Total tour distance: 201 miles
Daily tour distance: 33 miles
Difficulty: 40 / 100
This coastline has hundreds of tiny inlets and coves, dotted with sandy beaches and safe harbours where a wonderful food culture with artisan food producers abound. The landscape is constantly changing around every bend in the road, from the crashing Atlantic Ocean to the quiet of pristine lakes and peaceful river valleys.
There are hundreds of miles of roads to travel, lots of islands to explore, gardens well worth visiting, and lots of people to talk to on your way. This is an area of strong traditions, ancient culture and many relics from our past with standing stones, stone circles and castles, a cycling paradise!
Leaving Cork City behind, this West Coast Cork Cycling holiday explores the picturesque scenery of West Cork and Kerry. The first stop is Kinsale, a fishing town with a magnificent marina and back streets. This holiday is a delight, passing through fishing villages famous for their restaurants, brightly coloured main streets and Irish music. The cycling passes along coastal and inland roads, passing by sleepy villages and houses, which dot the hills before heading to Bantry.
Bantry is situated beneath the sheltering hills at the head of famous Bantry Bay, one of the most beautiful bays along the Irish coasts. The route then heads inland to Killarney. A train or bus transfer is available back to Cork for ease of departure.