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Glengarriff to Killarney Cycle Directions

Section 1

0 to 10km

From Glengariff take the R572 west, signposted Castletownbere. It will slowly climb uphill [5km marker]. Once you reach the top after about 7km, there is a flat section. Soon after, take the first right turn, marked Lackavane. If traffic is quiet you can continue to Adrigole on the R572, but the road narrows and becomes less pleasant.

This quiet backroad makes a good alternative to the R572.

Section 2

10 – 20km

After 3km, take the first right turn, which goes up a short hill. When this road bends left at a house, take the right turn [15km marker]. Go up a hill and when you descend the other side and pass the ruin of Massmount Church, go straight through the crossroads, and ignore the next left turn to emerge back on to the R572. Turn right and Adrigole is around the corner.

Adrigole itself is tiny. After crossing the bridge, take a right, signposted Healy Pass, Kenmare and Lauragh. It is a gentle 7km uphill to the top of the Healy Pass.

Section 3

20 – 30km

The descent [25km marker] on the other side is steeper.

Section 4

30 – 40km

At the bottom, at the first t-junction you reach is An Sibin Pub in Laragh.

Take a right at the t-junction. Almost immediatelely, go through the R571 at crossroads. Take the quieter road straight ahead to save a couple of kilometres and get great views. The road goes uphill for 2 kilometres.

After descending the other side you go through three crossroads in quick succession. Stay straight [35km marker]. Turn right when you finally reach a t-junction and you will emerge back on the R571 at Clonee. Take a left, signposted Kenmare. A kilometre on, there is a crossroads. The right turn is signposted Gleninchiquin Park.

Optional detour to Gleninchiquin Waterfall

11km return

Minimal climbing

This follows a quiet boreen along three lakes to the beautiful Gleninchaquin Park. There are several hikes of varying lengths available there. Return the same way.

If not going to Gleninchiquin, keep straight for Kenmare.

Section 5

40 – 50km

Stay on the R571 [45km marker] until you reach a t-junction with the N71.

Section 6

50 – 60km

Take a left across the bridge for Kenmare, which is only 1km away. Go straight at the mini-roundabout down Henry Street and through the town to the main square.

Keep straight on the N71 and follow the signs for Killarney. It is a gentle climb [55km marker] up to Moll’s Gap

Section 7

60 – 70km

When you reach the t-junction at Moll’s Gap at the top of the pass, instead of following the signs for Killarney, take a left for Sneem for a quieter and more spectacular route. Around the corner, take the first right turn, following the sign for the Black Valley Hostel. A steep descent follows [65km marker]. Take a right at the bottom when you reach the t-junction. After a short fllat section, the road twists up and down on its way to the Black Valley.

Section 8

70 – 80km

Ignore two turnoffs to the right and keep straight. After the road begins to climb upward again, take the right which is signposted the Gap of Dunloe.

Optional detour through the Black Valley

15km return

Climb 140m – Descend 140m

From here you can take a right and cycle the 5km or so into the Black Valley before returning the same way. The road ends at a farmhouse before a short hike uphill to a lake. If you have the legs, it’s highly recommended.

It’s an easy climb [75km marker] up to the Gap of Dunloe, and a fun descent on the other side. The view back over the Black Valley as you climb is outstanding.

Section 9

80 – 90km

You pass Kate Kearney’s Pub after cycling past several lakes.

Continue north from Kate Kearney’s. Take the first right and stay on the road as it swerves right, then left [85km marker]. Ignore the turnoffs and you will emerge on the N72.

Take a right to go through Fossa.

Section 10

90 – 94km

Ride the few kilometres to the Ballydowney Roundabout (the first roundabout). Take the 3rd exit.

Follow Port Road and keep straight past the chuch, following the sign for Kenmare. The road curves left to Kenmare Place. There, take a left for Cork, and the turnoff for the train station will soon be on the right just before you reach the friary at the roundabout.