The Pilgrim Route

 Hike, Bike, Gourmet & the Skelligs

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Skellig Michael, the spectacular World Heritage site
  • Hike the beautiful wilderness of the Kerry Way
  • Hike the Mass path from Derrynane House to Waterville
  • Cycle the Skellig Ring and Valentia Island and soak in the spectacular scenery and warm Irish hospitality
  • Discover the Skellig Chocolate Factory on Kerry’s local food trail

6 days and 5 nights

Tour Dates

2021

August Sunday 8th – Friday 13th
September Sunday 5th – Friday 10th

2022

June Sunday 5th – Friday 10th
July Sunday 10th – Friday 15th
August Sunday 7th – Friday 12th
September Sunday 4th – Friday 9th

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Per Person €1,250

This itinerary has 5 of the top 10 experiences Kerry can offer, Skellig Michael, The Kerry Way, the Skellig Ring, Kerry gourmet trail and, of course, the warmest Kerry hospitality!

Follow the Pilgrim ancient routes along the Derrynane Mass Path and out to Skellig Michael and immerse yourself in these magical places.

What’s Included:

Everything you need – and a few things you didn’t know you wanted!

Signature local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private guided tours; authentic local cuisine; whiskey tasting and a chance to pull your own pint of Guinness; all the luxury you can handle; local insights; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.

  • Superb breakfast each morning, delicious seafood lunches and dinners at speciality selected restaurants
  • Local Support guide(s) and support van, German and French speaking guides also available
  • Tours are designed to be Sustainable with a low carbon footprint
  • All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
  • Use of a hybrid bike or ebike, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
  • All hotel accommodation
  • A GPS bike and walking routes downloaded
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

Optional Extras

Return airport transfers (price on request)

Day by Day

Day 1

Private transfer to Sneem and check-in at the Sneem Hotel, your bas for the next two nights.

Day 2

Starting from Sneem, you’ll join the Kerry Way for a 14km hike to the small village of Caherdaniel where we will have lunch.

You’ll take the scenic route across Derrynane Beach (voted on of the top 5 beaches in Ireland) to Derrynane House, ancestral home of Daniel O’ Connell, one of the leading figures in Irish history who was hailed in his time as the Liberator. Derrynane House is a true gem where you can take a private tour of the house and grounds, followed by an optional swim on the beach or maybe a Guinness before heading back to Sneem.

Day 3

The second hike starts from Derrynane House where you’ll join the Pilgrims’ Mass Path, a winding trail that hugs the coast from the beach to the nearby Bunavalla pier.

Once off the Mass Path, you’ll turn to the mountains and hike over Coomakista towards Waterville, rewarded at all times with stunning views of the surrounding bays and headlands.

Day 4

You’ll leave the walking boots behind and hop onto the bike to take on the Skellig Ring with breathtaking views out to Skellig Michael – this is regularly voted by our guests as the best section of the Wild Atlantic Way so buckle up and enjoy the spin!

Halfway through the spin, you’ll stop at the famous Skellig Chocolate Factory for a well-deserved pitstop with plenty of samples to try before lacing up the walking boots again and taking on the Kerry Cliffs twards Portmagee where you’ll spend the night. Your luggage will be transferred separately.

Day 5

The Skelligs, our adventure starts at the pier in Portmagee where we take the boat to Skellig Michael, one of Ireland’s signature destination. The Skelligs were first used as a monastic site in the 5th and 6th centuries and are famous for their stunning, rugged terrain and archaeological sites.

A truly magical experience, the Skelligs trip will stay in your memory for years to come.

Day 6

You’ll return to the bike for a guided tour of Valentia Island, taking the back road around the island with a quick stop at the landing place of the first ever transatlantic telegraph. Laid in 1866, the cable linked Valentia with Newfoundland and operated for 100 years before being decommissioned.  

You’ll also stop off at Valentia’s tetrapod trackways, the site where ancient dinosaur tracks are still visible – these are some of the oldest examples of vertebrate life and always worth a visit!

Lunch on the island will be followed by a short ferry crossing back to the mainland and a quick ride to Cahersiveen where you’ll spend the night.

Day 7

After breakfast, you’ll take a private transfer to Killarney and catch the regular train service to Dublin.

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To offer a tailored cycling experience in the stunning west of Ireland… to promote the joy of cycling and the benefits of cycling tourism to the local communities along the Wild Atlantic Way… to do so in a manner which is respectful of the unique heritage, environment and culture of the Wild Atlantic Way.

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