From Tralee to the seaside and some local history!
The Nitty Gritty:
Distance: 36 km
Height gain: 218 metres
Details: Heading out of Tralee, take the R558 all the way to Fenit. Just 1 short climb to worry about on this 10 km section of the cycle taking in a good bit of Tralee Bay.
After taking in the sea air take the road back out of Fenit and take a left at the old Lighthouse motel (top of the hill). From here the road takes a good few twists and turns and a couple of short hills. The steep one brings you to Churchill.
From here take a left and free wheel down the hill towards Barrow harbour and over the small bridge.
Keep the harbour to your left and proceed towards Tralee Golf Club. Here you encounter and very steep and testing hill. Once at the top you are at the entrance to Tralee Golf Club (a great place for a lunch with fantastic views). There is also an option to actually cycle a path through the golf course and explore the wonderful Barrow beach.
From the golf club head back down the steep hill and take the first left before the causeway/bridge. Head up the road and swing right. Here the road is very straight with fine views of Sliabh Mish Mountains to your right. At the T junction take a left. The road twists and turns before entering the historical village of Ardfert.
Options here to eat and visit the ruins of St Brendans Cathederal.
Take a right on the R551 in the direction of Tralee, here you can just follow this road and in 8 km you’ll be back in Tralee.
I like to take a detour at the garage on the left. So take the left turn at the garage and follow the road past the school before coming to a cross roads. From here take a right and cycling through North Kerry farm land and you’ll eventually meet up again with the R551. Take a left, head down the hill, follow the road around to the left, past Ballyroe Hotel and within 4 km you’ll be back in Tralee.
Experience: Despite the sunshine this was the day when I felt our Indian summer coming to an end. A real bite in the air as I cycled west towards Fenit.
I cycle right into Fenit and along the pier. The village was quite quiet and the makereel fishing frenzy from the previous weeks was finished.
The rest of the cycle was pretty uneventful. Lovely day and scenery as usual, but it’s a ride I’ve done many a time. Still great though. The hill to Tralee Golf Club gets the blood pumping as ever.
After that it’s enjoy the decent and pedal away to Ardfert and back home. Nice way to spent a couple of hours.