Beara Peninsula 8-Day Self-Guided Bike Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the West Cork Peninsula of Beara, one of the four long fingers of land jutting out into the Atlantic from the South-West.
  • Absorb the culture of the peninsula, a haven of tranquillity, far away from ‘coach-tour’ country and long been popular with the more discerning travel
  • Delve into this sanctuary for cyclists.
This cycle holiday of the Beara Peninsula loops around this rugged coastline, takes in some of the Sheeps Head Peninsula further south and finishes in Glengarriff where you can avail of a bus service back to Cork.
What to Expect
Day 1

Arrive at your first Bed & Breakfast house in Bantry where your Information Pack with Route Suggestions & Maps await your arrival. Collect your cycles and if time allows, take a short cycle around the town to get a “feel” for your surroundings. Overnight in Bantry.

Day 2

Cycling out of Bantry your first cycle takes you onto the Sheeps Head Peninsula following the spectacular “Goat’s Path” on the northern shores of this peninsula to Kilcrohane. From there you return along the southern shores to Durrus & on back to Bantry from there. Return to your accommodation for overnight.

Cycle Details – Distance: 52kms. Max. Ascent: 220m

Day 3

Leaving Bantry behind you, today’s cycle takes you on a lovely route to the beautiful Gougane Barra before returning to the shores of Bantry Bay & finish in the picturesque village of Glengarriff. Overnight in Glengarriff.

Cycle Details – Distance: 56kms. Max. Ascent: 250m.

Day 4

Cycling north from Glengarriff, you have a beautiful route over the “Caha Pass” a magnificent road through the mountains with wonderful views towards the Ring of Kerry. Descending onto the northern shores of the peninsula you cycle to Lauragh for your overnight. Overnight and dinner in Lauragh.

Cycle Details – Distance: 45kms. Max. Ascent: 390m.

Day 5

Continuing along the northern shores your cycle today takes you through the picturesque village of Eyeries famous for its colourful houses. From there you continue to Allihies – once home to a thriving copper mining industry. Overnight in Allihies.

Cycle Details – Distance: 44kms. Max. Ascent: 100m.

Day 6

Today takes you further west to Dursey Sound. If you wish a trip to the glorious Dursey Island, just at the very tip of the Beara Peninsula is well worthwhile … crossing over on Ireland’s only Cable Car service. This is a step back in time and gives you an opportunity to walk “West” to the end of land!! Back on the mainland – you continue cycling east to finish in the fishing port of Castletownbere. Overnight in Castletownbere.

Cycle Details – Distance: 38kms. Max. Ascent: 150m

Day 7

Today you have the option to take your bike over to Bere Island for a cycle around this beautiful place adding 14kms onto your day. From Castletownbere you then cycle east through Adrigole – with an option here to go kayaking if you wish. Continuing east – you finish your cycle back in Glengarriff. Overnight in Glengarriff.

Cycle Details – Distance: 38kms. Max. Ascent: 220m

Day 8

After a final Irish breakfast you are then free to take the bus back to Cork & continue your onward journey from there. 
What's Included
  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast. Full Irish Breakfast. Private bathrooms
  • Quality, 21 geared cycle, Hybrid Bikes, ladies and gents, with full back-up service.
  • Move your luggage each cycling day.
  • Give you full cycling details and maps of the area. Full cycling descriptions of each cycling day.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish cycling experience.
What's Not Included
  • Any personal expenses – drinks, medical, gratuities etc.
  • Lunches or evening meals
  • Any extra days/nights
  • Any costs to cycle repairs that are caused by bad care of bicycles
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