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Ring of Kerry, Glencar Valley and Kenmare

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There is no better way to experience Ireland’s rugged southwestern coast than by bicycle.

You'll explore all that is truly Eire, like weathered stone remains of ancient Celtic ruins, velvety pastures speckled with flocks of grazing sheep, and the timeless charm of traditional Irish pubs. The grandeur of Cork and Kerry will come alive, from the glacier-carved Glencar Valley to the peaks of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range. Have your camera ready for the unspoiled terrain of Beara Peninsula, steeped in myths and legends and rich in archaeological history. Then, settle into the warmth of our outstanding accommodations, share in jovial banter over a pint, and absorb the undying spirit of the enchanting Emerald Isle on your bicycle vacation of a lifetime.

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Ring of Kerry, Ireland | Kenmare, Ireland

Dates

2015
Jun
Jul
Aug

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Caragh Lake to Milltown
Approximately 23 miles with 950 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Killarney Station at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a shuttle, you’ll arrive at the stunning lakeside picnic spot, where you'll enjoy a Trek Travel gourmet lunch. You'll then have some time to explore these magnificent gardens before your Trek Travel guides familiarize you with your Trek bicycle, ensuring that you and your bike are the perfect fit. Your warm-up ride will take you through the surrounding countryside, providing a small taste of the delights that are in store for the week, and concludes at the magnificent Ard na Sidhe Country House. Lovingly restored to its original glory as one of the most beautiful hideaways in Ireland, this country manor has a timeless quality with fine antique furnishings. This evening, you’ll gather with the rest of the group for cocktails, introductions and a discussion of the wonderful week ahead. Then, you and your traveling companions will enjoy a sumptuous dinner, overlooking Lake Caragh and surrounded by the mountainous Kerry countryside.

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Hotel:

Ard na Sidhe Country House
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Caragh Lake to Portmagee with Shuttle
Approximately 32 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Caragh Lake to Valentia Island
Approximately 25 miles with 975 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Caragh Lake to Portmagee to Ballaghisheen Pass Loop
Approximately 73 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning you will explore the famous Ring of Kerry, along the most beautiful parts of the Iveragh Peninsula, and discover one of the largest islands off the southwest coast of Kerry, Valentia Island, home of the first transatlantic communications link. You’ll stop in the fishing village of Portmagee for a relaxing lunch of your choice, whether it's pub-style or at a cozy café. Opt to shuttle back to the hotel from here, or continue your ride. Today’s longer option takes you through the Glencar Valley, a popular forested birding site, and over Ballaghisheen Pass. At day’s end, you'll retire to your stately country hotel and enjoy a pre-dinner stroll through the grounds or a pint in the cozy lounge. This evening, you’ll savor fresh fish or other local specialties at the restaurant of your choice.

Hotel:

Ard na Sidhe Country House
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

3

Today's Ride and Activity:

Caragh Lake to Gap of Dunloe | Walking Tour of Kenmare
Approximately 30 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Caragh Lake to Beaufort
Approximately 23 miles with 2,025 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Caragh Lake to Gap of Dunloe to Kenmare
Approximately 43 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning, you’ll ride the winding road beside Caragh Lake and eventually follow the shoreline of the Upper Caragh River. The stunning views of Glencar Valley will lead you to the Gap of Dunloe, the most famous and picturesque pass in the Ring of Kerry. You can ascende the pass by bike, or perhaps choose to take a “jaunty car” powered by sure-footed horses. Either way, be sure to capture the panorama of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks before descending for lunch. Shuttle home from there, or master one final climb up through the Black Valley and up Moll’s Gap before enjoying a well-deserved descent into Kenmare. Cradled in the heart of Kenmare Bay, the bustling town of Kenmare will be your home for the next three nights. This evening, you’ll discover its many charms as you enjoy a walking tour of this historic town. Our tour culminates in a pub over a pint, naturally. Afterward, further explore Kenmare for dinner. Your guides can provide recommendations for excellent dining in this delightful town. 

