Cycle West Cork and Coast

tours / Cycling

Cycle West Cork and Coast information and booking

from
$1360
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    10-20
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • B&Bs / GUESTHOUSES
Equipment Required
Helmet (available locally or bring your own well fitted helmet), wet weather gear, optional but recommended - padded shorts, gel seat, and pedals with toe clips - if you prefer

Highlights

  • cycling past rolling green fields and along spectacular coastline
  • discovering quaint brightly coloured villages brimming with atmosphere
  • soaking up the hospitality of locally run guesthouses and B&Bs
  • exploring the town of Kinsale with its artistic culture

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Quiet roads lined with wild, deeply scented flowers, plunging coastline and rural landscapes, this tour encapsulates the essence of southern Ireland, from rolling green fields to spectacular coastal rides. West Cork is also best known for its colourful villages all of which are brightly painted in a wonderful array of vibrant colours, with hanging baskets brimming with flowers out the front of every pub and shop. This is the more cosmopolitan part of rural Ireland with many choosing to settle in this idyllic setting. Concluding in the colourful town of Kinsale, where artists mingle with fishermen, the town is easily accessible to Cork Airport and city. Accompanied by a support vehicle and tour guide, this is an exceptional cycle journey offering a full immersion into the Irish countryside.

What's included

  • 7 full irish breakfasts, 1 dinner (gougane barra on day 2)
  • 7 nights b&b accommodation on a twinshare basis with private facilities
  • 24 speed touring bike with bag carrier, mudguards, water bottle carrier and a small pannier bag
  • Route maps and details
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Support van and tour guide

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cork, welcome meeting early evening
On arrival in Cork, make your way to your guesthouse. The group will meet early evening. After an introductory talk, an evening meal is organised near by. The meal is not included in the tour price.
Day 2 Cycle to Gougane Barra (67kms)
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 Cycle via the coastal town of Bantry to Ahakista (43km)
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 Cycle to the fishing village of Baltimore (26kms)
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 Free day to horse ride, hike or visit the town of Skibereen
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 Follow the west Cork coastline to Clonakilty (57.5km)
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 Continue along the coast to Kinsale (57.5km)
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 before we go our separate ways the following morning.
Day 8 Trip concludes
You are free then to make your own way back to Cork 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.