South West Tour
7 Days 6 Nights
One Luxury Guesthouse
7 days 6 nights
(5 days cycling).
*Difficulty/Terrain - see our guide
6 nights accommodation in 4* hotels
Breakfast, lunch, dinner on all 7 days.
Fully supported tour with dedicated cycling guide and vehicle support
Luggage transfers each day
Transfers to and from Dublin (one location).
Snacks and drinks on the road
GPX files supplied
Braking Away Bidon and t- shirt.
What's not included
Single room occupancy (all prices are based on shared room with one other rider)
Alcoholic or mineral beverages
Travel, bicycle or personal insurance cover
Transport to pick up point.
This is where your adventure begins. We have two pick up points for our tours. One in Dublin Carlton Airport hotel and the second at Cork Train station.
Dublin pick up point - We will meet you at the hotel and after a short briefing and introduction, we head south west.
As the journey is a little over 5 hours, we will be stopping off for lunch in the medieval town of Kilkenny. Here you will be given time to visit the grand Kilkenny Castle which was built in 1195 and boasts some of the most stunning gardens in Ireland.
After lunch, it's a straight run to Kenmare where your hotel equipped with health spa awaits you.
Cork pick up point - Our crew will meet you at the train station and drive you directly to your hotel in Kenmare to join up with your fellow guests. Journey time 90 mins.
That evening, you will be introduced to our crew and will be given a full briefing of the week ahead. The dinner is a great way to get to know each other and prepare for the week ahead.
80km Elevation Gain 1090m
We set off from the town of Kenmare and head west along the Beara peninsula. After an gentle warm up, we turn south and visit the first climb of the day - The Healy Pass. Created in 1847 during the famine years, it snakes its way through desolate but otherworldly landscape. A beautiful climb with spectacular views of Glanmore lake.
At the summit, we find ourselves standing in front of a descent that would match any in Europe. The serpentine road descends down to the town of Adrigole. Here you will have a choice of jumping on the support vehicle or spinning the 18km coastal road to Glengarriff where we will have lunch.
After a well deserved bite to eat, we head for our second climb of the day. A short testing climb through Glengarrif wood and Nature Reserve to the summit of the Caha pass. A spectacular road that will bring you through Ireland's only historic road tunnel and we will even stop off at an award winning chocolatiers to taste some home made treats.
Once over the top, we have a long scenic descent all the way back to our hotel. The Beara Peninsula is one of the most spectacular and beautiful places to visit in Ireland. Mountain Passes, Lakes, Picturesque Towns, Colourful Villages, Flora and Fauna. The Beara Peninsula has it all.
Ring Of Beara
Ring Of Kerry
69km Elevation Gain 792m
Today, we take our first pedal strokes on the world famous Ring of Kerry. First stop is the town of Sneem. A charming village with colourful houses and characters.
After a short coffee stop, it's onto the first and only climb of the day. Molls Gap. Stunning views of the Macgillycuddy Reeks and Irelands largest mountain, Carountoohill on one side and The Gap of Dunloe on the other. There's plenty of photo opportunities on this climb.
Moll’s Gap is named after Moll Kissane. She was famous for her poitin (pronounced - put-cheen), which is a high-potency alcohol made from potatoes, which was traditionally distilled in a small pot.
Just past Molls Gap at the summit is Ladies View with beautiful panoramic views of the Killarney Lakes, The name stems from the appreciation of the view given by Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting during their visit here in 1861. It is generally agreed to be one of the finest views in the country.
Then a downhill spin to the town of Killarney. for a dip in the hotel pool or rest the legs in the sauna.
56km Elevation Gain 655m
Prepare yourself to go back in time. Today we cycle through history. The Gap of Dunloe is one of the most stunningly beautiful parts of County Kerry and indeed Ireland. Stretching through the MacGuillicuddy Reeks mountain range, this beautiful glacial valley simply must be experienced to be appreciated. Ride under towering cliffs and experience the untouched landscape of ancient Ireland.
Of course a must is a visit to Kate Kearney's cottage. Kate was a well known beauty in Ireland in the years before the famine (1845 - 1849). The cottage is now a family run restaurant and has been on the go for over 150 years.
Once through the Gap of Dunloe, we enter The Black Valley. Peace, tranquillity and breath taking scenery with waterfalls and changing colours to keep you company. It's like entering another dimension. Think Lord of The Rings without the Orcs!!
Then we visit Molls Gap for a second time and a downhill spin past the Killarney lakes to our hotel. Definitely our favourite day of the tour.