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Walking and Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way
Discover the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way of the rugged west coast of Ireland on an 8-day self-guided cycle tour from Killarney to Annascaul. Some highlights of the tour include cycling through the stunning Gap of Dunloe, a boat trip from Ross Castle through the three lakes of Killarney to Lord Brandon's cottage and an optional 2nd boat trip into Dingle harbour in search of Dingle's most famous resident, 'Fungi' the Bottlenose Dolphin. This tour is a combination of cycling and walking the incredible west coast and is suitable for all including families and children aged 12+.
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance69 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance13.7 miles
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Killarney and ends in Annascaul. The closest airport to Killarney is Cork Airport (ORK) and there is a train station at Killarney.
Tralee train station is one of the main train stations that is a 30 minute drive from Annascaul (taxis are available) and will take you onto your further connections.
How long is the tour? How many cycling days?
The tour is 8 days long with 3 days of cycling and 2 days of walking, 1 day with an optional walk, 1 day with an optional cycle and the last day of departure.
What's the tour like?
It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, the tour operator makes these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.
As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.
What's the minimum age for the tour?
Children who are 12 years or older are welcome on this tour.
What's the food and drink like in the region?
All breakfasts are included.
Irish food is not exactly famous, but what you will find is extremely good ingredients used to create basic and classic dishes, both Kerry beef and Kerry lamb, are certainly well known all over Ireland and further afield. You will see rack of lamb, lamb stew and shepherd’s pie, in most places. The county’s other basket is the Atlantic Ocean, and its rivers and loughs. Sea bream and Sea Bass are popular. Trout and Salmon can be served in many different ways, and there is an abundance of shellfish, local chowders are excellent and look out for crab gratin.
Wine is readily available but of course one of the symbols of Ireland is Guinness, and we can say from experience that it tastes better in Ireland, but if have a thirst after a long walk, be aware the Guinness is not poured quickly, many might say there is a certain amount of time you need to leave after filling the glass halfway up the harp. However, it should be left until you see a vivid distinction between the dark body and the creamy white head. Only then can the rest of the glass be filled. Learning from the locals, you should order your second pint before you have finished your first!
Craft beer is making a name for itself in Ireland and there are some excellent local ones. Then there is the Irish whiskey, the famous one being Bushmills and Jameson’s, and there are many local whiskies for you to try, the Dingle distillery produces a good whiskey and an excellent gin.
What's the weather like?
The climate on the South West Coast of Ireland is mild due to its location and the influence of the Gulf Stream. The weather, however, is temperamental and proves quite hard to predict, therefore it is important to be prepared for all weather. The warmer months tend to be the summer months, July and August, with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Temperatures rarely fall below 0 during the year. The wettest months tend to be from October through to March. April is often the driest month. Rain can be expected at any time of the year.
Is a bike included? Can I bring my own?
Yes, a bike is included in the tour price. If you'd like to ride an e-bike then you can hire one for an additional cost. Alternatively, if you want to bring your own bike that is possible and a discount is available.
Please read here for the tour operator's message regarding Covid-19:
Before you travel
We recommend that your travel insurance policy includes COVID-cover so that your costs will be covered until you are able to return home should you test positive (subject to conditions). When comparing travel insurance providers, please ensure you read each PDS carefully so you know exactly what you are and aren’t covered for.
On your trip
Your tour leader will provide the latest local guidance, and let you know if any extra safety precautions such as face coverings may be needed in certain locations.
Should you fall ill, our team knows the most suitable medical care facilities for each point on the trip and will work in tandem with your leader to get you any medical attention, should you need it. If official travel advice changes during your trip, your leader will work closely with our customer operations team to reroute or help with repatriation if required.
In the unlikely event that your group needs to self-isolate, your local team will offer support throughout. We will help arrange accommodation and food and help to organise medical care and liaise with your insurance provider. In the unlikely event that your tour leader contracts COVID, they will be replaced immediately.
Should there be a requirement to show proof of a negative COVID test on arrival back to your home country, we have built time into our itineraries for this. On guided trips your leader will assist with this and if needed, will take you to the most appropriate local testing facility.
If, through no fault of your own, your test result is delayed, we will cover your accommodation costs until you are able to travel and rearrange your flights (for flight inclusive customers).
Small Healthy Groups
We keep group sizes small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group. It may not always be possible to socially distance, but as a precautionary measure, we encourage travellers to limit physical contact with others where possible.
Exodus COVID-Clear Policy
For extra peace of mind, Exodus requires all those travelling on group holidays to have had a vaccine or negative COVID test – known as ‘COVID-Clear’ status. Please ensure that you understand this policy and can comply with it before you travel with us. All customers will need to have one of the following in place prior to travel:
1. Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the last dose having been administered no less than two weeks prior to travel. The total number of doses must have been given, as required by the vaccine manufacturer (in most cases this is two doses).
• You will need to obtain the Australian-issued International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC). Please visit Smart Traveller for how to obtain your certificate
2. A negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken within 72 hours of travel.
If you are travelling to a country where one of these is an entry requirement, you do not need to provide Exodus with proof of your COVID-Clear status prior to travel; you can expect this to be checked by your airline and by immigration officials when you arrive in the destination country.
If you are travelling within your home country, or there are no entry requirements of this nature in the destination country, please email a copy or photo of your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks before departure.
With our COVID-Clear policy in place, we will no longer require you to complete a ‘self-declaration’ prior to travel, which was required for travel during 2020. Your tour leader however will remind you of any regional or national COVID rules or guidelines which apply, and as needed, the latest policy requirements from Exodus.
All of our destinations will be required to pass a 5-stage approval process, which includes all relevant government authorities advice and assessment of additional destination information by Healix, a leading independent Global Travel Risk Management company.
Our 5-stage approval process
We will only travel to a country where the following criteria has been met:
• The Australian Government does not advise against travel to your chosen country.
• COVID infection rates are under control.
• Entry requirements are reasonable and local restrictions do not significantly impair the itinerary.
• We have access to a list of approved emergency medical services.
• Our local partners can meet our COVID safety requirements.
We use Healix, a leading Global Travel Risk Management company to ensure we have correct, consistent and up-to-date information about all destination risks.
How do I know if my trip is going ahead?
We review all upcoming departures on a rolling, week-by-week basis, to assess whether we can safely travel to the destination country.
11 weeks before you depart: At this point we will either confirm that we believe there is a good chance of the trip running, or we will cancel the departure. All clients will be written to in either case.
7 weeks before you depart: We will make a final decision on running the tour and will contact you to advise if your trip is scheduled to travel or not. We will issue updated Trip Notes and ask you to read and confirm you understand the requirements to protect yourself and other group members, including our ‘COVID-Clear’ policy.
Up to the date of travel: We will continue to monitor all destinations and will notify clients immediately should the status of their departure change.
Clean & Safe
Enhanced cleanliness and hygiene safety measures have been introduced in our accommodation, transport, meal locations and venues, and our local teams will visit each one in advance of travel.
Exodus Travels has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with additional assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standards designed to keep your travels as safe as possible.