Walking and Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way

8 days
from
£1,295
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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 12+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
M07KE
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
New Mixed-Activity Holidays
Min age:
12

Kerry is the proud owner of Ireland's 10 highest peaks and a vast national park containing the country's oldest oak forests. A haven for hikers and cyclists, with magnificent views of land and sea at every turn.

 

The Wild Atlantic Way spans the full Western coast of Ireland and on this holiday you explore its wonderful Southern peninsula. With one of the country's finest national parks as its backyard, the lively tourism hub of Killarney is often the starting point for Kerry's two famed loop drives: the larger Ring of Kerry skirts the mountainous, island-fringed Iveragh Peninsula. The more compact Dingle Peninsula is like a condensed version of its southern neighbour, with ancient Christian sites, sandy beaches and glimpses of a hard, unforgiving land. Killarney's exquisite beauty makes it one of Kerry's most popular tourist destinations. We ensure you escape from the crowds, along a mountain pass, an isolated cove or an untrodden trail.

Highlights

  • Cycle through the stunning Gap of Dunloe
  • Boat trip from Ross Castle through the three lakes of Killarney to Lord Brandon's cottage.
  • Optional 2nd boat trip into Dingle harbour in search of Dingle's most famous resident 'Fungi' the Bottlenose Dolphin

Key information

  • 7 Nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Route notes and maps provided 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: Ireland

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • GPS Device 
  • Route maps
  • Luggage Transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Days of Cycling
Day by day breakdown
Day 224.0km/15.0miles
Day 310.0km/6.0miles
Day 541.0km/25.0miles
Day 622.0km/14.0miles
Day 714.0km/9.0miles

Itinerary

Killarney
to
Annascaul
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Killarney

    Check into the Abbey Lodge B&B where you stay for 3 nights and discover the delights of Killarney. Or if you have time enjoy a circular route to Killarney National Park, cycling to Muckross Lake; one of the famous 3 lakes of Killarney, 15th century Muckross Abbey and 19th century Muckross House with renowned and beautiful gardens. Following your cycle return to Killarney to enjoy this vibrant town for your first overnight stop. Stay overnight at Abbey Lodge

  • Day 2

    Ross Castle and the Lakes of Killarney

    Cycle to the 15th century Ross Castle once home to The O'Donovan Rossa Clan who ruled these lands in bygone times. You will enjoy a scenic boat trip through the three Lakes of Killarney to finish at the Lord Brandon's cottage, stopping perhaps at the cafe here for lunch or a coffee. Cycle through the glaciated valleys of the stunning Gap of Dunloe with glistening mountain lakes with jagged rock faces before returning via the spectacular Killarney National Park. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of the native wild red deer. Stay overnight at Abbey Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Esknamucky Glen and Torc Waterfall

    A transfer to Glaways Bridge today and there are panoramic views of the Killarney lakes and mountains as you walk from Galway's Bridge along the old Kenmare road through the Esknamucky Glen. It truly is one of Ireland's premier walking routes. Finish by visiting the famous Torc waterfall before returning to Killarney. Stay overnight at Abbey Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Dingle

    Today's transfer takes you to Bamburys in Dingle where you stay for 3 nights. Dingle is the South West's home to traditional Irish music, language and culture and Gaelic is still the daily language of the locals. Enjoy this picturesque town full of true Irish tradition, perhaps visit the Dingle Whiskey, Gin and Vodka Distillery and sample the 'water of life' or take a boat trip (payable locally) to see Fungi the resident bottlenose dolphin! Dingle's most famous resident has been delighting visitors with his playful antics for many years. An optional walk from Annascaul to Dingle is also available - the taxi will drop you in Annascaul on the way from Killarney and your luggage will be transferred on to Bambury's in Dingle.
    Stay overnight at Bamburys Guesthouse

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Choice of cycle route

    Cycle west from Dingle via Ventry to Slea Head, with magnificent views and breath taking views across the Blasket Sound to the famous Blasket Island. Continue to Dunquinn and Ballyferriter before returning to Dingle. Alternatively, from Dunquinn harbour take the ferry (pay locally) to Great Blasket Island to explore this mystical and enchanting place. Stay overnight at Bamburys Guesthouse

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Cycle to Ballydavid and on to Brandon Creek

    Cycle north to the beautiful village of Ballydavid, one of the largest fishing ports in the region. Continue to Brandon Creek, the most westerly point of Ireland before returning to Dingle. Stay overnight at Bamburys Guesthouse

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Walk to Annascaul Lake and Annascaul

    A wonderful walk along the Dingle Peninsula from North to South, following a spectacular old farmer's track. You walk over the plateau, passing a deserted famine village and Annascaul Lake on the way before descending into your home for the last night in Annascaul at the southern foothills of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Stay overnight at Teac Seain

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Annascaul

    After a final breakfast and farewell follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Ireland

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Irish food is not exactly famous, but what you will find is extremely good ingredients used to create basic and classic dishes, both Kerry beef and Kerry lamb, are certainly well known all over Ireland and further afield. You will see rack of lamb, lamb stew and shepherd’s pie, in most places. The county’s other basket is the Atlantic Ocean, and its rivers and loughs. Sea bream and Sea Bass are popular.Trout and Salmon can be served in many different ways, and there is an abundance of shell fish, local chowders are excellent and look out for crab gratin.

Wine is readily available but of course one of the symbols of Ireland is Guinness, and we can say from experience that it tastes better in Ireland, but if have a thirst after a long walk, beware the Guinness is not poured quickly, many might say there is a certain amount of time you need to leave after filling the glass halfway up the harp. However it should be left until you see a vivid distinction between the dark body and the creamy white head. Only then can the rest of the glass be filled. Learning from the locals, you should order your second pint before you have finished your first!

Craft beer is making a name for itself in Ireland and there are some excellent local ones. Then there is the Irish whiskey, the famous one being Bushmills and Jameson’s, and there are many local whiskies for you to try, the Dingle distillery produces a good whiskey and an excellent gin.

Weather

The climate on the South West Coast of Ireland is mild due to its location and the influence of the Gulf Stream. The weather, however, is temperamental and proves quite hard to predict, therefore it is important to be prepared for all weather. The warmer months tend to be the summer months, July and August, with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Temperatures rarely fall below 0 during the year. The wettest months tend to be from October through to March. April is often the driest month. Rain can be expected at any time of the year.

Is this trip for you?

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. 

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You'll stay in a mix of friendly bed and breakfasts. You will be sure of a warm Irish welcome everywhere. 

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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