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bike tour in ireland, should I do the Ring of Kerry?

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1. Posted by mat05 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Hi everybody,

i'll be doing a bicycle tour from Kerry to Dublin next week. I heard the Ring of Kerry is very nice but I can see from my map that there's only a main road. Has anybody been there and can tell me if it's okay to go there by bike? In general, are there often special routes for bicycles, or is there so little traffic that the main roads are okay?
I'd be happy about your recommendations about what to visit along the route Killarney-Cork-Waterford-Kilkenny-Carlow-Dublin, too.

Thank you for your help.

2. Posted by Tsjebber (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

I haven't been there in a while. ca 8 years :D, but I do know that the Ring of Kerry is certainly worth it. One of the most beautifull places in Ireland. The infrastructure improved impressively after Ireland joined the European Union. Probably not a thing to worry about. I know that Cork is a really nice town. Certainly check that out. Dunno much about the rest of the places. Been a while. Have fun out there man.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Mat

You WILL NOT regret doing the ring of Kerry - it's the most beautiful part of the country in my opinion. You dont have to stick along the main roads - you can venture off into the little villages. Kerry people are fantastic - they are so friendly - and the best pubs in the country are in that part of the world. The scenery is out of this world even when it's pouring rain. The mountains rise up out of the mist and you totally forget how miserable the rain is.

There's so much to see and do down there, and I believe that if you want to experience a taste of what Ireland was like before the Celtic Tiger you will in Kerry.

Disclaimer: before any Kerry ppl start attacking me for saying that they're behind the times, I'm not saying that at all. Kerry is a very progressive place...but Kerry people have managed to maintain a fine balance between progression and heritage and they still have the "cead mile failte " that the tourists come for.

go to www.failteireland.ie for more info Mat ;)

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

I can put on my hand on my heart and say I agree with everything Ev said ( and i couldn't say it better so i'm not going to try) , you would not regret seeing it, its really beautiful and tranquil, one of the best places in Ireland, you would be crazy not to go there. I was hiking there about two years ago and i'm itching to get back..... the scenery is breathtaking, the people are some of the friendliest.....

You'd have a great time there ;)

5. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

the ring of kerry is gorgeous!! i did exactly what you are doing, but i went three summers ago... it was amazing!!
i would recommend biking along the dingle peninsula, but try and avoid the Conor Pass... it was the toughest part, but the whole peninsula was probably one of the most breathtaking scenes i have ever seen!! if you get the chance, you should try and head up to galway, because the cliffs of moher are amazing.
cork is great! its full of character and you'll meet so many hospitable people from ireland. just try to hit at least one or two small towns along route... the big cities begin to look the same after a while.
Have a great trip!!
Lauren