NEW Self-Guided Classic Road Cycling Climbs of Kerry

Self Guided

The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.


This tour is well-suited for experienced road riders who are at ease with mountain passes, steep inclines, and demanding descents.


7 nights stay,
6 days cycles



Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Legendary Climbs of County Kerry during this immersive 8-day tour. Experience the sheer beauty of this distinctive region while tackling the very roads that have served as a litmus test for emerging talents on the World Tour peloton.

Challenge your cycling prowess with iconic climbs, including The Conor Pass, Molls Gap, Ballaghabeama, Caha Pass, and a variety of other options. Throughout your adventure, rest your weary legs in carefully chosen bespoke guest houses and hotels nestled in the heart of charming Irish towns. Immerse yourself in the flavours of delectable cuisine, the depths of local culture, and the enchanting ambiance that permeates the Kingdom of Kerry.

When you join an Ireland Walk Hike Bike tour, your only concern is savouring your ride and deciding how much climbing you crave each day. We handle all the logistics in the background to ensure you relish the cycling trip of a lifetime.

These storied ascents and roads have played a pivotal role in Irish cycling history, featuring prominently in the formidable challenges of events like the Nissan Classic International Stage Race, The Tour of Ireland, and the Rás Tailteann. Over the years, they have proven their mettle to cycling legends from bygone eras such as Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche, and Malcolm Elliot, as well as contemporary stars like Sam Bennett, Tony Martin, John Degenkolb, Simon Yates, and the 2022 Giro d’Italia victor, Jai Hindley. Notably, Hindley blazed up the Conor Pass in 2016 during the Rás, setting a remarkable record of 12 minutes and 35 seconds for the 5.1km, 7% gradient climb.

The Classic Climbs of Kerry tour is tailor-made for enthusiasts who relish consecutive days in the saddle, surrounded by captivating coastal vistas and the rolling, emerald-green hills of Ireland. With a range of route options each day, you can determine the intensity of your challenge and choose how far you want to push yourself.

This tour is well-suited for experienced road riders who are at ease with mountain passes, steep inclines, and demanding descents. Prepare for a cycling adventure that will etch itself into your memory.

Bike Supplement costs are as follows.

Hybrid Bike Supplement – €270.00 | Road Bike Supplement – €510.00 | eBike Supplement – €550.00

You can view our bike fleet, here.

Daphne DesimpelaereDaphne Desimpelaere
15:52 08 Dec 22
We did discover the beautiful region of the County of Kerry (Kerry Ring Tour).Very well organized by IWHB, good communication with the team (good reactivity, and kean to find solutions and open minded, especially when we had to postpone our journey due to the COVID). The hotels/guestrooms very well choosen (good location and guests friendly). Luggage drop off to the next accomodation was a really good option. The infos were correct. We do recommend Ireland Walk Hike Bike and will travel again with them, for sure.
Brian WhiteBrian White
22:12 28 Nov 22
Wonderful trip. Everything was planned perfectly by Ireland WBH. B&Bs were great with Irish breakfast every day to fortify us for the ride. Would love to do another bike trip with them.
David McAleaveyDavid McAleavey
21:17 27 Nov 22
Our walk along parts of the Dingle Way and connected trails as organized by Ireland Walk Hike Bike was everything we had hoped for, from extremely courteous and responsive staff to useful links before the trip (including excellent exercise videos!) and a specially-designed GPS app which knew which route we were following as well as where we had gotten to. (While we also used the provided maps and cue sheets, the GPS app in itself would probably have been sufficient.) The B&Bs which we were booked into were all cozy and clean, and our luggage was handled without any problem. I would recommend this outfit (IWBH) – and I have indeed recommended it – to anyone wishing to explore the part of Ireland we encountered. IWBH also deserve credit for holding our deposit for two years of COVID delay; and I’m very glad that we could finally undertake the walk. For what it’s worth, we took the self-guided “comfort” hike, which meant that we would receive taxi rides to favorable trailheads each day. (From what we could tell, we most often avoided flat boring stretches near towns, without sacrificing more remote and interesting parts.)
Jeanne SargentJeanne Sargent
11:56 27 Nov 22
My husband and I did a self-guided hike through a large part of the Dingle Peninsula to celebrate his 80th birthday. Naturally, we had some concerns about getting lost, having the needed stamina and wanting support along our way. Ireland Walk Hike Bike staff were there for us every step of the way. They chose excellent accommodations at very reasonable prices; taught me how to use the GPS function on my first ever smartphone and arranged transportation to and from Shannon Airport to Tralee. We met so many wonderful folks along our treks who took time from their walk to talk about their lives. It went like clockwork and have toyed with the idea of a repeat adventure if our health permits.
Carol SmithCarol Smith
00:56 24 Nov 22
I usually plan vacations months ahead of time but this one came together in just a few short weeks thanks to Ireland Walk Hike Bike. They worked with our rather impromptu and tight time frame to arrange a 6-day outing along the Kerry Way, and we had a magical time from start to finish. The Kerry Way is moody, broody, and incredibly varied. All arrangements were spot on, from accommodation to transport to walking notes. All we had to do was soak up the scenic rambling each day, drink a celebratory Guinness each night, and meet really interesting people along the way. Ireland captured a piece of my heart – will need to go back again with Ireland WHB to retrieve it!


Enjoy pubs, snugs and stouts in the bustling town of Dingle.

Climb the Conor Pass

Visit Inch Beach

Slea Head

What's Included?

Ensuite room in select accommodations with breakfast
Luggage transfers as per itinerary
Digital Route Notes & Maps or GPS Navigation app
Holiday specialists to handle the details of your trip
24 hour telephone support service
Upgrade option available – Please see downloadable PDF itinerary for details

Package Options

Prices quoted are for the Digital Option. If you would prefer the Traditional Pack please let us know your booking form page.


