This section is at the heart of the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve – the only gold-tier reserve in the Northern Hemisphere where a lack of light pollution has resulted in pristine dark skies, where star constellations and planets can be seen with the naked eye. Beginning in the pretty coastal village of Waterville where Charlie Chaplin regularly visited and where there’s an annual festival and statue in his honour, the route then takes cyclists to Ballinskelligs, home to the world-renowned artists retreat of Cill Rialaig. A must-stop on the route is the little fishing village of Portmagee where boat trips to Skellig Michael can be arranged, depending on the time of year and weather conditions or for land-lubbers, the Skellig Experience brings to life the mystery of these famous islands. Valentia Island and the historic village of Knightstown is next on the route where, over 150 years ago, the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable was laid between Valentia Island and Heart’s Content in Newfoundland, Canada, connecting the old and new worlds and reduced the time to send a message across the oceans from weeks to minutes. The route then brings you to Cahersiveen – a rural town with lively cafes and shops selling artisan and locally produced goods which has a heritage centre located in an imposing historic building of the Old Barracks. A stop at Kells Bay House & Gardens offers visitors the chance to explore one of Europe’s premier horticultural experiences with a renowned collection of tree ferns and other exotic plants which thrive in the unique micro-climate offered in the area and which is also home to Ireland’s longest rope-bridge. Last but not least, the pretty seaside village of Glenbeigh and its long sandy Rossbeigh beach is an ideal location to refresh and relax any tired muscles.