Beara Way Cycling Tour

Ireland
Road Bike
Self-Guided
Beara Way Cycling Tour

Beara Way Cycling Tour

Prices

From $925USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

B&B/Guesthouses

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Highlights

Discover the hidden treasures of the Beara Peninsula on this engaging cycling tour

Gaze upon Killarney’s Three Lakes from the famed Gap of Dunloe after an exhilarating bike ride.

Ride in Ireland’s only cable car to remote Dursey Island.

Dine on the freshest fish and chips in the port of Castletownbere.

Connect with the ancients at the Uragh Stone Circle.

If you’re searching for an Irish adventure away from the crowds, the Beara Way is the route for you. This eight-day self-guided cycling tour provides all the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way without the tourists who flock to the Ring of Kerry. It’s the glorious Irish countryside at its best!

The route begins in Killarney, a major hub for the region with plenty of famous sights. Cut south to Kenmare, and then out along the northern flank of the Beara Peninsula, taking an inland detour to a gorgeous nature park and the captivating Uragh Stone Circle. Continue westward until you reach the very tip of the Beara Way, stopping in charming colourful seaside villages along the way. After a ride on Ireland’s only cable car to Dursey Island, work back eastward along Beara’s southern shores. You may never enjoy fresher seafood unless you catch it yourself! Finally cycle north back towards Kenmare, through idyllic rural scenes full of mountains, valleys, and rushing rivers to explore. The Beara Way is waiting for you!

Beara Way Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Killarney

Arrive in the town of Killarney, one of Ireland’s most popular destinations for travellers across the globe. This is an excellent hub in which to arrive and get a taste of the week ahead.

Check into your accommodations, then collect your bikes (if renting) along with your information pack. The day is yours to settle in and explore Killarney. If you’re keen to start cycling, head down to the historic Muckross House mansion on the edge of Killarney National Park before looping back into town.

Overnight Location
B&B in Killarney
Distance
21km
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycle the Gap of Dunloe

Time to set out on the Beara Way! To get there, begin by cycling around the north shore of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Ascend through the striking Gap of Dunloe, a glacial pass with tremendous views of lakes and mountains in all directions.

Turn south and cycle through the Black Valley, past acres of farmland with plenty of sheep to watch you pass. Your ride ends in the lovely town of Kenmare, renowned for its food and pubs. Enjoy a delicious meal to celebrate the first day!

Overnight Location
B&B in Kenmare
Distance
42km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Riding the Beara

The day starts with a ride across Ireland’s first suspension bridge (since upgraded) onto the Beara Peninsula. Head west along the coast of Kenmare Bay, with serene views across the water. Then turn inland along a country lane, stopping at the Uragh Stone Circle. A five-stone circle with a massive 3-meter outlier monolith, it’s simple and majestic all at once.

Continue to Gleninchaquin Park, a gorgeous area full of hills and waterfalls to explore. Set aside your bikes and stroll along one of six walking trails, or find a spot for a picnic lunch.

Head out the same way you came in and finish your day in the tiny village of Lauragh.

Overnight Location
B&B in Lauragh
Distance
42km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 The Colours of History

Continue your westward journey along Beara’s northern shores. Pass through the village of Eyeries, one of Ireland’s most colourful with its brightly painted houses and shops. Perched on a bluff overlooking the bay, it’s well worth a stop for the views alone.

Your day wraps up in the village of Allihies, the westernmost overnight location on this route. In the 19th century, this was a copper hotspot, with thousands working the mines. Today, the wild coastal scenery delights locals and visitors alike.

Overnight Location
B&B in Allihies
Distance
44km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 End of the Road

Today’s route takes you as far west as you can possibly go. Cycle south then out along the tip of the Beara Peninsula until you reach the ocean. But there’s more to explore – Dursey Island lies across the water, and Ireland’s only cable car will take you there!

Dursey Island is about as natural as it gets. There are a handful of permanent residents, but no shops or restaurants, so make sure to bring your own supplies. Birdwatchers will delight in the wildlife, and the rest of us will make do with endless vistas of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Return to the mainland and cycle east to the port of Castletownbere, your home for the evening. It’s the largest town on the peninsula, and you won’t find much fresher seafood anywhere else

Overnight Location
B&B in Castletownbere
Distance
38km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 East through Bere Island

Continue east along the southern flank of the Beara Peninsula. You have the option right away to explore Bere Island, a mere 10-minute ferry from Castletownbere. The island is home to a plethora of outstanding archaeological sites, and chock-full of history from the Bronze Age on down.

