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Cycling on the Dingle Peninsula

Dunquin-Featured-ImageWe may be based in Tralee and mainly offer day tour options, but, our sister company Ireland Walk Hike Bike offer longer tour options in the area. You can choose from the Ring of Kerry, the Burren and West Cork but you should consider an 8 Day Cycling tour on the Dingle Peninsula – known in Irish language as Corca Dhuibhne.

There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the same density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula boasts.

There is so much to discover and conquer within ‘Dingle’ that it really has to be seen in all of its glory to be believed. It is steeped in ancient Irish & early Christian history and is spectacularly shaped by the ravages of the Wild Atlantic Ocean.

You will travel west from the start point in Tralee, along the nothern shores of the peninsula to reach the foot og Mount Brandon before continuing on to Dingle. After a few days exploring the headland you return along the nothern edge via the magnificent Inch Beach and over the Slieve Mish Mountains to Tralee.

Arrive to Tralee

Once you get to Tralee, and your accommodation, there is a number of options for you to test out your wheels in the area. We have short options around the town park or out the canal, but we recommend taking a trip to Fenit.

Feint Harbour is located 13km west of Tralee, and will soon have a greenway running there from Tralee, but for now you can follow our route there along the shores of Tralee Bay.

Cycling from Tralee to Cloghane

Today will be the first adventure on the Dingle Peninsula. You will travel west from Tralee along the northern shores of the Dingle Peninsula with the Slieve Mish Mountains on your left and Tralee Bay to your right. The route takes you through Castlegregory before finishing in the picturesque village of Cloghane and your overnight stop for the night.

If an extra night in Cloghane sounds enticing we would recommend looking at hiking up Mount Brandon on your free day here.


The Conor Pass and Cloghane to Dingle

Leaving Cloghane you head for the village of Brandon and Brandon Point and then on and over the famous Conor Pass with its breathtaking views that stretches for miles. In the distance you will see the fishing town of Dingle and your stopover for the next three days.

Before you Enjoy the beauty of Dingle and its surrounds on your bike over the next few days you really have to take the time to enjoy the town itself. Dingle is famous for its Traditional Irish Pubs, Irish Dancing and cuisine. Not to mention the Dingle Distillery, Fungi the Dolphin and Dingle Oceanworld – Ireland’s Largest Aquarium.

If you would like to take an extra day here we would recommend looking at taking a boat trip to the Blasket Islands.

Slea Head Route

Heading west from Dingle, along the Slea Head Driving Route, you cycle via Ventry to the westernmost point in Europe – Slea Head. With its magnificent breathtaking views across the Blasket Sound to the famous Blasket Island its a day not to be missed. Stop along the way to visit some of the ancient beehive huts, or even to pet a lamb!! From Slea Head you cycle on to Dunquinn – where you can visit the Blasket Islands visitors centre – and Ballyferriter on your way back to Dingle for the evening.

Brandon Creek Looped Cycle

Today you can take the time to explore Dingle Town, to take the boat trip to Blasket Islands or take the trip to see Fungi the Dingle Dolphin, famous the world over. Dingle is a lovely town to ramble around visiting the numerous art galleries and other interesting shops.

If you want to cycle today then we have a route that will take you around the Northern side of the Peninsula. Cycling north from Dingle through Brandon Creek and on to the village of Ballydavid before finishing back in Dingle. Along the way there is some more Beehive Huts to visit, Gallarus Oratory, some Star Wars filming locations and some amazing beaches – like Wine Strand.


Travel to Inch Beach

Leaving Dingle today you head back east. You will travel along the shores of Dingle Bay, once again enjoying spectacular views and breathtaking scenery on this magnificent peninsula.

Your destination is the tiny hamlet of Inch with its renowned and magnificent beach and ideal for a walk along its golden sands or a quick dip. On your way you can detour to visit the village of Annascaul, home to the famous explorer Tom Crean.

Back to Tralee over the Slieve Mish Mountains

Today’s route continues along the coast to the historical village of Castlemaine with its neat little harbour and splendid bird sanctuary. From here you head north and take the “short mountain route” back to Tralee and your last night’s stopover.

This is a very historical area and on your way you will pass the legendary mythological Queen Scotia’s grave which also offers fabulous views over Tralee Bay and North Kerry.


After a final breakfast and farewell you leave your cycle behind you and follow your own arrangements for your onward journey.

If another day in Tralee would be of interest we have a number of day tour options on offer here. Either self-guided or guided tours.

If this tour would be of interest, please get in touch here.


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