Slea Head Cycle Loop Directions
0 to 10km
Head west from the marina. Turn left at the roundabout that you reach. It’s signed Slea Head Drive. Follow the R559 [5km marker] all the way to Ventry.
The road goes past a sandy beach. Stay on the main road through several bends and you will see the museum on your left, clearly signed.
Continue on the R559.
10 – 20km
The R559 reaches the coast. When you reach a large car park you can see Dunbeg Fort down by the sea.
Continue on the R559 [15km marker] and you will reach Slea Head beside a statue of Jesus on the Cross. There are great views of Great Blasket Island from the high coast road.
You pass a left turn that goes down to a beach below the cliffs. Continue north, and 1.5km later take the next left down a narrow road. Take the first right. From the car park here you can walk down to the much-photographed Dunquin Pier.
20 – 30km
Continue the way you were going and you reach the centre of Dunquin. When you reach a t-junction with the main road, turn right, and then take the first left and start the climb up the hill. There are great views from the top.
You drop steeply down the other side and take the first left turn. Follow this road [25km marker] for 4km to Ballyferriter. When you reach the t-junction in the village, turn right.
You leave Ballyferriter and go through several bends.
30 – 40km
Then you cycle along a 1.2km straight. Soon after, you take the left turn signed Slea Head Drive and Gallarus. After a long straight the main road bends left and Gallarus Oratory is on the right, a short distance away.
Continue the way you were going before you turned off for Gallarus and take the first left, in Murreagh. Then [35km marker] turn right when you reach a t-junction. Follow this road for 2.0km, with great views across the bay. Turn left when you reach a t-junction, with Mount Brandon straight ahead.
The road gets closer to the coast and you see The Old Pier on your left. Continue on. Soon the road bends sharply left and then sharply right. Take the next left at a small green, signed Slea Head Drive and Brandon Creek.
40 – 50km
Follow his road all the way until you reach a crossroads where the main road bends right.
Go left and it is a short distance to Brandon Creek. Return [45km marker] the same way.
Continue on the way you were going
Keep straight. The third left is signed Mount Brandon, and leads to the most popular route up the mountain. But you go straight on. You reach a t-junction, where you turn left, and then go up a small climb.