Category Archives: Routes

Outer Tralee Cycle Route

Posted: May 10, 2020 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

This route takes you out from the centre of County Kerry's capital town Tralee, on an outer lap of the surrounding area, all within a 5km radius of the town centre. Farmers Bridge Distance: 45 km | Nearest town: Tralee | Route type: Mainly country lanes Terrain: Mixed | On/Off road: On road | Start/Finish: Tralee | Route shape: Circular Route Description Leaving Tralee on the R551 in the direction of Ardfert cycle just beyond Ballyroe hotel before a left turn that takes in the first climb of the day up the Slieve road to Scrahan [...]

The Maum

Posted: August 2, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 1

This gruelling climb is infamous to cyclists throughout the county and is a challenge to even the most battle hardened. In the past this climb has been a part of the Rás Tailteann and FBD Milk Rás leaving participants with no shortage of adjectives to describe Castleisland and it's hinterlands. Although relatively short, with it’s summit being only 5 km from central Castleisland it certainly packs a punch. This climb has two very steep sections, both at either ends with a mid section that levels out somewhat. This middle section is welcome [...]

Short Mountain (S-N)

Posted: July 29, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 1

Make no question about it! This climb is up there with the best of them in Kerry or even the country as a whole. Certainly from a Kerry perspective, the Priest's Leap and Coomanaspic are the 2 standout climbs combining length and gradient that might edge this "short cut" to Tralee. The thing I like about this climb is the fact that it keeps it surprises hidden. It doesn't have the mind numbing drag of the Conor Pass from Dingle that offers an agonising glimpse of the summit and road ahead for the full climb. True, if you know where to look [...]

Short Mountain (N-S)

Posted: July 13, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1

A climb of legend and only braved by those who have excess energy or lacking in common sense, Short Mountain from the north to south approach is quite the challenge although dubbed as being much easier than the south to north approach (a story for another day). The benign adjective 'short' sounds like a rather fluffy term that can only lead to the perception that this climb "can't be too bad" but anyone who has done it will know better, unfortunately "short" when it comes to climbs in Kerry does not always mean sweet. This climb was twice recently [...]

Farmers Bridge (S-N)

Posted: June 21, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

This climb is the middle triplet when cycling between Castlemaine and Tralee, it is more difficult that the Curraghmore climb along the main N70 road, both being far less difficult than the towering Short Mountain climb, with it's masts being visible for miles around on either side of the Sliabh Mish mountains. Begin in the village crossroads of Ballyfinnane, made famous by the Shanty Bar and the upside down man in a barrel adjacent to it. It is almost as if he saw something frightful many moons ago and ducked for cover, he is still [...]