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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Killarney Station at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a shuttle, you’ll arrive at our stunning lakeside hotel, where you'll enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. You'll then have some time to explore the 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.
Caragh Lake to Milltown
Approximately 23 miles with 950 feet of climbing
Ard na Sidhe Country House
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
This morning you will explore the famous Ring of Kerry, along the most beautiful parts of the Iveragh Peninsula. Today's ride will lead you to 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 Cahersiveen 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.
Caragh Lake to Cahersiveen to Ballaghisheen Pass Loop
Approximately 50 miles with 3,480 feet of climbing
Caragh Lake to Cahersiveen
Approximately 22 miles with 975 feet of climbing
Caragh Lake to Cahersiveen to Ballaghisheen Pass Loop with Valentia Island
Approximately 70 miles with 4,330 feet of climbing
Ard na Sidhe Country House
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. Enjoy lunch at the gourmet Heather Cafe before you ascend the pass by bike or in the shuttle. Be sure to capture the panorama of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks before enjoying a well-earned descent. Shuttle home from there, or master one final climb up through the Black Valley and up Moll’s Gap before enjoying a long descent into Kenmare. Cradled in the heart of Kenmare Bay, the bustling town of Kenmare will be your home for the next three nights. Enjoy a historic and hilarious walking tour with one of the few true Kenmare locals. Our tour culminates with a pint at a pub, naturally, and we may get a few special stories from our guide in exchange for a few pints of Guinness. Afterward, you are free to explore Kenmare for dinner. Your guides can provide recommendations for excellent dining in this delightful town.
Caragh Lake to Gap of Dunloe | Walking Tour of Kenmare
Approximately 30 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing
Caragh Lake to Beaufort
Approximately 23 miles with 2,025 feet of climbing
Caragh Lake to Gap of Dunloe to Kenmare
Approximately 43 miles with 4,600 feet of climbing
Brook Lane Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch
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, and enjoy views of the dramatic coastline. 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 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 rocky peaks and gorgeous lakes, offering spectacular views of the Bantry Bay. This evening, you will be educated on the Irish heritage of whiskey at a private tasting, followed by a delicious meal at our hotel.
Kenmare to Castletownbere | Whiskey Tasting
Approximately 32 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing
Kenmare to Ring of Beara Loop with Shuttle
Approximately 22 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
Kenmare to Castletownbere Loop via Healy Pass
Approximately 65 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing
Brook Lane Hotel
Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner
Your morning 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 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.
Kenmare to Glengarriff with Shuttle
Approximately 19 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Kenmare to Bonane Return
Approximately 15 miles with 600 feet of climbing
Kenmare to Glengarriff to Kilgarvan Loop
Approximately 48 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing
Brook Lane Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
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 a highland lake, 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 board a 1-hour private shuttle to the Killarney Train Station, arriving in time for afternoon departures to other cities. Please do not book train tickets for departure prior to 12:00 PM. If you’re flying out of Kerry Airport on this day, please do not schedule a flight prior to 3:00 PM.
Kenmare to Loughbarfinnihy with Molls Gap Climb Return
Approximately 14 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing
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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 Cork Airport (ORK), and then take a train to Killarney. Train schedules can be found at www.irishrail.ie. Alternatively a taxi to the first night’s hotel, Ard Na Sidhe Country House, will cost approximately 150 euros.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Killarney Station (East Ave, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland) at 11:00 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 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)66 976 9105, 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.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Brook Lane Hotel. You'll then board a 1-hour private shuttle to the Killarney Train Station, arriving in time for afternoon departures to other cities. Please do not book train tickets for departure prior to 12:00 PM. If you’re flying out of Kerry Airport on this day, please do not schedule a flight prior to 3:00 PM.View our post hotel recommendations
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. Packing List
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:
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:
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