Tour Overview

Quiet roads lined with wild flowers, this tour covers all type of landscape, from rolling green fields to spectacular coastal rides. West Cork is also best known for its colourful village all of which are brightly painted in a wonderful array of vibrant colours, with wonderful hanging baskets brimming with flowers on the front of every pup and shop. This is the most cosmopolitan part of rural Ireland with many people choosing to settle in this idyllic setting. After seeing this wonderful area, maybe you will too.

  • A beautiful cycling route along the banks of the River Lee
  • Sheep's Head Peninsula - one of Ireland's undiscovered beauty spots
  • The Town of Clonakilty - birthplace of the historic Irish figure Michael Collins
  • The wonderful historic town of Kinsale - renowned for its excellent cuisine
  • Cork City on the Banks of the Lee - the second biggest city in Ireland.
  • Tour Dates 2020
    • June 27
    • August 1

What's included

    *Accommodation is based on a twin sharing basis. Due to the isolated nature of some of our locations, we cannot guarantee the availability of single room accommodation. A limited number of single rooms are available at a supplement of $286 for the week.
  • Special Features of Your Cycling Tour In Ireland
  • 7 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation with private bathroom facilities
  • 7 full Irish breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner
  • 21 speed touring bike with a pannier bag
  • Maps and necessary equipment
  • Experienced guide driving support van
  • Luggage Transfers

Tour highlights

  • Bantry House & Gardens
  • Kinsale
  • CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
  • Beara Peninsula
  • Cork

Overnights for this tour

  • Cork for 1 Night
  • Gougane Barra for 1 Night
  • Ahakista (Bantry Area) for 1 Nights
  • Clonakility for 1 Nights
  • Kinsale for 2 Nights

Accomodation options

  • Accommodation
    Accommodation is based on a twin sharing basis in family run hotels and guesthouses with breakfast included. All rooms provide private bathroom facilities. Due to the isolated nature of some of our locations we cannot guarantee the availability of single room accommodation. For people travelling alone we will twin share them with another single person. In exceptional cases we may be able to provide a single room at a supplement of €286.00 for the week.

Day 1 - Saturday: Arrival in Cork City

The group meets at 6.30 pm in the Bar of Jurys Cork Hotel, Western Road (021 4252700). For location map, click on www.jurysdoyle.com (NOT to be confused with Jury’s Inn Cork on Andersons Quay. The hotel is only the meeting point and not our actual accommodation. However if you get there before the meeting time and wish to explore the city you can leave your luggage in the left luggage at the hotel reception. An introductory talk from the guide is followed by a light bar food menu, while your bags are transferred to our guesthouses. Afterwards you might decide to head into the city for a drink in one of Cork’s lively pubs.

Day 2 - Sunday: Cork to Gougane Barra 42 ml/67 km

After fitting you onto your bicycles, we head out by the banks of the Lee and travel along quiet back roads to a lunch stop in the market town of Macroom. In the afternoon we continue up the Lee Valley through rolling countryside to the wonderfully peaceful Lakeside retreat of Gougane Barra, the source of the River Lee and Ireland’s first National Park.

Day 3 - Monday: Gougane Barra to Ahakista 27 ml/43 km

We cycle down to the coast past fields of grazing cattle and sheep to the bustling coastal town of Bantry where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we head out to the beautiful Sheep’s Head Peninsula and cycle along quiet coastal roads with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. That night you have a home cooked dinner in your guesthouse before joining the group in a unique small tin shack pub for some quiet pints of Guinness.

Day 4 - Tuesday: Ahakista to Baltimore 16 ml/26 km

In the morning we cycle through a gap in the mountains to the village of Schull. From there we pedal along a warren of backroads to the small fishing village of Baltimore where you will spend the next two nights. If you feel like a break from the bike you can take a boat ride across roaring water bay from Schull (usually very calm!) to Baltimore.

Day 5 - Wednesday: Rest Day in Baltimore Village

The day can be spent in rest and relaxation or you can take part in a variety of activities including a visit to Cape Clear Island with its stunning views looking back at West Cork. You can go horse riding or hike through the beautiful forest that overlooks the unique Lough Ine, the only salt water lake in North Western Europe. For those who want to experience a unique part of Irish rural life you can take a bus to the local town of Skibereen for the weekly cattle market.

Day 6 - Thursday: Baltimore to Clonakilty 36 ml/57.5 km

In the morning we cycle along quiet back roads to the peaceful Lough Ine and then follow the West Cork coast to the village of Glandore where we have lunch overlooking the beautiful Glandore Harbour with its two islands, Adam and Eve. In the afternoon we visit a 3,000-year-old stone circle, one of the best examples of its kind in the country, before following another scenic coastal cycle to the bustling town of Clonakilty. We stay overnight in a family run hotel.

Day 7 - Friday: Clonakilty to Kinsale 36 ml/57.5 km

In the morning we follow the coast road before heading inland to the village of Timoleague, where you can visit a 15th Century Franciscan Friary. After lunch we continue to hug the coastline all the way to the historic town of Kinsale, site of the Battle of Kinsale in 1601. Kinsale is a very colourful cosmopolitan town with a wide range of excellent craft shops. Later that evening we have a final farewell night out on the town together.

Day 8 - Saturday: Departure Day

You are free then to make your own way back to Cork city anytime on Saturday. We do not arrange this transfer but there are regular buses from Kinsale to Cork and it may be worth bearing in mind that the airport is on the way. The airport is about half an hour at the most from Kinsale.

Route map

Tour Prices

Tour Pricing

Accomodation Type Price
Low Season €885
High Season (July and August) €920
Single Supplement €255

Notes

  • Distances
    The average cycling distance is an easy 30m (45km) with longer routes being available most days. The tours are suitable for adults of all ages, but a certain level of fitness is required and taking in a few practice rides is strongly recommended. The tours are not suited for children under 13 years of age. The Ring of Kerry, the Highlands of Donegal and the Antrim tours have more hills than the other routes and are more suited to the keener cyclist.

  • Meals
    Your guide will recommend a lunch stop each day where a snack lunch will cost between €8 and €12. A group evening meal is organised by the guide each night which costs between €18 and €25. One evening meal during the tour is included in the tour price.

  • Your Bicycle
    We supply 18-21 speed hybrid touring models for your tour. Each booking must give your name and approximate height. Repair equipment, helmets and pannier bags are available on request.

  • Starting Times
    Each of the tours start with a meeting group at 6:30pm on the Saturday evening in a central hotel close to the local train station and bus station. This is only a meeting point, typically the group will be staying in nearby guesthouses. The guide is able to return to the meeting place at 9:30pm again that evening and the following morning for those arriving late. After an introductory talk the guide will organise an evening meal and direct you to your first nights accommodation.

  • Insurance
    There is an additional charge of €35 for insurance cover. We insist that riders avail of our insurance policy or else have alternative cover in place

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