5 Great Route Ideas from Killarney

Here are some of our favourite routes from Killarney ranging from a cycle suited to all members of the family and up to the Ring of Kerry Cycle, which at 170Km is amongst the most challenging and famous in the county.

We have also authored a cycling guide book with 31 routes detailed for County Kerry. You can find out more information about this guide book at www.kerrycyclingguidebook.com.

Route 1: Killarney, Muckross, Dinis Cottage and and National Park Loop

A family-friendly Cycle with scenery galore.

Distance Height Gain
25 km 240 m

Much of this cycle is off of the main road and meanders throughout Killarney National Park and out towards Dinis Cottage. It is accessible throughout the entire year but beware that it will be quite busy with pedestrians during the summer. The Dinis Cottage Loop is only allowed to be cycled one way so be sure to follow the map and signposted directions. There are ample opportunities to rent bikes in Killarney town itself.

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Route 2: Killarney to the Gap of Dunloe, The Black Valley and back to Killarney via Molls Gap and Ladies View

Kerry at its best and most scenic with little or no traffic: not to be missed.

Distance Height Gain
56 km 787 m

The Gap of Dunloe and the Black Valley are among the most renowned areas for tourists in Kerry and with good reason. The glacial landscape appears timeless and for the most part untouched by modern life. The majority of the route is on quiet roads with little traffic and ample opportunity to soak up the surrounds, including views of Lakes of Killarney, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Purple Mountain, Ladies View and Muckross Park.

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Route 3: Killarney and Glenflesk Loop

A good opportunity to explore the countryside around Killarney.

Distance Height Gain
35 km 288 m

This is a fantastic loop for someone looking for a cycle a little away from the tourist traps and gives a fantastic variety of terrain and countryside for a relatively short cycle.

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Route 4: Killarney and Killorglin Loop

A good loop from Killarney that goes through the historic and scenic town of Killorglin

Distance Height Gain
42 km 216 m

This cycle is relatively flat and travels from Killarney through the serene village Beaufort, onto the town of Killorglin which has a large cycling history and an optional challenging hill to cycle up through the center of the town. The town itself is very cycling friendly and has many popular cafes and places to eat. The route then returns to Killarney.

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Route 5: Ring of Kerry

Arguably the best-known route in Kerry, and with good reason

Distance Height Gain
170 km 1700 m

This is possibly the best-known cycling route in Kerry, mainly due to the charity cycle that attracts thousands of cyclists each July to the area. The good news is that the route is open for the other 364 days of the year and can be done over a few days, or the more challenging one-day cycle. It offers varied and picturesque scenery along a route that really comes into its own between Glenbeigh and Sneem, mainly thanks to the Coomakista Pass and the sparkling views of the Atlantic Ocean, Deenish Island, Waterville and the Derrynane coastline.

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