Hotel:

Brook Lane Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

4

Today's Ride and Activity:

Kenmare to Castletownbere | Whiskey Tasting
Approximately 32 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Kenmare to Ring of Beara Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Kenmare to Castletownbere Loop via Healy Pass
Approximately 65 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning’s ride will take you through the vast countryside along the Beara Peninsula. You’ll follow winding roads alongside weathered stone walls, past quiet bays, with views of the dramatic coastline of steep, rocky cliffs. For a short option, follow the rolling country roads back to Kenmare for a delightful bistro lunch. If you’re looking for more miles, continue on to Castletownbere for a lunch including some of the freshest seafood you've ever tasted. Shuttle back from there, or tackle Healy Pass, where the high country will lead you to glacier-covered peaks and lakes, offering you spectacular views of the peninsula and ocean. This evening, you will be educated on the Irish heritage of whiskey at a private tasting, followed by a delicious meal at our hotel.

Hotel:

Brook Lane Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Kenmare to Glengarriff Return
Approximately 35 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Kenmare to Glengarriff
Approximately 20 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Kenmare to Glengarriff to Kilgarvan Loop
Approximately 48 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

Description:

Your morning ride begins with a short ride to perhaps our most anticipated destination of the trip, Lorge Chocolatier, where you'll indulge in a chocolate tasting and learn the fine art of ganache and truffles under the tutelege of our host, Master Chocolatier Benoit Lorge. Resist the temptation to overindulge, though, as the jaw-dropping views of the Bonane Valley call you to pedal up the twisting, turning roads to Caha Pass. Watch out for sheep blocking the road as you make your well-earned descent. Then, enjoy lunch on your own at a quaint seaside bistro in Glengarriff, famous for its mussels and seaside vistas and climate. If you choose to continue your ride, you will be rewarded during a picturesque climb on a nearly-deserted road offering vistas for miles on end. This evening, the group will dine in one of Kenmare’s best restaurants, and raise a glass to toast an incredible week of riding before enjoying a last sumptous supper together.

Hotel:

Brook Lane Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Kenmare to Kilgarvan Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 680 feet of climbing

Description:

It's time to say goodbye to our magical vacation in the hills of Ireland. This morning is yours to explore as you wish. Go for one last early morning ride to spin out your legs, stroll into town for a last-minute purchase, or perhaps linger over a relaxing Irish breakfast. You'll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Brook Lane Hotel. You’ll then depart by private shuttle for the Killarney Train Station, arriving in time for afternoon departures to other cities. If you’re flying out on this day, please do not schedule a flight prior to 3:00 PM.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



OPTIONAL Amsterdam ADD-ON PACKAGE


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3 days | 2 nights

$1099 per person

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Visit the capital city of the Netherlands and experience the metropolitan side of Holland. Explore the Van Gogh and other world-class museums, discover the renowned local flower markets and wander the streets and canals throughout the city. Celebrate Dutch cuisine and enjoy this eclectic and free-spirited town with plenty of diverse activity and dining options.

Explore Amsterdam with a city pass. Free Entrance to 5 museums or attractions of your choice. In addition, enjoy 50% discounts and specials at restaurants, shops, sightseeing tours, public transportation and additional attractions (list provided at booking).

What's Included:

  • 2 Nights Accommodation at a 4 star property in downtown Amsterdam
  • 1 Arranged Dinner at a hand-picked unique bistro
  • 1 City Pass to explore area attractions. See our ‘Explore the City’ details above.
  • Ground transportation arranged accordingly from Amsterdam to your Trek Travel trip start or from your Trek Travel trip-end location to Amsterdam
  • Detailed list of our recommended area attractions and restaurants
  • Dedicated travel coordinator to assist with connections and reservations for your entire Trek Travel trip at no additional fee

How to get there

Choose the Amsterdam add-on package before or after your Belgium, Bruges, Ireland, Prague to Vienna or other European trip package. We include an arrival transfer from the airport or train station, call for details.

