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Dingle to Doolin

Dingle to Doolin

Degree of difficulty - B

A new group tour for 2017...

The tour starts in the colourful seaside tovn Dingle.   We kick off with a cycle around the dramtic coastline of Slea Head before heading north on quiet backroads to the literary town of Listowel.   The route continues North and a ferry transfer brings us into the "West Coast" of Ireland.   The sceneray changes dramatically as we cycle around Loop Head and then on towards the Cliffs of Moher. The week finishes on the coast in Doolin, a lively village known for its musical traditions and pubs.

The tour is a great showcase for not only the dramatic difference between Irelands South and West Coast but also a great opportunity to hear the best traditional music Ireland has to offer.   We stay two nights in Dingle and Doolin on the tour to experience this at it's fullest.

The group meets up with the guide at 6.30pm in the centre of Dingle Town.

After an introductory talk from the guide, an evening meal is organised in the hotel, while your luggage is transported to our nearby guesthouse(s).
If you get there early you can leave your luggage with the hotel reception and explore this bustling town.

DAY 2 SUNDAY SLEA HEAD LOOP 30 miles / 48kms
You follow the wonderful Slea Head Route around the tip of the Dingle peninsula. This is one of the most spectacular cycles in Ireland. The highlights include a wide variety of archaeological sites to visit along the route and some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in the country.

DAY 3 MONDAY DINGLE TO LISTOWEL 29 miles / 47 kms or up to 100kms
The morning starts with a long steady climb up to the Conor Pass with its stunning views of Mount Brandon and the coastline in the distance. There follows a wonderful descent and then a nice flat cycle along the coast to the village of Camp where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon you can head straight to Listowel.

Listowel is a heritage town acclaimed as the literay capital of Ireland. The Seanchaí Centre houses the Kerry Writers museum and most summer evenings music, song an ddance can be enjoyed at the many pubs in the town

An easy start to the day riding the fairly flat roads to Tarbet where you take the ferry across the river Shannon to Co Clare.
The terrain becomes a little more rolling here as you follow the Shannon Estuary to Kilkee. Kilkee is one of Irelands oldest seaside resorts having received many famous visitors over the years. The town is built around a horseshoe shaped bay with a 1km golden beach.

DAY 5 WEDNESDAY LOOP THE LOOP 31miles / 52kms up to 100kms
The cycle today focuses on the wonderful Loop Head. A relatively undiscovered region. The spectacular cliff road offers breathtaking scenery and always the chance to see dolphins and Whales. The coastal cycle to Illaunonearaun natural heritage area and lunch in the fishing village of Carrigaholt with its castle on a shorter loop. For the more adventurous then the whole loop offers 100km of riding.

The start of the day will bring you to the well known village on Doonbeg and the Trump international golf course. Soon the rolling countryside will give way to views of the Atlantic Ocean and the big rollers with surfers.

The Cliffs of Moher are a must see attraction. It is then a lovely downhill to Doolin a village famous for its traditional music.

DAY 7 FRIDAY BURREN LOOP 36 miles / 57 kms
Another really special day on the bike. The route starts following the coast, sandwiched between the Burren and the Atlantic Ocean with wonderful views over Galway Bay.

It is then inland getting close to the Burren to really appreciate this limestone escarpment and its unique history, flora and fauna. A stop at the famous Dolmen is a must before the matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna and then the short run back to Doolin.

€ 775.00 per person sharing in June
€ 810.00 per person sharing in July and August
€ 245.00 single occupancy (on request only)

Tour Includes

Seven nights accommodation with full Irish breakfast
One evening meal
24 speed touring bike with bag carrier, mudguards, water bottle carrier and a small pannier bag.
Route maps and details
Luggage transfer each day
Guide in a support van

Self Guided Tour Information

This tour is not currently available on a self guided basis

We stay in a mix of small hotels and guesthouses.   Details to follow...

The tour starts in the town of Dingle.
The closest train station is in Tralee (www.irishrail.ie) and from here you would have to take a bus to Dingle (www.buseireann)
Private transfers from Tralee are possible and cost from Euro 70.00 per transfer.

The tour finishes in the village of Doolin.  From here you can take a public bus (www.buseireann) to Galway or Ennis to pick up on the train network

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