Kilmallock Friary

Lough Gur Cycle Loop

Distance: 66km
Climbing: 226m

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An easy looped ride on flat roads through North Cork and Limerick, passing Kilmallock Friary and the beautiful setting of Lough Gur, with its stone circles and megalithic tombs and which has been inhabited for thousands of years.

Despite the flat profile of the route, numerous mountain ranges to the north and the south can be seen while cycling in this area.

This area is greatly overlooked by most tourists but has plenty to offer and some fine heritage sites in particular.

There is an official signed route which uses some of the same roads as this one.

This route is the perfect challenge for those who don’t want a particularly hard challenge.

Lough Gur is a lovely sight and a great location for a picnic. At least factor in some time to spend there if it is a sunny day.


Kilmallock Friary was built in 1291 and has a rich history. It was sacked by Cromwellian forces in 1648.

The Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Paul is near Kilmallock Priory and is over 700 years old. It’s cemetery has the stations of the cross on it’s boundary walls.

Lough Gur is one of the oldest inhabited settlements in Ireland, being home to pre-Celtic settlers 5,500 years ago. A visitor centre was built there in 1980.

Grange Stone Circle is the largest in Ireland.

Lough Gur Cycle Loop Useful Info

The vast majority of this route is on quiet backroads.

Kilmallock is only a few kilometres into the route and has numerous attractions.

Irish Rail runs several trains a day from Dublin Heuston to Cork which stop at Charleville. The majority of trains don’t stop in the town, so be careful if this is how you get there. Charleville train station is almost two kilometres from the centre of Charleville.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Irish Rail’s bicycle policies



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