5 day tour of the South West Ireland 500

Not wanting to let them Scots fellas behind the NC500 have it all their own way I spent a lot of time putting together a 500 mile touring route around the 5 peninsulas of South West Ireland; the SWI500. This part of the world is just as beautiful, just as rugged, just as remote (in places) but definitely less congested than the NC500 can be and of course its the beautiful west of Ireland with it's temperate, gulf stream warmed climate, and, it's part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Now there is some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel I've resurrected the tour I had to cancel last year. It’s a 6 night, 5 day tour, all of which you can do without having to cart all your luggage around as we return to the same base each evening.

The itinerary is as follows:

Sun 5th September - arrive in Kenmare, Co. Kerry, staying at the Kenmare Bay Hotel for the week. This hotel has been chosen for a variety of reasons;
- safe off street parking for the bikes at the front of the hotel,
- within walking distance (10 mins) of Kenmare town centre,
- it has an indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, beauty and therapy treatment rooms all available FOC to guests.
- the food is good and the breakfasts are copious.
Sunday evening we eat together in the hotel - a kind of get to know everyone meal.
Mon 6th Sept - we head south, over the Cork & Kerry mountains (made famous by ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, Thin Lizzie and the Dubliners) via the Caha Pass to tour the Mizen & Sheepshead peninsulas
Tues 7th Sept - tour the Beara peninsula, traversing the Healy Pass
Wed 8th Sept - tour the Iveagh (Ring of Kerry) peninsula, with a variety of routes at our disposal
Thurs 9th Sept - free day - relax and explore Kenmare or suggested routes can be provided if you want to ride out.
Fri 10th Sept - tour the Dingle peninsula, taking in the Slea Head Drive and the Connor Pass
Sat 11th Sept - depart.

The tour is designed to provide relaxed touring days, no early starts, we’ll be leaving around 10am each day, no late returns and with several stops for photos, coffee/tea breaks and food; you even have me, a blow-in local, on hand each day to assist and guide.

Rooms have been booked on a B&B basis with the inclusion of a group 'get to know everyone' supper on the Sunday night. Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri nights people are free to do what they want and there are plenty of good bars and restaurants, of all standards, in Kenmare.

Costs : £790 per person on a single occupancy basis, if you’re bringing a partner then let me know as the cost/person will be less.

6 nights accommodation
6 breakfasts
1 evening meal
Dedicated parking outside the hotel (don't worry this is very low crime area, your bike will be safe)
Assistance of me as tour guide
Maps and route guidance instructions.

Not included:
Getting to and from Kenmare, although help, guidance and assistance with routes & ferries can be provided.
Tea/Coffee/Drinks/Lunch during the day
Evening meals on each of Mon-Fri
Travel insurance
Breakdown insurance


£250/person deposit required when making the booking
Full balance due no later than 31st July 2021
In the event you have to pull out before 31st July you will receive a full refund of the £250 deposit
In the event you have to pull out after the 31st July deposits and any balance paid will only be refunded if your space can be re-sold.

There are 6 places available so don’t delay.

West Cork Paul

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How's it going chaps ?
I thought I posted after Friday’s ride out🤔 in fact am sure I did 😡.

Anyway Rob didn’t want to ride my bike as it was too dirty snd covered in too much sheep shit 🙁


but we went here like this

then :


Druid’s View



Schull Harbour


Schull Harbour




Druid’s view (again)






Mizen Head


Sheep’s Head got a cuppa


Sheep’s Head


View from Priest’s Leap when it’s not cloudy 👍


The top of Priest’s Lesp


Beauty and the Beasts.


1305km trip over the 5 days in beautiful weather and with stunning scenery 👍

Y’all don’t know what you missed.


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Think it finished on Friday :unsure: no news from Rob as Helga sank the ferry on the way back 🤷‍♂️

Stayed over in Portadown last night. :) What is it about Norhtern Irish wimmin types and that accent. 🥰

P&O decided to delay the ferry today by an hour (apparently they sent me an e-mail a month ago, but I never read it) 🤷‍♂️ Then I forgot about the Great North Run today, and the roads I was taking were closed, which meant I never got back till around 6.30pm. :(

Helga was so light 🎈 that they actually made me strap her down on the boat 🚢 in case she floated away. :rolleyes:
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I wonder if a fender extender that would normally fit on the bottom of the front mudguard, could be found so it attached to your rear hugger to extend the protection from the road shit?

West Cork Paul

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I wonder if a fender extender that would normally fit on the bottom of the front mudguard, could be found so it attached to your rear hugger to extend the protection from the road shit?
Presently looking into solutions for front & rear. Front’s easy, rear not so readily available🙁, yet.