The Gap of Dunloe

Cycle Gap of Dunloe Loop

Distance: 55km
Climbing: 580m

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A loop through a beautiful part of the country from one its most popular tourist towns. Half is on roads that can be almost empty. It includes two difficult climbs but the last 23km is mostly flat or downhill. One of the country’s outstanding rides.

The magnificent Gap of Dunloe is one of Kerry’s most famous views. The side you climb is quite long, with flat sections punctuated by short, steep ramps.

Attractions

Ogham Stones – These stones are just a short diversion off the route.

The Gap of Dunloe – a popular, quiet pass along a narrow road through a glaciated valley.

The Black Valley – a 10km detour into a valley so remote it wasn’t connected to the electrical grid until 1976.

Moll’s Gap – There is a cafe and gift shop at this junction with amazing views between Killarney, Kenmare and Sneem.

Kissane Sheep Farm – In the summer you can see sheap shearing and sheepdog demonstrations. Call 064 663479 for times.

Ladies’ View – terrific views of the Lakes of Killarney.

Torc Waterfall – This waterfall is just a minute’s walk from the road.

Muckross House – The jewel of Killarney National Park lies on the run in to the town.

Cycle Gap of Dunloe Loop Useful Info

The start and end of thie route are on N roads. The return to Killarney is on a narrow road (considering it’s a main road) which may have plenty of traffic but much of it is downhill.

Bus Eireann runs buses from Killarney to Tralee, Cork and Waterford.

Irish Rail has trains from Killarney to Tralee, Cork and Dublin.

Useful Links

Bus Eireann

Irish Rail

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