Dingle's Historical Peninsula cycling tour Ireland
The Dingle Peninsula is located in the Southwest of the County of Kerry. With its capital Tralee it runs in a westerly direction as far as the Blasket Islands. The Dingle Peninsula is home to many wonders - second highest mountain range in the country, a wealth of archaeological sites, home to some of the finest traditional music, dance and the Irish language. The Dingle Peninsula experience is one you will remember for a long time to come.
Day 1 - Arrival Day - today’s distance 30km / 18ml
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 its newly restored cathedral and back to Tralee for your overnight stop.
Day 2 - Tralee to Cloghane - today’s distance 38km /24ml
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 34km /21ml
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 38km /24ml
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 40km /25ml
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 35km /22ml
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 30km /19ml
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.
After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.
The above cycle details are a guideline and all distances may vary according to your chosen route.
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Should you wish to extend your holiday - we recommend the following extra days, which are suitable for rest days: -
Day 1 Stay an extra day in Tralee to enjoy some of the local sights - or to visit the wonderful County Museum, Siamsa Tire or visit the wonderful Literary Museum in Listowel.
Day 2 Stay an extra day in Cloghane to explore the surrounding area and making a trip to the picturesque seaside village of Castlegregory.
Day 6 Stay an extra day in Inch giving you the opportunity of visiting the town of Killorglin, famed for its Puck Fair.
Make enquiries when booking and we can organise the extra reservations necessary to do these options.