Single Room Supplement (SRS) is the extra cost of single room occupancy if part of a group.
Solo Traveller Supplement (STS) is the extra cost incurred if travelling alone. The SRS is already included in the STS.
Classic Road Climbs of Kerry Tour - Self-Guided Cycling
Duration: 7 nights
Cost pps: €1145
SRS:* €560
STS:** €845


Day 1 - Tralee
Arrive in Tralee and check into your B&B. If you have time take a short cycle from Tralee to the lovely fishing port of Fenit and from there to the historic Ardfert with its newly restored cathedral and back to Tralee for your overnight stop.
Day 2 - Tralee to Dingle
Cycle from Tralee to Dingle. Choose Route 1a for a scenic ride through Castlegregory and a stop at Brandon Point. Enjoy the winding, narrow Conor Pass with rewarding views and a thrilling descent. Opt for Route 1b for an extended challenge, with extra distance and elevation, including a tough climb near the Iron Age Promontory Fort of Caherconree.

Route 1a: Total Distance: 70km | Elevation Gain: 820m |

Route 1b: Total Distance: 92km | Elevation Gain: 1256m |
Day 3 - Dingle Loop Day
Enjoy a thrilling opportunity to cycle along the renowned Slea Head, known as one of Europe's most spectacular coastal routes. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Blasket Islands and encounter historical gems like the 6th Century Fahan Beehive Huts and the Iron Age Fort of Dunbeg. While the day presents various gradients and elevation challenges, it offers a rhythm that makes the ride unforgettable. The twists and turns, coupled with ever-changing scenery, create an engaging cycling experience. It's not just a physical exertion; it's an immersive adventure connecting you with the region's beauty and heritage. Route 2b, for those seeking an extra challenge, conquers the Southern Side of Conor Pass, offering a unique and demanding climb. With world tour pedigree, it's a memorable experience for cyclists.

Route 2a: Total Distance: 66km | Elevation Gain: 727m |

Route 2b: Total Distance: 80km | Elevation Gain: 1200m |
Day 4 - Dingle to Killarney
Today offers a welcome break from challenging climbs. The route starts in Dingle, taking you along scenic back roads. You'll pass by the historic Minard Castle with its turbulent past and then cycle along the striking red cliffs to reach Inch Beach, offering a serene interlude. Day 4 is about appreciating the region's history, culture, and coastal beauty. Overnight in vibrant Killarney, known for live traditional music, charming pubs, and fabulous restaurants, making it a highlight of your adventure. Enjoy the lively atmosphere and warm local welcome.

Route 3a: Total Distance: 71km | Elevation Gain: 638m |

Route 3b: Total Distance: 90km | Elevation Gain: 885m |
Day 5 - Killarney Loop Day
Cycle deep into Kerry's heartlands with two route options, both offering awe-inspiring views and a hearty challenge. The iconic Gap of Dunloe is a highlight on both routes. Route 4b introduces the magnificent Ballaghabeama Pass, a 5-kilometer climb with a 4.1% average gradient, featuring challenging gradients up to 12% near the summit. This climb has a rich history in Irish bike racing, dating back to the 1960s and gaining international recognition, especially when legendary British rider Sean Yates conquered it in the 1987 Nissan Classic. It's a day that appeals to both your heart and legs, celebrating the exhilarating spirit of the sport. Don't miss the chance to visit the Strawberry Pancake Field for a delicious crepe and a caffeine boost if you opt for the longer route.

Route 4a: Total Distance: 56km | Elevation Gain: 712m |

Route 4b: Total Distance: 91km | Elevation Gain: 995m |
Day 6 - Killarney to Kenmare
Leaving Killarney, you can explore the enchanting Killarney National Park before conquering the 4.3-kilometer climb of Molls Gap with its manageable 4.3% gradient. This diverse and captivating experience has been featured in cycling events. Day 5 celebrates the varied landscapes of County Kerry. Overnight in Kenmare, savor gourmet or local dining options. Kenmare's dedication to fresh, high-quality ingredients ensures delightful meals, and its lively pub scene offers live traditional music for a cultural immersion.

Route 5a: Total Distance: 63km | Elevation Gain: 712m |

Route 5b: Total Distance: 72.5km | Elevation Gain: 800m |
Day 7 - Kenmare Loop Day
Enjoy a loop ride out of Kenmare, offering two route options to suit your preferences. Both routes take you through the Healy Pass, a historical and scenic gem connecting South Kerry and West Cork. Built in the 1840s, it features short tunnels that add an epic feeling to the climb. The Healy Pass climb, stretching 6 kilometers with an average grade of 4.5%, is a treat for cycling enthusiasts. The tunnels and the pass itself add a touch of history and adventure to the experience. On the shorter route, you'll return to Kenmare via the scenic Caha Pass, which presents a different climbing experience. The longer route guides you back via the captivating Borlin Valley, a raw and rugged gem away from the tourist crowds. Its untamed beauty and serene ambiance offer a unique experience. The climb here spans 8.5 kilometers with a gentle average gradient of 3.7%. Both routes provide memorable experiences, reflecting County Kerry's rich and varied landscapes.

Route 5a: Total Distance: 79km | Elevation Gain: 1114m |

Route 5b: Total Distance: 92.5km | Elevation Gain: 1398m |
Day 8 - Kenmare Departure
After a final hearty breakfast, take a moment to reflect on the incredible week of cycling through the Beara Peninsula. At this point, you have the option to avail of a complimentary transfer back to Killarney, or if you prefer, you can make your own onward travel arrangements from Kenmare. This marks the end of a memorable journey through the stunning landscapes and rich heritage of the region.

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This tour is well-suited for experienced road riders who are at ease with mountain passes, steep inclines, and demanding descents.

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