Suggested Area Attractions:

  • Rijksmuseum
  • The National Maritime Museum
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Floating Flower Market ‘Bloemenmarkt’
  • Anne Frank House
  • Shopping in Jordaan neighborhood
  • Amsterdam canal ring



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Travel Coordinator Services:

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Description:

As your dedicated travel coordinator I’ll make sure your travel arrangements are seamless. Assistance with arranging flights and full advisory services are included with your add on package. Once booked, you will receive a confirmation with exact dates, hotel and restaurant details along with a detailed list of suggested attractions & city guide.

Lindsay Juley

Please note: Gratuity is not included for any part of the package. Please tip at your own discretion.




Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.

2015


Jun
28th -
Jul
3rd
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$3099 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Jul
5th - 10th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3099 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Jul
12th - 17th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3099 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Jul
19th - 24th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3099 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Jul
26th - 31st / 6 days / 5 nights
$3099 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Aug
2nd - 7th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3099 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
Guaranteed *
Aug
9th - 14th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3099 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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Aug
16th - 21st / 6 days / 5 nights
$3099 / Person, $750 / Single OCC.
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Hotels

Enjoy Ard Na Sidhe Country House on our Ireland bike tour

Ard Na Sidhe Country House

Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Ard na Sidhe Country House is a charming 18 Bedroom lake hotel in County Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland, built by Lady Gordon in 1913. This luxury country manor house is beautifully situated on the shores of Caragh Lake, Killorglin on the scenic Ring of Kerry.Graceful elegance is combined with the luxury of modern comforts while retaining an old world enchantment with its collection of antique furnishings and paintings.

Brook Lane Hotel

Kenmare, Ireland

Luxury meets laid-back in this delightfully quirky, yet especially luxurious hotel in the bustling town of Kenmare. These four-star accommodations are known for their sumptuously appointments and contemporary stylings, including the perfect mix of rest, relaxation and sophistication in every room. This is one hotel that's just perfectly Irish.

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  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • On our Ireland trip restaurants are heavily influenced by meat and seafood. Lamb, oysters and seafood chowder are on most menus. Ireland is also famous for pub food, such as deep fried fish and chips; hearty soups or stews are also a menu mainstay.
  • 5 nights of unique accommodations during the Ireland trip
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Ireland trip, you will stay in two casual and comfortable hotels - a restored country manor overlooking Caragh Lake and an intimate boutique hotel in the picturesque town of Kenmare.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Trek Travel t-shirt and cycling socks
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek dealer
  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-­10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Summer temperatures range from the 50s to 70s. Always remember that rain is possible at any time of the year–daily Irish weather is very unpredictable! It’s a good idea to bring a light rain jacket, as well as layers.

  • RIDER TYPE | 2
  • AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE | 30
  • TERRAIN | HILLY
  • AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION |2,200

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Ireland is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied with sustained ascents and somewhat challenging climbs, if you opt for the more difficult routes. There are no shoulders but there are plenty of sheep! See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information.Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Walk the ’Kerry Way’ - a trail that closely follows the Ring of Kerry
  • Enjoy a private whiskey tasting
  • Golfing options in Kenmare
  • Private hands-on chocolate making class

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to a race-proven Trek Madone 6.5 with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

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How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Kerry Airport. A few airlines - including Aer Lingus, American Airlines, and British Airways - offer flights from North America to Killarney, Farranfore Airport, via London or Dublin. Connecting flights from both London and Dublin are available on Aer Lingus, Aer Arran, or RyanAir (but there may be strict luggage weight limits). You could also take the train from Dublin to Killarney. The trip takes about 3 hours and trains run every hour. A taxi to the first night’s hotel, Ard Na Sidhe Country House, will cost approximately 150 euros.

Killarney Station | Co. Kerry, Ireland

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Killarney Station (East Ave, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Your guides will arrive wearing Trek Travel gear so you can easily identify them. You’ll then shuttle approximately one hour to the trip start. Please have your bike gear packed in a separate bag, as you probably will not be able to check into your rooms prior to your bike ride and will not have easy access to your luggage as your guides ensure it is delivered to the hotel. If you arrive to Dublin, we recommend you transfer to Killarney the night before in order to make the meeting time of 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Ard Na Sidhe Country House (+353 (0)64 667 1340), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi to the first night’s hotel, the Ard Na Sidhe Country House, will cost approximately 150 euros.

