Cycling around Kerry offers magnificent scenery, none more so than Killarney. As a centre for the cyclist even more than the motoring visitor, Killarney has many attractions. The roads, including the exciting mountain by roads are ideal for the enthusiastic traveller who enjoys his Cycling Around Kerry.
The roads are well signposted and the traveller unaccustomed to the use of maps need have no fears of losing his way, that’s providing he/she does not have too many pints of the black stuff on the trip.
In Killarney town there are several cycle shops where repairs are executed and machines may also be hired.
There are ample hostelries at various places by the lakes and amongst the hills.
Try these Killarney Cycling routes.
Bike Tours Around County Kerry
landscapes and biking roads with more sheep than cars are only two of
the many reasons that Easy Rider Tours, a 25-year specialist in European
cycling vacations, recommends Ireland for cyclists planning their
first-ever overseas bicycling holiday. Fascinating history, a lively
culture, friendly locals, and perfect pints of Guinness all add to
Ireland’s allure for the adventurous cyclist.
“Learning about local history and culture enhances any travel experience, and Ireland especially lends itself to that,” says Easy Rider director Jim Goldberg.
Ireland’s contemporary history is easy to relate to, from the potato famine of 1845 to Queen Elizabeth’s recent visit. Its ancient history is both mysterious and romantic, from mystical stone circles and tombs to legends of the pirate queen Grace O’Malley. “A typical day’s bike ride in Ireland can encompass 3,000 years. There’s no better way to exercise, learn, and have fun all at the same time,” says Goldberg.
The lack of a language barrier is another big advantage, he continues. “The Kerry Irish are great conversationalists and love to chat. The ability to converse easily with the locals makes a world of difference in getting the most out of a first-time European bike trip.”
Western Shores is Easy Rider’s easiest and most popular Ireland Bike Tour for first-time European peddlers. The seven-day cycling vacation spins through County Clare, Connemara, and Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Highlights include the seaside village of Doolin (whose pubs are a Mecca for traditional Irish musicians and their fans), the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren National Park (including a naturalist-guided hike), and an evening of folk tales with an Irish storyteller.
Accommodations are in country manor houses, with a fairy-tale finale at five-star Ashford Castle in County Cong. Each group is accompanied by two native Irish cycling guides who are also experts on local history and lore. In addition, a support vehicle is always available to provide snacks, offer assistance, and carry luggage (not to mention tired bikers). The per-person tour price of $3,195 includes all accommodations, most meals, two guides, support vehicle, and in-country transportation. Trip dates for 2011 are July 24-30 and September 3-9.
Easy Rider also offers two additional bike tours in Ireland geared toward stronger cyclists. “Coasting Kerry” is a nine-day ride through Ireland’s most famous landscapes, including the Gap of Dunloe and Killarney National Park. “Celtic Challenge” is an eight-day Ireland bike tour specially designed for the expert cyclist, with rides averaging 60 miles per day through County Kerry and County Cork. Bike tour departures for 2011 run from June through September; groups are limited to 16 participants.
For a free catalogue or more information on Easy Rider’s cycling vacations in Ireland and bike tours in Europe, Canada, and New England, contact Easy Rider Tours at 800-488-8332 or visit http://www.easyridertours.com.
About Easy Rider Tours.
Since 1986, Easy Rider Tours has specialized in biking vacations in Ireland, Portugal, Spain, the Canadian Maritimes, and New England. Each of Easy Rider Tours’ itineraries provides the company’s signature balance of cycling, culture, and cuisine, delivering the experience of a lifetime to active travellers worldwide. Website: http://www.easyridertours.com.
Hope you have a highly enjoyable time cycling around the beautiful and hidden parts of County Kerry. If you have any experiences you would like to share please email me and I will include it on this page.
Sliabh Luachra Loop, a rural cycle through Kerry’s rich heritage.