Glengarriff to Killarney Cycle
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This fantastic cycle trip starts in the lovely town of Glengarriff and passes over the remarkable Healy Pass in the Beara Peninsula before going through Kenmare.
Then you go north past Moll’s Gap and through the popular Gap of Dunloe before a short run-in to Killarney. There is an optional detour through the beautiful Inchiquin Valley before reaching Kenmare.
Garinish Island in Glengarriff has many unusual plants and a restored Martello Tower. It is accessed by a very short ferry ride.
Bamboo Park has over thirty species of Bamboo and numerous other tropical plants.
The Healy Pass – This winding mountain road offers breathtaking views from the top. It was built in the 1930s.
Derreen Gardens (slightly off the route) covers more than 60 acres and contains plants from all over the world. It also has an abundance of wildlife.
Inchaquin Valley – There is a wonderful twisting road through this valley past several lakes. It ends at Gleninchaquin Park, which has several excellent hiking routes.
Uragh Stone Circle is on the way to Gleninchaquin Park, a short way off the route – it is signposted.
Kenmare – this pretty tourist town lying between several mountains is one of the most popular in Kerry.
Kenmare Stone circle is close to the town centre.
Moll’s Gap – There is a cafe and gift shop at this junction with amazing views between Killarney, Kenmare and Sneem.
The Black Valley – a 10km detour into a valley so remote it wasn’t connected to the electrical grid until 1976.
The Gap of Dunloe – a popular, quiet pass along a narrow road through a glaciated valley.
You have the option of a very short diversion to some ogham stones on the way in to Killarney.
Glengarriff to Killarney Cycle Useful Info
A significant portion of this route is on R roads and the section after Kenmare is on an N road. There can be plenty of traffic on this section and the part leading to Kenmare. If traffic concerns you, avoid summer weekends with good weather.
Bus Eireann runs a bus service from Cork to Glengarriff and also to Killarney.
Irish Rail runs train services from Killarney to Tralee, Cork and Dublin.