Pack your sense of adventure and get away from the everyday
Cycle through Irelands most scenic National Park and explore the forested hills, sprawling heather moors and jagged rock formations that make the Kingdom of Kerry so truly spectacular. This four-day Irish retreat experience offers a comfortable yet active way to get away from it all. Base yourself in the charming country town of Killarney and cycle your way over the scenic Gap of Dunloe, a boat trip around the famous Skellig Islands and on the lakes of Killarney, with ample time for short gentle hikes and to meet the locals and discover friendly local pubs along the way. A countryside escape awaits.
- Start: Killarney, Republic of Ireland
- Finish: Killarney, Republic of Ireland
- Destination: Republic of Ireland
- Style: Comfort & Adventure
- Theme: Irish Retreats
- Group size: Min 4, Max 16
- Getting here: Please click here
Why you’ll love this trip
- Cycle in one of the Irelands most dramatic landscapes, the famed Killarney National Park with a local experienced guide– there are few better views than from handlebar height.
- Marvel at McGillicuddy Reeks, and conquer the stunning Gap of Dunloe.
- Enjoy the famous Killarney District hospitality in the many small cafes and shops, and be sure to try one of the area’s famous pubs.
- Indulge in a cool brew from the Killarney Brewery at the local pub as a refreshing reward for a day in the saddle.
- Take an Eco boat tour that circles both islands and you get up close to Skellig Michael and the small Skelligs to see both the wildlife and the historical sites
- Enjoy the ease of leaving your cycling shoes & hiking boots at the same comfortable, conveniently located accommodation each night.
Is this trip right for you?
- Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.
- This trip includes a cycle around Killarney National Park & The Gap of Dunloe, approximately 30 kilometres in total but rather easy. Ability to cycle, however, is essential.
- This trip includes a walk of approximately 3 kilometres, which includes a steep climb on what can be an eroded and stony path to the ridge.
Welcome to the Kingdom of Kerry and the charming town of Killarney. Unpack your bags and make yourself comfortable, secure in the knowledge that you will spend the next three nights in the same accommodation, with no need to repack until you leave. After the 2 pm group meeting, get a bike fitting with the group followed by a short test ride to make sure everything is working properly. This afternoon’s ride is an excellent introduction to cycling in the Killarney National Park, a 3-hour flat ride that takes you out of Killarney town and through classic rolling scenery to reach Torc Waterfall, one of the largest in Ireland. Take a rest and enjoy the sounds of the water crashing down the green moss-covered rocks, Follow the path around the lake then turn back towards the Muckross House, enjoying stunning views of the lower lake and McGillicuddy Reeks. Upon return expect a mix of paved road and forest trails. Highlights may include sightings of rare red deer herds in native oak forest, a centuries-old yew tree at the centre of a ruined abbey and idyllic lakeside and mountain views, all towards a well-earned brew at the end of the day.
After fuelling up with breakfast this morning, today we’re touring the scenic Ring of Kerry route, circuiting the Iveragh peninsula. Explore 1400 years of history on a boat trip around the Skellig Islands. Enhance your once in a lifetime tour and let us take your picture in front of this amazing Unesco World Heritage site (Skellig Michael). Your journey will take you first to the small Skelligs where you see the second largest colony of gannets in the world and see lots of wildlife such as seals etc… You then continue on to Skellig Michael where you get up close to see the birds, the beehive huts, the monastery, the lighthouse at the back and the steps the monks carved into the rock in the 5th Century. This was the old path taken by the Monks – something you do not always get to see on the landing tour. Get a taste for local Irish culture, history, and ice cream on Valentia Island. Celebrate conquering the islands today with a special included dinner tonight.
Today features a boat ride before a thrilling descent by bike through the Gap of Dunloe. Take a boat a trip through the 3 lakes of Killarney with folklore and legends delivered by the local boat drivers while passing through scenery which hasn’t changed since the last ice age; 10,000 years ago. When you reach Lord Brandon’s cottage you will have the option to hike or bike through the valley. The distance is 11 kilometres (7 miles), the road is sealed and hiking boots are not required but comfortable shoes are! The walk generally takes 2 – 2.5 hours. The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass forged between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain by glacial flows. The river running through the gap is the river Loe from where the Gap gets it’s name. The road, narrow in many places, winds through the pass and descends into The Black Valley passing five lakes, Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough. A final ride into Killarney where your Kerry adventure comes to an end. Revive yourself with a refreshing brew in Killarney Brewery. Great tasting beer needs great water and all of our handcrafted beers are brewed using the purest natural water originating from atop Mangerton Mountain – the home of the legendary Devil’s Punch Bowl. This spring flows over thousands of feet of Killarney mountain rock before emptying into the glacial lake, Lough Guitane, allowing our artisan brews to embrace the finest elements nature can provide.
Your Irish Retreats experience of the Kingdom of Kerry comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Got a bit more time to spare? Maybe take on some of the other local adventures.
Taxi, Private bus
Comfort style Guesthouse (3 nights)