The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast. This mountainous finger of land, stretches 48 kms (30 miles) into the Wild Atlantic Ocean, and discovering its true beauty and history, feeling its heart and soul, can take weeks or even years. It has supported various tribes and populations for at least 6,000 years. Moreover it is steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the same density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula boasts.
There is so much to discover and conquer within ‘Dingle’ that it really has to be seen in all of its glory to be believed. Because of its remote location – and lack of specialised agriculture – it is steeped in ancient Irish history and spectacularly shaped by the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean. As you hike the Dingle Way (also known as the Kerry Camino) you will leave the county town of Tralee & follow to the southern shores to reach Dingle Bay, the magnificent Inch Beach and on to Dingle town. Your return journey back to Tralee, takes you to the northern shores with the impressive Brandon range of mountains beckoning you as you discover more of the remarkable history that this land is so famous for. We invite you to lose yourself in this magnificent landscape and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 1: Arrive in Tralee - 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 it’s newly restored cathedral and back to Tralee for your overnight stop.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 30kms/ 18mi.
Day 2: Tralee to Cloghane - 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.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 38kms/ 24mi.
Day 3: Cloghane to Dingle - 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.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 34kms/ 21mi.
Day 4: Dingle Circular Route - 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.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 40kms/ 25mi.
Day 5: Free Day - Opportunity to take a boat trip to visit the Blasket Islands or take a trip to see Fungi the Dingle Dolphin, famous the world over. Your Host will give you details of the times for the various boats for either the Blasket Boats or the Dolphin watching. Dingle is a lovely town to ramble around visiting the numerous art galleries and other interesting shops. Alternative activities include Kayaking on Dingle harbor, Dingle distillery or Brewery tours or horse riding.
If you want to cycle to day then we will include a route description to take you around the Northern side of the Peninsula. Cycling north from Dingle through Brandon Creek and on to the village of Ballydavid before finishing back in Dingle
Today’s Cycle Distance: 31kms/ 19mi.
Day 6: Dingle to Inch - 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.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 35kms/ 22mi.
Day 7: Inch to Tralee - 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.
Today’s Cycle Distance: 30kms/ 19mi.
Day 8: Departure - After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.