Back on the mainland, cruise along the coast until you reach the seaside village of Glengarriff. The nearby Glengarriff Forest is home to one of the greatest oak groves in all of Ireland.

Overnight Location
B&B in Glengarriff
Distance
38km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Return to Kenmare

Your final day on the Beara Way takes you back north to Kenmare. All the best features of this inland region are on display, from towering mountains to broad valleys and stunning views around every corner. Conquer a few solid uphill sections as you cross from County Cork to County Kerry, and descend along the river back to Kenmare.

The final night is yours to enjoy the town and toast a successful adventure along the Beara Way!

Overnight Location
B&B in Kenmare
Distance
48km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Departure Day

Time to depart from your coastal home. Check out of your accommodations, leave your bicycles behind (if renting), and embark on your own arrangements.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Beara Way Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour in Ireland is run as a custom tour for your group and the price per person is fixed. Note that there are some upgrade options to add more support to your tour (including regular phone check-ins and a welcome briefing). Please contact us if you are interested in these.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $925USD
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Accommodation on Beara Way Cycling Tour

This tour is based in small B&Bs and/or guesthouses. Each property offers warm rooms with an ensuite washroom and daily hot Irish breakfast.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $275USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. The required supplement for solo travellers is included in the listed price.

Night 1

Guesthouse or B&B in Killarney

There’s plenty of quality accommodations in Killarney, and yours are no exception. Warm ensuite rooms and daily hot Irish breakfast help you make the most of your tour.

Night 2

Guesthouse or B&B in Kenmare

Enjoy some of the finest food & drink in all County Kerry in your welcoming Kenmare accommodations.

Night 3

Hotel near Lauragh

Clean and comfortable ensuite rooms are a welcome rest after a day of exploring Ireland’s history.

Night 4

Hotel in Allihies

Relax from your westward adventures in tidy ensuite accommodations here on the Atlantic shores.

Night 5

Hotel in Castletownbere

Your home in this historic fishing port provides daily hot Irish breakfast to complement the extraordinarily fresh seafood on offer.

Night 6

Hotel in Glengarriff

Welcome to Glengarriff, where your ensuite accommodations provide the perfect starting point for your adventure along the Beara Way.

Night 7

Guesthouse or B&B in Kenmare

Enjoy some of the finest food & drink in all County Kerry in your welcoming Kenmare accommodations.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Beara Way Cycling Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Luggage transfers are included on a daily basis during the tour. Airport transfers are not included.

Also Included

  • Detailed road book with full area maps
  • GPS-enabled app for navigation & points of interest
  • 24-hour emergency/information support
  • Full pre-departure information to maximize your experience
  • In-house Holiday Specialist to assist with any additional services

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Transport into Killarney or out of Kenmare
  • Ferry tickets
  • Entrance fees to any sites or parks

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single room supplements
  • Bike rental

Frequenty Asked Questions about Beara Way Cycling Tour

How hard is the Beara Way Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. A moderate level of fitness is required for the distance and elevation changes on this route, and previous cycling experience is recommended. The main routes are paved road, though some unpaved country roads are also involved.

Do I need a visa to travel to Ireland?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Beara Way Cycling Tour?

7 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Killarney to start this tour?

Fly into Kerry Airport (KIR). As a regional airport, you’ll likely need to connect through one of Ireland’s larger hubs. From Kerry Airport, Killarney is a 15-minute taxi ride. You can also drive straight from the larger Cork Airport (ORK), which is about 75 minutes from Killarney.

Where does the Beara Way Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Kenmare. The closest airport is Kerry Airport (KIR), a 50-minute drive away. The larger international Cork Airport (ORK) is just a bit further, about 1 hour and 20 minutes by car.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Rental bikes are offered in road, hybrid, and e-bike models.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Ireland?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Ireland?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. A moderate level of fitness is required for the distance and elevation changes on this route, and previous cycling experience is recommended. The main routes are paved road, though some unpaved country roads are also involved.


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