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Southwest Spin


Starting in West Cork, a coastline of pretty towns and villages, deserted beaches and jutting peninsulas, and a coastline dotted with the most amazing islands… this is the last bastion of “Old Ireland”.

 

Southwest Spin

Starting in West Cork, a coastline of pretty towns and villages, deserted beaches and jutting peninsulas, and a coastline dotted with the most amazing islands… this is the last bastion of “Old Ireland”.

We gradually exit west cork and head north into Kerry or the Kingdom as the locals would have you call it. Kerry is stunningly beautiful with a coast road that hugs the Atlantic Ocean, taking in the Ring of Kerry, the Skellig Ring, Valentia Island, Slea Head and the Dingle Peninsula. Kerry is the Wild in the Wild Atlantic Way

DURATION

7 Days/6 Nights

PRICES FROM

€1195.00 

Details

DURATION This Tour is for 7 Days and 6 Nights
TOUR DATES 2017 This Tour starts on a Sunday from 26 th March to 30 th September 2017
LEVEL Moderate to difficult.
EQUIPMENT Fully serviced Road Bike or Leisure Bike (Electric Bike supplement charge of €40 per day, subject to availability. E-Bikes should be booked early as demand is high for these super comfortable bikes.
ACCOMMODATION Accommodation on this Tour will be in beautifully located, Pedal and Putt approved, 4 star properties along the Wild Atlantic Way. The details of the properties are in the accommodation section below.
MEALS Breakfast every morning with lots of hearty goodness for cyclists. Roadside refreshments, including water, energy drinks, snack bars and fruit are also included. We will also have lunch each day at our selected lunch stops, and evening dinner on 6 nights.
TRANSFERS All transfers are included during the duration of this tour. Airport transfers can also be arranged, price on application.

Itinerary

DAY 1
Kinsale to Skibbereen

Distance:

113km / 72 miles

Level:

Easy to Moderate

Effort

3 – 6

This stunning west Cork route has all the ingredients for a perfect day on the bike. We’ll cycle quiet country roads through the wild garden of Ireland and at times break out onto the old coast road. We’ll also pass through a handful of lovely villages like Clonakilty, Union Hall, Glandore, and Baltimore before finishing up in Skibbereen. This stage is fairly flat and suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. If you think you might struggle a little, you can use one of our e-bikes for a bit of help up the hills – we won’t tell!

DAY 2
Skibbereen – Bantry

Distance:

125km / 78 miles

Level:

Easy to Moderate to Difficult

Effort

3 – 7

Our route from Skibereen to Bantry winds through scenery that has never been touched by the hand of man. When we whisper about Ireland’s hidden secrets, this is what we mean – this is a landscape that is rural, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful in its wildness.

This is west Cork at its best…Beautiful beaches, amazing scenery, wild flowers in abundance and loads of lovely villages where we can stop to enjoy delicious local food and a good strong coffee. Speaking of coffee, you might need a little energy boost on this stage as the level has gone up a notch to moderate/difficult but don’t let this stop you: use one of our elite road bikes or let our snazzy e-bikes lend you a helping hand.

Whatever happens, make sure you don’t miss this one.

Today we’ll start in Bantry, County Cork and take on the beautiful Beara Peninsula. At the end of the day, we’ll slip out of Cork and head north into County Kerry, affectionately known as the Kingdom by Kerrymen though the people of Cork might have a thing or two to say about that.

The Ring of Beara is a very special cycle but our route adds a little something extra: before we even get to the start of the Ring of Beara, we have the lovely spin from Bantry to Glengarriff where we’ll stop for coffee. Glengarriff is a charming little village with a lovely harbour, brightly painted buildings and huge displays of wild flowers all year round. And for those who fancy something sweet before tackling the Beara Penninsula, the cafés can always be relied on for delicious homemade cakes and tarts.

From Glengarriff we’ll head out along the Ring of Beara. On the outward stretch, Bantry Bay will be on our left and we’ll be able to see the coastline we cycled yesterday. Once we turn right at the tip of the headland at Allihies, we’ll have Kenmare Bay on the left and we’ll be looking across to the Ring of Kerry (our challenge for tomorrow). The Ring of Beara’s quiet roads hug its stunning coastline and the peninsula is also home to some beautiful (tiny) villages so we’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a few stops and a leisurely lunch along the way.

