On day one of our 7-day tour and day two of our 12-day, we step back in time as we cycle through the Black Valley, so named for being one of the last areas of Ireland to be connected to electricity and telephone lines.

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Delightful descents and long uninterrupted stretches along the River Gearhameen make you wish you never had to go back into town.

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The scenery through the Gap of Dunloe will be unlike anything you've ever seen.

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Photos can't do justice to this narrow mountain pass that separates the MacGillycuddy's Reeks Mountains from the Purple Mountain Group.

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We'll share the one lane road with old-fashioned pony and trap carriages and cycle down through the five lakes lined by gorgeous old stone walls.

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Of course a stop at the Wishing Bridge to make wishes will be in order.

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All this on our way into Killarney, one of the most entertaining cities along the tour. Stay tuned for our Killarney City Highlight blog coming up next!

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