If Ireland is the Emerald Isle, then counties Kerry and Cork are surely its crowning jewels. With landmark sites like the Killarney National Park and the famed Ring of Kerry, there is plenty to check off one’s bucket list, but off the beaten path there is much more to be explored. For outdoor and cultural enthusiasts alike, the region is a paradise: the otherworldly beauty of Kerry’s rugged landscapes are complemented by its fascinating ancient sites and charming coastal villages; while Cork’s lesser-visited peninsulas, Beara and Sheep’s Head, rival the natural attributes of their neighbours to the north without all the crowds. Ireland’s “second city”, Cork, is arguably the country’s most vibrant with a thriving foodie scene, arts scene and all of the snug pubs and traditional music one would expect. Authenticity abounds so grab a pint and hold on!
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From the airport, you'll be driven to the glorious Cromane Peninsula in County Kerry, home to the largest mussel bed in Ireland. You’ll grab lunch at a local seafood spot before the afternoon’s ride along the shores of Lough Caragh.
This morning you’ll explore the Dingle Peninsula, starting at Maharees and cycling to Conor Pass, one of the country’s most impressive mountain passages. After lunch, ambitious riders will have the option to ride to Slea Head or back to the hotel where you'll enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Today you'll bike to the legendary Ring of Kerry before veering inland, passing through the Ballaghbeama Gap and skirting the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains. Lunch (and Guinness, of course) will be in the vibe-y town of Kenmare.
You’ll catch a boat across Kenmare Bay to Dawros, on the Beara Peninsula, starting today’s ride from there biking along its gorgeous shores. You’ll grab a scrumptious pub lunch before returning to Kenmare. Tonight you’ll venture out in town where you can enjoy dinner and traditional live music.
Today you'll venture to Sheep’s Head, a beautiful and unspoiled peninsula with a stunning coastal route of windswept moors and wildflowers. You’ll stop for lunch in Durrus at a cookery school where chef Carmel Somer whips up mouthwatering dishes using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Tonight you'll have dinner at your leisure in Cork City.
Depending on your departure time, you’ll be driven to Cork Airport for your departure flight or will have the option for a half-day trip down to Kinsale, 30-minutes drive away. It’s a historical port and fishing town with colourful winding streets lined with galleries and shops.VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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