dunquinn and Ballyferriter on your way back to Dingle for the evening. Alternatively, today you can cycle to Dunquinn Harbour and take the ferry to the Great Blasket Island and enjoy a walk around this mystical and enchanting place. Overnight in Dingle. Today’s Cycle Distance: 41km/25mi.

Day 6 - Dingle to Annascaul Hike

A wonderful walk along the Dingle Peninsula from North to South, following a spectacular old farmer’s track. You walk over the plateau, passing a deserted famine village and Annascaul Lake on the way. You descend into the village of Annascaul. Overnight in Annascaul. Walk Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 375m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections; can be damp. Boots recommended.

Day 7 - Departure

After a final breakfast and farewell, you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.

Country Fast Facts

Ireland

 
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Continent:Europe
Official Language(s)English, Irish Gaelic
Capital:Republic of Ireland: DublinNorthern Ireland: Belfast
Population6,378,000 (2011)
Climate(s)Oceanic
Major Airport(s):Dublin Airport (DUB), Belfast International Airport (BFS), Cork Airport (ORK), Shannon Airport (SNN)
Economic Driver(s):Alcoholic Beverages, Tourism, Energy

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Canada

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Continent:North America
Official Language(s)English, French
Capital:Ottawa
Population36,048,521 (2016 estimate)
Climate(s)Arctic, Sub-arctic, Semi-Arid Desert, Temperate Rainforest, Humid Continental
Major Airport(s):Lester B. Peason International Airport (YYZ), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Economic Driver(s):Fossil Fuels, Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture

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