Ireland Bike Tour

Celtic Legends, Coastal Enclaves, and Castles of the Emerald Isle

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price from: $4,895Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Ride the Wild Atlantic Way, Ring of Kerry, and Gap of Dunloe, a trio of the country’s most scenic routes
  • At a brewery in Dingle, sample Crean’s lager, named for Irish Antarctic hero and explorer Tom Crean
  • Explore historic sites including Gallarus Oratory, Ross Castle, and the village of Caherdaniel
  • Make your way through Ireland’s highest mountain range, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks

Eat

Fresh local seafood like salmon and oysters, artisanal cheeses, soda bread, and hearty shepherd’s pie

Drink

Guinness stout, Irish whiskey, and craft beers

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  • Day 1

    Conor Pass + Dingle Peninsula

    Your guides will greet you either at your Killarney Hotel or at Kerry Airport. From here it’s less than an hour to Dingle Peninsula where we’ll enjoy a fresh seafood lunch before setting off on our opening ride following the coast before heading inland to climb the Conor Pass. While the climbing is modest, it is dramatic, and the views from the top across the rugged west coast are superb. From here it’s downhill all the way to Dingle. At the entrance to the town, we stop off at the Dingle Brewing Company for a tour and tasting of the excellent Tom Crean Lager, named after the local Antarctic explorer. We overnight at the boutique Castlewood House, a short walk from the buzzing heart of Dingle town.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Maharees, Conor Pass, Dingle
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 455 meters
    Accommodations: Castlewood House

  • Day 2

    Exploring the Dingle Peninsula

    Following a relaxed Irish breakfast, we hit the road to explore the beautiful Dingle Peninsula. This is Gaeltacht country where the Irish language is still widely spoken as a first language and culture and traditions remain strong. Our ride takes us west past a fascinating array of ancient sites including iron age forts, beehive huts, inscribed stones, and historical churches. The Peninsula culminates at the dramatic Slea Head— Europe’s most western point. Before stopping off for a pub lunch in Ballyferriter, we visit the fascinating Gallarus Oratory and Castle for a short private tour. For those seeking more miles after lunch, there is the option of a challenging loop around the slopes of Mount Brandon. Either way, we’ll make sure there is time to explore the charms of Dingle Town itself, including its traditional music scene before heading out for a dinner of your choice in a local restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Slea Head, Ballyferiter, Brandon Creek
    Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 367 meters
    Accommodations: Castlewood House

  • Day 3

    Ocean Ride + the Ring of Kerry

    Today’s ride starts with a journey across the sea to the Iveragh Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. This stretch of water is rich in marine life and even includes Fungie, Dingle’s resident and celebrity dolphin! We land on Valentia Island and then ride via a causeway to the “mainland” at Portmagee. From here, the riding really begins with some steep climbs and wild descents around the Ring of Skellig. The effort is more than compensated by the magnificent coastal views and the equally magnificent delights of the Skellig Chocolate Factory. Our route up the coast takes us to lunch at the historic Smugglers Inn in Waterville. From Waterville, we follow one of the most dramatic sections of the Ring of Kerry, along the cliff tops high above the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll recharge with a glass of Guinness in the historic village of Caherdaniel before our final ride to the charming village of Sneem and the Parknasilla Hotel + Spa.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Valentia Island, Ring of Skellig, Waterville, Sneem
    Accomplished: 47 miles / 75 km, elevation gain: 915 meters
    Accommodations: Parknasilla Resort + Spa

  • Day 4

    The Beara Peninsula

    Today’s route takes us onto the largely undiscovered Beara Peninsula. A short ride from the hotel leads to Blackwater Bridge where we climb aboard a boat to cruise across the beautiful Kenmare Bay. Once ashore, our ride continues in this quiet and tranquil corner of Ireland, straddling the border of County Kerry and County Cork. The coast road takes us west before turning inland to climb the superb Healy’s Pass which offers arguably one of the best views in Ireland. If the weather is fair we’ll enjoy a scenic picnic lunch near the top of the pass. The descent is a blast and leads to the south side of the Beara Peninsula. Our ride ends near the lovely town of Glengarriff where you can choose to explore the town or take a water taxi to visit the world-renowned island garden of Garnish. Here we meet the van for a shuttle right back to Parknasilla. Tonight enjoy dinner at Sacre Coeur in Sneem.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Beara Peninsula, Healy Pass
    Accomplished: 38 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 610 meters
    Accommodations: Parknasilla Resort + Spa

  • Day 5

    The Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe

    Our final day of riding journeys through Ireland’s highest mountain range:  the fantastically named “MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.” We open with some steady climbing to the top of Moll’s Gap before sweeping downhill into the Black Valley to Brandon’s Cottage in Killarney National Park. From here we climb through the narrow Gap of Dunloe pass. This route is traffic-free, but keep an eye out for the traditional jaunting cars (horse drawn carriages), which ply their trade here. The Gap is 11 kilometers long and passes by five beautiful lakes on its way to the north end where lunch and a celebratory Guinness await. The final section of our ride takes us past Lough Leanne to Ross Castle in the heart of Killarney National Park. In the company of an expert local guide, we will explore this fascinating 15th-century fortress, spectacularly situated on the lakeshore. Our final night is in the lively town of Killarney, home to some of Ireland’s best restaurants and pubs.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Molls Gap, The Black Valley, Gap of Dunloe, Killarney
    Accomplished: 39 miles / 62 km, elevation gain: 695 meters
    Accommodations: The Malton

  • Day 6

    Farewell to Ireland

    After a relaxing Irish breakfast, take a stroll around the town or the National Park. Killarney’s many excellent shops provide an excellent opportunity to find some locally made gifts such as Aran sweaters and Waterford crystal. We will transfer you to the rail station or airport where we bid you farewell.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Kerry, Ireland
Pick-Up Location: 12:00pm at the Malton Hotel in Killarney

Depart

Airport City: Kerry, Ireland
Drop-Off Location: 12:00pm at the Malton Hotel in Killarney

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $550

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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