It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage, which ranges from prehistoric times through the Early Christian period to the Middle Ages. Throughout the region there are magnificent views in all directions. Incredibly green pastures stretch as far as the eye can see, completely empty save for small herds of sheep or goats. At almost every turn there are spectacular views of mist-covered mountains and wild stretches of uninhabitable coastline where deep fissures have been carved, over the centuries, by the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The tip of the peninsula, west of Dingle town, is a stronghold of the Irish language and many traditions and customs have been preserved here along with the language. This is a delightful one-week cycle and along the way you’ll enjoy plenty of good Irish cheer.
The Irish speaking Dingle Peninsula literally lies at the end of Europe where you will find the iconic Connor Pass, Slea Head, Gallarus Oratory and the holy mountain of Mount Brandon. The unhurried pace of life here inspire visitors from all over the world to return time and again.
Day 1: Arrival Day – today’s distance 30 km / 18 ml. Arrive in Tralee and check into your B&B (your bicycles will already be there). If you have time take a short cycle from Tralee to the lovely fishing port of Fenit and from there to the historic Ardfert with it’s newly restored cathedral and back to Tralee for your overnight stop.
Day 2: Tralee to Cloghane – today’s distance 38 km /24 ml. Today’s cycle takes you from Tralee along the northern shores of the Dingle Peninsula with the Slieve Mish Mountains on your left and Tralee Bay to your right. The route takes you through Castlegregory before finishing in the picturesque village of Cloghane and your overnight stop for the night.
Day 3: Cloghane to Dingle – today’s distance 34 km /21 ml. Leaving Cloghane you head for the village of Brandon and Brandon Point and then on and over the famous Conor Pass with its breathtaking views that stretches for miles. In the distance you will see the fishing port town of Dingle and your stopover for the next three days. . Enjoy the beauty of Dingle and its surrounds for the next few days, cycling out towards the western shores and Slea Head with views of the Great Blasket Islands looming in the distance.
Day 4: Dingle circular route – today’s distance 38 km /24 ml. Heading west from Dingle you cycle via Ventry to Slea Head with its magnificent breathtaking views across the Blasket Sound to the famous Blasket Island.
From here you cycle on to Dunquinn and Ballyferriter on your way back to Dingle for the evening.
Alternatively, today you can cycle to Dunquinn harbour and take the ferry to the Blasket Island and enjoy a walk around this mystical and enchanting place.
Day 5: Dingle circular route – today’s distance 40 km /25 ml. Today you cycle north from Dingle through the village of Ballydavid and on to Brandon Creek. Alternatively if you fancy a walk you can leave the main route at the Bothar Pub and take the Saints Road up mount Brandon on foot. – Weather permitting. This is a 3 to 4 hour walk.
Day 6: Dingle to Inch – today’s distance 35 km /22 ml. Cycling in an easterly direction by the shores of Dingle Bay you once again enjoy spectacular views and breathtaking scenery of this magnificent peninsula. Your destination is the tiny hamlet of Inch with its renowned and magnificent beach and ideal for a walk along its golden sands or a quick dip. On your way you can detour to visit the village of Annascaul, home to the famous explorer Tom Crean.
Day 7: Inch to Tralee – today’s distance 30 km /19 ml. Today’s route continues along the coast to the historical village of Castlemaine with its neat little harbour and splendid bird sanctuary. From here you head north and take the “short mountain route” back to Tralee and your last night’s stopover. This is a very historical area and on your way you will pass the legendary mythological Queen Scotia’s grave which also offers fabulous views over Tralee Bay and North Kerry.
Day 8: After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.
Single Supplement €250.
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