‘Cycle Ireland’ describes the Sheep’s Head Cycle Route on the Sheep’s Head peninsula as ‘the perfect cycling destination.’
The Sheep’s Head peninsula’s roads are quiet and peaceful even at the height of summer. The Sheep’s Head Way Cycle Route starts at Ballylickey, outside Bantry, before taking you down onto the peninsula itself. It ends in Roaringwater Bay, near Ballydehob on the Mizen peninsula to the south of the Sheep’s Head.
The signposted route is 120 kilometres long and travels down the northern side of the Sheep’s Head peninsula giving you spectacular views over Bantry Bay and the Beara peninsula. At Tooreen you’ll reach the end of the road on the Sheep’s Head, and it’s a good idea to stop at Bernie’s Cupán Tae for tea and a bite to eat.
You’ll cycle back to Durrus, on the south side of the peninsula this time, with views over Dunmanus Bay and the Mizen peninsula. After reaching Durrus, turn right and ride on to Ballydehob.
Bike Hire on the Sheep’s Head Way
If you’re not travelling with a bike, you can arrange bike hire from Cycle West Cork and have either a traditional bike or an electric bike delivered to your accommodation or your point of departure.
You’ll find that there are bike racks installed at Tooreen, at the end of the Sheep’s Head peninsula, at the Black Gate trailhead near Kilcrohane, and at The Goat’s Path trailhead on the peninsula’s north side.