The Kingdom Tour
The Kingdom Tour is based in Killarney, County Kerry in the South West of Ireland, where we stay for seven nights. Killarney is one of Ireland’s leading tourist destinations with the combination of its National Park, epic mountains, sparkling lakes and a lively town with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants.
The cycling is spectacularly scenic as we venture onto the Iveragh, Beara and Dingle Penninsulas, where we will climb some of Ireland’s well known mountain passes, including Connor Pass – the highest road passes in Ireland.
7 nights / 6 days cycling / 500 miles / 804 kms
Starting / finishing – Killarney, Co. Kerry
There are a number of travel options to and from Killarney.
Day One - Arrive Killarney
Upon arrival in Killarney we will greet you at your hotel and depending on your time, you might wish to explore the town, or take a walk in the Killarney National Park, or even take a trip on a horse-drawn jaunting cart.
A welcome dinner will be laid on in the evening followed by a tour briefing.
Day Two – Ring of Kerry 105 miles / 169 km
The Ring of Kerry is a signposted route which follows the spectacular coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula with breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean, Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay. We cycle ‘the Ring’ anticlockwise through Kilorglin, onto the lovely coastal villages of Waterville and Sneem before returning to Killarney through the famed Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park.
Day Three – Healy Pass 97 miles / 156 km
Our cycle route takes us through Kenmare en route to the climb of Healy Pass in the centre of the Beara Peninsula. Once over the summit of the pass, the alpine like descent with its many hairpin bends takes us down to the coast of Bantry Bay. We continue on to Glengarrif, over the Caha Pass, through Turner’s Rock Tunnel, returning to our base in Killarney.
Day Four – Gap of Dunloe 58 miles 93 km
The Gap of Dunloe is a magnificent glaciated valley with high cliffs and isolated lakes, which takes us into the heart of lofty MacGillycuddy Reeks – Ireland’s highest mountains. We descend to the Black Valley, famous for being the last place on mainland Ireland to be connected to electricity and telephone because of its remoteness. We ride round Ireland’s highest peak, Carrantoohill (1,039m) en route back to Killarney.
Day Five – Connor Pass 86 miles / 139 km
Connor Pass is Ireland’s highest mountain pass, located on the Dingle Peninsula. A mountain road that snakes its way to 396 m (1,300 ft) and with traffic reduced to a single lane at times, you’ll understand why coaches are not permitted here. The views of Dingle and Brandon Bays from the summit are superb. We descend to the timeless town of Dingle and return along the Dingle Bay coast road to Killarney.
Day Six – Iveragh Central 104 miles / 167 km
Our cycle tour takes us up past Ladies View to Mill’s Gap and descends to Sneem, where we then ride part of ‘The Ring’ to Waterville. From here we go through the centre of the Iveragh Peninsula, a truly wild part of Ireland and over the Ballaghisheen Pass and Ballagh Beams Pass. We return to Killarney via descending the spectacular Gap of Dunloe – well worth a second visit!
Day seven – Lough Caragh 50 miles / 80 km
We ride out to Lough Caragh, a ‘hidden gem’ just off the Ring of Kerry route where we cycle round the shores of the lake and on to the Climbers Rest at Glencar. We continue past Loughg Acoose and skirt round the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains.
Your tour ends with a celebratory meal and overnight accommodation, leaving you rested for your onward travels or you might wish to extend your stay and explore the sights of Killarney, Co. Kerry or the west coast of Ireland.