Dingle Skellig Family / Leisure Cycling Routes 4k & 18k

Travelling to the Dingle Skellig Hotel with a  car load of kids, bikes and bags you will happily discover that all of your possible needs will be catered for. With a predominantly car free quayside loop, where everyone can watch local fisherman unload the days catch, before cycling along to a harbour look-out point to keep watch for Fungi the Dolphin, there will be smiles all-round.

 

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Two fishing trawlers leaving Dingle Harbour heading out to sea
Harbour Wall bike path
Harbour Wall bike path
Fishermen busy getting set for the day ahead
Fishermen busy at work

 

Younger kids will probably be happy to cycle on back to the ‘Fungi kids club’ in the hotel after this. But for teenagers with plenty of energy and not yet ready for the ‘Teen Klub’, or leisure cyclists looking to extend this short route they can pedal on down a few hundred meters beyond the harbour car-park, take the first exit from the small roundabout and within about three kilometres a left turn will bring you onto a very quite country road that provides a wonderful variety of sights.

 

Turn left up ahead in the direction of Slea Head
Turn left up ahead in the direction of Slea Head

 

Passing through coastal woodland vegetation, on the way to the fabulous sea view, there are many other captivating sights to take in. A small ancient graveyard where an old Chapel remains, then on to the entrance to Eask Tower, all the while watching farmers going about their daily work, milking cows and rearing sheep in the most picturesque of settings. Even though this is a dead end, the spectacular view across the bay to Dingle Harbour and the Dingle Skellig Hotel itself are well worth the trip out on the bike.

 

Ancient Chapel on the hill
Ancient Chapel on the hill
The entrance to Eask Tower €2 admission fee
The entrance to Eask Tower €2 admission fee

 

The view back across the bay
The view back across the bay

 

If you are out there early enough you might even bump into this Cockrell as he makes the announcement to all in the bay below that the time has come to awake from their slumber.

 

Dingle bay alarm clock
Dingle bay alarm clock

 

After an early morning cycle, you can look forward to the renowned buffet breakfast. This you can enjoy whilst looking back out across the bay to where you have already been, whilst planning the rest of your day ahead.

 

Dingle Skellig Breakfast table view across the bay to Eask Tower
Dingle Skellig Breakfast table view across the bay to Eask Tower

 

Dingle Skellig Cold Buffett breakfast. There's a hot one too !
The Dingle Skellig Cold Buffett breakfast. There is also a hot one, if you still have space !

 

The families bikes will be safe in the secure Bicycle Storage room.

 

Safe and secure bike storage room
Safe and secure bike storage room

 

Here you will find maps to both routes and below you will find files that can be imported to Garmin GPS devices or smartphone apps.

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Garmin 4k route file : HERE

Mapmyride 4k route file : HERE

Strava 4k route file : HERE

Garmin 18k route file : HERE

Mapmyride 18k route file : HERE

Strava 18k route file : HERE

This is also a video clip of the 4k route to give you a taste of what cycling at the Dingle Skellig Hotel is like.

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Barry

www.thecyclingblog.com

 

 

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