The road to Kilmichael

Bantry to Cork Cycle

Distance: 105km
Climbing: 761m

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This route is a great option to reach Cork City from beautiful West Cork – one of the finest areas of Ireland to cycle in.

You ride north from Bantry through hilly country. After Kealkill you climb the Pass of Keimaneigh and pass Gougane Barra.

Then you ride east past Ballingeary and Inchigeelagh, over the hills to the village of Beal na Blath. From there it is a flat run to Cork City.

You ride through Ballingeary, where our Balllingeary Loop route starts.

There are several small climbs on this route but the last 40 kilometres are reasonably flat.


Carriganass Castle in Kealkill – This 16th Century Tower House was built by Dermot O’Sullivan Bere who left Ireland with the Flight of The Earls.

Pass of Keimaneigh – This is a low pass on the R584 to Ballingeary which passes the site of a battle in 1822 at the top, where there is a monument now.

Gougane Barra was a popular mass spot when it was repressed by the British authorities in the 18th and 19th Centuries. There is a beautiful small church here today.

Beal na mBlath is the site of the ambush which killed revolutionary leader Michael Collins in 1922 during the Irish Civil War.

Bantry to Cork Cycle Useful Info

There shouldn’t be a lot of traffic on this route until you approach Ballincollig, near Cork City.

Bus Eireann has buses from Bantry to Cork.

Aircoach runs express coaches from Cork to Dublin and Dublin Airport.

Useful Links

Bus Eireann


Balllingeary Loop



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