Kenmare Self Guided Cycling Tour Holiday
Kerry Cycling Tour Start: Brook Lane Hotel Kenmare // Kerry Cycling Tour Finish: Brook Lane Hotel Kenmare
Kerry Cycling Holiday Trip highlights:
- Cycle over some of the highest passes in Southwest of Ireland
- Explore some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery
- The hotel is owner-managed and your host Dermot Brennan is a keen cycling enthusiast, having raced in his younger years and now uses the roads of Kerry to train for the annual trip to France to participate in the le tape de tour
- Stay in one of Kenmare’s finest hotels Sample some of the finest cuisine this area has to offer form Kenmare bay mussels, Irish Hereford beef, Ring of Kerry Lamb and local farmhouse cheeses
- Click here to view reviews of Brook Lane Hotel on Tripadvisor
What's included in this Kerry Cycling Vacation Package:
- 3 night accommodation in Kenmare’s four star Brook Lane Hotel (extra days upon request)
- Breakfasts lunches and dinners each day (Packed Lunch Available)
- Detailed information pack including Kerry cycling route notes and maps
- Spare tubes and tools and secure bike storage are available at the hotel
- Full back up service van to follow you on your cycle trip around Kerry ( optional extra )
Route: Kenmare - Kilgarvan – Borlin – Glengariff – Caha Pass - Kenmare
After you breakfast you will cycle toward the rural village of Kilgarvan. In Kilgarvan, you will turn right and head for the Borlin Valley followed by your descent into the picturesque town of Glengarriff. Where you can stop and have morning coffee on us.
Glengarriff has been famous as a holiday destination since the 1700s and boomed in the Victorian times as an important stop along the Prince-of-Wales-Route. After your break, you will begin your final climb up the Caha Pass.You will see some of the most breathtaking views in Kerry.
On your decent to Kenmare, you will pass popular tourist sites such as Moll Gallivans Cottage, Bonane Heritage Park and Lorge Chocolates. When you return to the Brook Lane Hotel we will have a pint of Guinness ready after your long cycle and if you fancy you can pull that pint yourself - ideal photo for your friends back home!!!
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Evening: This evening, you will enjoy a fabulous meal at Casey’s Bar and Restaurant at Brook Lane Hotel. At Casey’s, food is our passion and we serve up a range of classic favourites with a modern twist.
At Casey’s we use local produce like Kenmare Bay Mussels, Irish Hereford Beef, Billy Clifford’s organic vegetables, Ring of Kerry Lamb and Local Farm House cheeses.
Route: Kenmare-Molls Gap - Ballaghisheen Pass – Waterville – Caherdaniel – Sneem – Kenmare
Starting out on the Moll's Gap Road. Travel 10km to the top of Molls Gap. After an 8 km downhill spin. Turn right and head for Ballaghbeama Pass.
After 5 km start climbing until you reach the top of Ballaghbeama Pass. When you descent the Ballaghbeama pass turn left and take the road to Waterville which takes you over the Ballaghisheen Pass.
After a quick stop in the beautiful coastal town of Waterville. You then take the road to Caherdaniel/Sneem and onto Kenmare, returning to Brook Lane Hotel where we will have some fresh Tea/coffee and homemade cake waiting you.
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Tea/coffee scone in Waterville /Caherdaniel
Evening: Tonight you will be treated to dinner in No 35 Restaurant in Kenmare Town Centre. The cooking is classical in a modern European style, while retaining a good sense of Irish authenticity through the use of local grown organic products.
Why not finish off your evening with a Guinness and some traditional music in Crowley’s Bar?
Route: Kenmare - Caha Pass – Glengariff – Agrigole – Healy Pass – Kenmare
Leaving Kenmare, we head back up the Caha Pass and back into Glengarriff. Head out the coastal road and admire the spectacular views of Bantry Bay. After passing through Adrigole, we turn right and head for the Healy Pass.
The Healy Pass is a winding mountain road between Adrigole in Co. Cork and Lauragh in Co. Kerr. Cutting through the high Caha Mountains, the Healy Pass rises 334 metres above sea level and passes between two of the highest peaks of the Caha range. This is one of the finest mountain roads in Ireland and is named after Tim Healy, the first Governor-General of the Irish Free State, who was born in nearby Bantry.
After descending from the Healy Pass, head for the small fishing village of Killmacillogue. Kilmackillogue is a harbour located on the Beara Peninsula. A visit to O Sullivan's Pub at the head of the pier is a must; O Sullivan’s pub is world famous for fresh mussels washed down with a smooth pint of Guinness. Why not sit on the pier & gaze at the harbour surrounded by spectacular scenery? Finally taking the R571 back to Kenmare Town.
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Evening: Tonight, you will enjoy dinner at Casey’s Bar and Restaurant in Brook Lane Hotel and finish your evening with a complimentary Irish coffee.