Cycling Kerry

The Back Way

Jul 19, 2005
Outside Magazine

The spectacularly scenic Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile road loop in southwestern Ireland, is not to be missed. What you'll want to miss is the crowds and tour buses that flock here. To enjoy the scenery sans the tourists, take an eight-day back-road cycling tour through the Iveragh and Dingle peninsulas. You'll still see many of the major sights—Slea Head, Molls Gap, and the Gap of Dunloe—while getting off the beaten track. Discover the 15th-century Muckross Abbey or listen to a performance of traditional music post-ride in Dingle. Irish Cycling Safaris offers guided and self-guided tours, with about 35 miles of pedaling each day, for $444 (Trek hybrid bikes, accommodations, and some meals included). 011-353-1260-0749,