Mallow to Ballyvourney Cycle

Distance: 70km
Climbing: 1145m

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This is a short but tough spin starting in Mallow around the Boggeragh Mountains of North Cork on the way to Ballyvourney near the Cork – Kerry border.

The area is superb for cycling – quiet and hilly with great views across the region. This is a quiet part of the country, with little traffic and overlooked by tourists.

It culminates with the option to tackle one of the highest climbs in Ireland, the steep ramp up to the TV mast at Mullaghanish.

With 24 bends and a good surface, it is a test for any cyclist. You finish in the small town of Ballyvourney. You continue to with our Ballyvourney to Glengarriff ride.


The Butter Road – This climb over the Boggeragh Mountains was long ago used by Millstreet and Kerry farmers to transport their goods to Cork, being the most direct route between Tralee and Kerry. Kerrymen called it the Butter Road, Corkmen called it the Kerry Road.

Knocknakilla Stone Circle – There is a large standing stone and a ring cairn beside the remains of this stone circle.

Mullaghanish is one of the highest roads in the country and leads up to a TV mast.

Mallow to Ballyvourney Cycle Useful Info

After the first few kilometres on an N road with a good shoulder, most of the route is on backroads until you reach the finish at Ballyvourney on the main Cork – Dublin road.

Trains from Cork to Dublin run every hour and many stop at Mallow. Check Irish Rail for details.

Buses on the Rosslare/Waterford/Cork/Killarney/Tralee route stop in Ballyvourney. See Bus Eireann for details.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Bus Eireann

Ballyvourney to Glengarriff



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