Tag Archives: Killarney

Cycle Gap of Dunloe Loop

The Gap of Dunloe

A loop through a beautiful part of the country from one its most popular tourist towns. Half is on roads that can be almost empty. It includes two difficult climbs but the last 23km is mostly flat or downhill. One of the country’s outstanding rides.

The magnificent Gap of Dunloe is one of Kerry’s most famous views.

Distance: 55km
Climbing: 580m
Difficulty: average

Cycle Killarney National Park Loop

Killarney National Park

This easy cycle goes through the best of Killarney National Park – much of it is on narrow but well-paved traffic-free paths. You will share it with walkers and horses, so it might be a little slow, but it is so beautiful around here that you are unlikely to mind.

This is an extremely popular place to rent a bike and cycle around.

Distance: 28km
Climbing: 196m
Difficulty: easy

Ring of Kerry – Waterville to Killarney Cycle

Climbing the Gap of Dunloe from the Black Valley

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.

Distance: 90km
Climbing: 1040m
Difficulty: hard

Ballaghbeama Cycle Loop

Ballaghbeama Gap

This tour takes you out into one of the remotest parts of Kerry before returning over the wonderful Gap of Dunloe.

You ride east from Killarney and head into the centre of the peninsula, where few tourists go. Much of the first half of this ride is spent with fantastic views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks.

Distance: 89km
Climbing: 809m
Difficulty: hard

Cycle Ring of Kerry – Killarney to Waterville

The MacGillycuddy Reeks

This tour is an alternate to the main road if you want to Cycle Ring of Kerry, going down the beautiful, deserted roads of the interior of the Iveagh Peninsula.

This is one of the remotest parts of the country. You can add on a climb to Ballaghbeama Gap if you have the time.

Distance: 62km
Climbing: 528m
Difficulty: average

Glengarriff to Killarney Cycle

The road to Adrigole

This fantastic cycle trip starts in the lovely town of Glengerriff passes over the remarkable Healy Pass in the Beara Peninsula before going through Kenmare. Then you go north past Moll’s Gap and through the popular Gap of Dunloe before a short run-in to Killarney.

There is an optional detour through the beautiful Inchiquin Valley.

Distance: 94km
Climbing: 1281m
Difficulty: very hard