The MacGillycuddy Reeks

Cycle Ring of Kerry – Killarney to Waterville

Distance: 62km
Climbing: 528m

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This tour is an alternate to the main road if you want to cycle the Ring of Kerry, going down the beautiful, deserted roads of the interior of the Iveagh Peninsula. This is one of the remotest parts of the country. You can add on a climb to Ballaghbeama Gap if you have the time.

You leave Killarney and ride past Lough Acoose and Glencar before the short climb to Ballaghasheen Pass. Then you turn on to a narrower road and ride down to Waterville on the coast. You can make a two-day trip out of this and return by our Waterville to Killarney route.


There are ogham stones a short distance from the turnoff to the Gap of Dunloe.

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

Carrauntohill is Ireland’s highest mountain and this tour has fine views of it.

Ballaghbeama Gap – a short detour from the main route will bring you to the narrowest of passes between two hills.

Ballaghasheen Pass is located right in the centre of the peninsula.

Cycle Ring of Kerry – Useful Info

This takes you down the centre of the peninsula in preference to the main road along the north coast of the peninsula. This takes you away from a lot of traffic, while still seeing great countryside.

Once you turn off the road at Fossa after about 7 kilometres the entire rest of the route is on backroads.

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

Waterville to Killarney



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