Killarney Station | Co. Kerry, Ireland

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Brook Lane Hotel. You’ll then depart by private shuttle for the Killarney Train Station, arriving in time for afternoon departures to other cities. If you’re flying out on this day, please do not schedule a flight prior to 3:00 PM.

Before: Killarney, Ireland

We recommend spending some time in Ireland either before or after your trip. While there is an endless amount of things to see in this country as a whole, here is a brief list of suggestions that you may enjoy in the city of Killarney. One of the town’s most popular attractions is in fact the town itself. Killarney meaning “church of the sloes”. Killarney is located at the Gateway to Killarney National Parklands.It is the largest town in county Kerry with a population of over 14,000 inhabitants. Although in saying this, the town centre is compact and easily manageable on foot for the best experience with a choice of Art Galleries, Traditional Craft shops, Elegant Boutiques, Award Winning Restaurants and Lively Pubs there is plenty to experience. Visit www.discoverireland.com/us/ to search upcoming events. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Kileen House

Championship golf, incredible angling, unparalleled scenery and leisure facilities are all on our doorstep. Just a 10-minute drive from the centre of Killarney town and a 3-minute drive from Killeen and Mahony’s Point Golf courses. History in unclear as to whether Conrad Hilton had Aghadoe in mind when he declared the three most important criteria for any hotel - location, location, location! All 23 bedrooms are all furnished impeccably, ensuring you will experience comfort like never before.

Aghadoe, Aghadoe, Killarney, Ireland | +353 64 663 1711 | www.killeenhousehotel.com | ~$200

Loch Lein Country House

A gateway to the Ring of Kerry, it is an oasis on this splendidly spectacular route – the ideal location to explore and experience local hills, National parks, world renowned golf courses and the magic and beauty of the Kerry landscape.

Fossa, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland | +353 64 663 1260 | LochLein.com | ~$180

The Ross

Whether your visit is for work or for pleasure, The Ross Hotel in Killarney boasts luxury accommodation in Killarney, providing superb facilities with a touch of Irish luxury and all with a warm, friendly Irish welcome. Your room at one of the most luxurious Killarney Hotels, The Ross Hotel in Killarney is your home away from home.

Town Centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland | www.TheRoss.ie | +353 64 663 1855 | ~$250

After: Dublin, Ireland

If you are able to spend some time in Dublin either before or after your trip, there are countless things to see, but here is a brief list of suggestions that you may enjoy: spend a few extra days in downtown Dublin listening to live music in the thriving Temple Bar district; visit Trinity College’s Old Library, which houses the famous Book of Kells; view Ireland’s visual history at the National Photographic Archives; enjoy distillery tours, such as the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery. Tours to the Burren region and the Cliffs of Moher make for a superb day trip out of Galway City. Include a visit to the seaside village of Doolin, a musical hotspot in the west. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Paramount Hotel

This medium-sized hotel is situated in the heart of Temple Bar. The rooms are spacious and carefully decorated with an Art Deco flair.

Parliament Street and Essex Gate | +353 (0)1 417 9900 | www.ParamountHotel.ie | ~$270

The Morgan

Opened in 1997, this boutique hotel in the Temple Bar district boasts ultra-stylist rooms, enhanced with modern undertones and artwork.

10 Fleet Street | +353 (0)1 679 3939 | www.TheMorgan.com | ~$200

Buswell’s

This hotel is comprised of five Georgian townhouses and is tucked away on a quiet side street, across from the National Museum. It is a short walk away from Dublin’s famous Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green, and Temple Bar. Each charming room is large and period-furnished.

23-26 Molesworth Street | +353 (0)1 676 4013 | www.Buswells.ie | ~$200


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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