Climbing the Gap of Dunloe from the Black Valley

Ring of Kerry – Waterville to Killarney Cycle

Distance: 90km
Climbing: 1040m

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This route takes in one of the best parts of the Ring of Kerry – the Coomakista Pass.

Then you explore Derrynane and its sheltered beach. After a 20 kilometre section on the main road you head inland on quieter roads at Sneem and ending in Killarney after passing through the Gap of Dunloe.

Combine this with the Killarney – Waterville ride to make a fantastic two-day trip.

Attractions

Coomakista Pass is one of the highlights of the Ring of Kerry.

Derrynane House is the former home of statesman Daniel o’Connell.

Derrynane Beach is sheltered, scenic and a short way off the road.

Staigue Stone Fort is one of the largest and most impressive of its kind in Ireland.

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. Seen on many a postcard.

There are ogham stones a short way off the route on the way to Killarney.

Ring of Kerry – Waterville to Killarney Useful Info

You start off on the main road before leaving it on the other side of the Coomakista Pass. You have another 20 kilometres on the N70 until Sneem, where you turn onto a quiet r road and then onto backroads until you reach the edge of Killarney.

Bus Eireann runs buses from Killarney to Tralee, Cork and Waterford.

Irish Rail has trains from Killarney to Tralee, Cork and Dublin.

Useful Links

Bus Eireann

Irish Rail

Killarney – Waterville

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