DAY 3
Bantry to Kenmare

Distance:

130km / 80 miles

Level:

Easy to Moderate

Effort

2 – 5

DAY 4
Kenmare to Valentia Island

Distance:

99km / 63 miles

Level:

Moderate – Difficult

Effort

4 – 7

Today we’re going to take on two rings: the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring. We have cherry-picked the best parts of the Ring of Kerry to bring you along as we swoop around the Iveragh Peninsula which juts out into the magnificent Atlantic Ocean.

We’ll leave Kenmare with Kenmare Bay to our left and cycle out along the famous Ring of Kerry via Sneem, Caherdaniel and into Waterville. After lunch in Waterville, we’ll leave the Ring of Kerry behind and branch out onto the Skellig Ring. This remote section of the route is truly stunning; it’s all gently rolling hills and roads that sit low on the coastline. There is one short but steep climb on this section which brings you up onto the high road with some amazing views of the Skelligs and Portmagee. From here we have a long downhill section into Portamgee before crossing the bridge to Valentia Island. Once we reach Valentia, we’ll take the beautiful back road around the island and finish our stage in Knightstown.

DAY 5
Valentia to Dingle

Distance:

140km / 87 miles

Level:

Moderate

Effort

3 – 6

This morning we’ll take the short ferry crossing from Valentia Island to Renard Point and pick up the Ring of Kerry again as we head northwards on the back roads through Cahersiveen and on towards beautiful Rossbeigh where we’ll have stunning views of the Dingle Peninsula, our next destination. We’ll arrive on the Dingle Peninsula via Inch Beach, a breath-taking surfer’s paradise, and then cruise in to Dingle itself. With 40km/25miles left to go, we’ll take a coffee stop in Dingle before heading out around the Dingle Peninsula where we’ll see the Great Blasket Island, Dunquin, Wine Strand and Ballyferriter open up before us before we return to Dingle for a perfect end to another amazing stage of the Wild Atlantic Way.

DAY 6
Dingle to Lahinch

Distance:

150km / 94 miles

Level:

Moderate to Difficult

Effort

4 – 7

We have to be honest with you on this one: the best parts of this stage are the start and the finish. The middle section of this stage is a little dull and flat and the road surface is poor. (It’s better that we tell you this upfront rather than you finding out the hard way!) If you wish, you can do the whole stage on the bike but we recommend cutting this stage short and considering a few alternative options:

  1. Cycle the first half of the stage and play golf in the afternoon with Golf Wild. With 3 world-famous links golf courses (Ballybunion, Tralee, Lahinch) within 40 minutes’ drive, you could enjoy a more leisurely afternoon on the green. Please note that any round(s) of golf must be booked when booking your tour with us as tee times are limited for non-members and demand for tee times is extremely high from May to September.
  2. Cycle for half the day, stop for lunch in Kilrush (110km) and then take your pick of what Ireland’ west coast has to offer off the bike! We can arrange anything from a kayak adventure to a walking tour of the iconic Cliffs of Moher; we’re not just about cycling!

Accommodation

Overlooking the river Bandon and Kinsale harbour, this refined hotel in a townhouse is a 7 minute walk from Desmond Castle. Amenities at the hotel include a Spa, indoor pool and fitness centre. Kinsale is one of Ireland’s most beautiful towns and a perfect spot to start this wonderful tour.

Set on the banks of the river Ilen, this sophisticated hotel is situated opposite the Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Centrally located, this hotel makes a perfect base to explore the town after a day on the bike.

The Maritime Hotel sits overlooking wonderful Bantry Bay, and is only a short stroll from the town centre. It has a spa, indoor pool with a hot tub, an exercise room and a sauna and steam room.

Situated on the outskirts of Kenmare town, this hotel is a perfect base for our tour. Kenmare is a beautiful town, full of wonderful shops, bars and restaurants for you to enjoy after your day on the bike.

Overlooking beautiful Dingle Bay, the Dingle Skellig Hotel has some of the best hotel views to be found along the Wild Atlantic Way. The hotel is only a short stroll from the beautiful fishing village of Dingle, which has a number of wonderful traditional Irish pubs for you to relax with the mandatory pint of Guinness!

A short stroll from the local beach, and also the town centre, this hotel is a perfect spot to end our wonderful tour. The town of Lahinch has some great lively bars to celebrate the completion of the tour and sample some traditional Irish music.

Lahinch is also home to one of the most famous Golf Links in the country, well worth a visit!

Terms & Conditions

  • To secure your booking, we will request 30% deposit per person. Please note this is a non-refundable payment.
  • The balance payment is due 90 days before the tour starts.
  • If your tour start date is within 90 days of booking, the full, non-refundable payment is required upon booking.

 

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