Our Southern Tour of The Wild Atlantic Way takes in the 3 peninsulas of Dingle, Inveragh and Beara in Kerry then crosses over in Co. Cork to include Sheeps Head and eastwards toward Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland.
We have selected the best riding routes with an emphasis on scenery and being off the beaten path.
This tour will suit those looking to mix up their days – with some short riding days allowing you time to explore off the bike.
Complimentary pick-up from Kerry Airport or Killarney Train Station
Pick up from Shannon & Cork Airports available
Check in with The Brehon for overnight accommodation. (4 Star)
Early check in when available for international arrivals
Complimentary drink at the bar or meet up with fellow riders
If you are early, you can check out your bike and riding gear
Kick back and enjoy the facilities of the Brehon or its sister hotel The Gleneagle next door which has live music
Visit Killarney town and soak up the atmosphere
We head out west from Killarney towards Beaufort, passing alongside Killarney National Park and the River Laune.
• Killorglin – Home to the famous annual Puck Fair. Puck Fair, (‘poc’ being the Irish for a male goat) is one of Ireland’s oldest fairs. The “Queen of Puck”, traditionally a young school girl from one of the local primary schools, crowns the goat “King Puck“. It takes place each August 10th. The goat is released unharmed!
• Next town Glenbeigh, where you can detour to Glenbeigh beach and take a (coffee) break
• Passing through Cahirsiveen, you then need watch out for a turn right to Reenard Point, where you can pick up a short ferry over to Valentia Island.
• Valentia Island – home to Tetrapod Footprints are the most extensive of the four Devonian trackways in the world.
• Take a run out to Valentia Lighthouse – a spectacular location, but care is needed riding down the narrow roads with adverse camber switchback! • Riding down the island, towards the bridge for Port Magee, you can exit the island and stop off in one of the various towns pubs and restaurants for a lunch stop.
• Next we ride around the Skellig Ring which is off the beaten track, as the bus tours cannot take this route. Views from Kerry Cliffs are spectacular and you will also get chances to see the famous Skellig Rocks from this route. The smallest of the 3 islands, is called LemonRock!
• Next we ride through Ballinskelligs and onto Waterville as we enter the most southern part of the Ring of Kerry. Back onto the ring for Coomakista Pass which offers fantastic views over Kenmare Bay
• Riding with Kenmare Bay on your right, divert up to see Staigue Fort and then you’ll pass through Parknasilla and on into Kenmare town
• Overnight in Kenmare which is rapidly becoming highly renowned for its fine selection of restaurants.
Beara Peninsula 240Km – 5 Hrs
Today’s ride starts out from Kenmare town and heads over the Roughty River in Kenmare and onto the Beara Peninsula.
Next take the route over the Healey Pass, unless the weather is extremely adverse, when it may be better to continue out to Lambs Head.
After Healey Pass ride from Adrigole on the south coast to Castletownbear which is great spot for a coffee stop. Then head up another smaller pass to Eyeries and onwards to to Lambs Head.
If you have the time, take the cable car out to Dursey Island – in itself a unique experience!
Ride back towards Castletown Bearhaven – a pretty seaside village.
Continue on with the coastline on your right through Adrigole and follow the coastline back to Glengarriff.
Glengarriff is a small town, but has its own unique charm. The short passenger boat rides to Garnish Island is well worth a visit.
Finally ride on through Ballylicky and into Bantry where we stay for the night.
Day 5 – 124 Km – 3Hrs 20 riding time
Haven Coast – Overnight Kinsale
- Union Hall
- Roscarberry – Long Strands – Sandscove – Ardfield
- Clonakilty – South Ring – Timoleague
- Coast Road to Ballinspittle
- Old Head
- We make sure to visit the Old Head of Kinsale
- Old Head was known for its lighthouse, established in the 17th century by Robert Reading. This is also the nearest land point to the site where the RMS Lusitania sank in 1915, after being hit by a German torpedo. Nearly 1,200 people perished in the incident.
174 Km – Kinsale to Killarney
- Some might say we’ve saved the best until last! Today’s ride is enchanting and spectacular which we hope will leave you with indelible memories of your trip to Ireland.
- We have lovely riding roads, first on the list is Bandon town on up by Templemartin into Crookstown.
- The route along Inchigeelagh by Lough Allua and onto Gougane Barra is the enchanting part of the ride.
- Head south towards Ballickey and look out for the turn off for the pass known as Priest’s Leap, which is optional at riders discretion. This pass is not for the faint hearted and best avoided if the weather is against you.
- This pass will bring you into the pretty town of Kenmare, where you have lots of choice to stop for lunch.
- The final riding route brings you to the famous Molls Gap, then into the Black Valley. So called because it was the last place in Ireland to receive electricity!
- Then your route takes you to the iconic Gap of Dunloe and by Kate Kearney’s Cottage
- Your final destination is a short ride away to LemonRock in Killarney, where you will overnight in The Brehon.
- Relax in the Angasana Vitality suite (complimentary) or book ahead for a well earned spa treatment
- Have a drink on Lemonrock in the Brehon bar – why not try out our Lemonrock cocktail?
Transported back to your Airport for flight home. Depending on time of flight, you may have time for shopping in Killarney or relaxing in the excellent Angsana Spa in the Brehon.
- Includes 1 bike rental
- Single room accommodation
- July/Aug Supplement €170
- Includes 1 Bike rental
- Double or Twin Room
- July/Aug Supplement €124pp
- Includes 2 Bikes rental
- Double or Twin Room
- July/Aug Supplement €124pp