Ring of Kerry – Waterville to Killarney Cycle Directions
0 to 10km
From the car park in Waterville, turn right and head south on the N70. As you leave the town you cross a bridge and then take the first right – a narrow gap between two houses. You will be on the N70 for a long time today, so this is an opportunity to take a back road for a short while.
After you pass above a small beach, take the first left uphill, which is almost a hairpin turn. Go right when you reach the N70 at the top. It’s a steady [5km marker] 4.1km cycle to the top of the pass, with amazing views.
Ride downhill from the top of the pass for 2.6km.
10 – 20km
Take the second right on the descent, on a straight section of road after the sea is out of your view. It is at right angles to the road and goes steeply downhill. Take the first, very sharp, left on the way down.
Further on, you see the sign for Derrynane House, if you want to visit. Continue the way you are going. There is a sign for on ogham stone just off the road on the right side. Ignore any left turns and you end up in Caherdaniel. Go right on the N70 at the t-junction there.
This section [15km marker] stays on the N70 (it’s the only option) the whole way to Sneem as it goes thorough some beautiful countryside along Kenmare Bay.
30 – 40km
Continue on the N70 towards Sneem [35km marker].
Turn left in Sneem on the R568 for Moll’s Gap. You cycle out into barren country with some lovely views of the mountains.
40 – 50km
Keep cycling on this road [45km marker] You pass the third left turn after 12.8km, and very quickly come to a crossroads. Take the left turn here which appears to be going nowhere. It is not signed.
50 – 60km
This road is very quiet, and after a while it passes a lake. Stay on the main road as it begins to climb at the lake. You then climb up [55km marker] over a scenic pass. Go down the other side and when you reach a right turn by a wood you are at Gearhasallagh.
60 – 70km
After a short flat section, the road twists up and down on its way to the Black Valley [65km marker]. 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 – 140m climbing###
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 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.
70 – 80km
After descending [75km marker], you reach Kate Kearney’s Cottage Pub.
Continue north from Kate Kearney’s. Tak the first right and stay on the road as it swerves right, then left.
80 – 90km
Ignore the turnoffs and you will emerge on the N72. Take a right to go through Fossa. It is 5.1km [85km marker] to the Ballydowney Roundabout (the first roundabout you reach). Take the 3rd exit (it’s on the right as you approach).
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.