Cycling Routes from Killarney

Killarney, also known as Beauty’s Home, is a very scenic and popular town in County Kerry. It is famous for it’s hospitality as well as the beautiful setting it is located in with some of the attractions including Muckross Gardens and the National Park, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Purple Mountain, Mangerton Mountain, the Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall.

Here are our top 3 cycling routes from Killarney ranging from a 27 Kilometer family friendly cycle around Muckross and the National Park to the 170 Kilometer Ring of Kerry, which is one of the most famous cycles in the island of Ireland.

Route 1: Killarney Demesne, Ross Castle, Muckross and Dinis Loop

This is the go to cycling route for anyone wanting to explore the sights of Killarney including Ross Castle, Muckross House & Gardens, Brickeen Bridge, Dinis Cottage and Torc Waterfall. It contains a total of 27km of a cycle that you can cycle all together or you can take parts of it if you wish to shorten the journey. Much of this cycle is away from motor traffic and in amongst the labyrinth and network of trails that scatter around the Killarney National Park. Be sure to stop and enjoy the view on this one, and don’t forget to take loads of photographs, this route will be staying with you for quite some time.

Enjoying the views and a nice break at Ross Castle

Enjoying the views and a nice break at Ross Castle

Distance 27km
Elevation 160m
Starting Point Anywhere in Killarney town center
Fitness Required Level 2 (See here for our guide to fitness levels)
Bicycle Type Any, but a hybrid or racing bike is recommended.
Surface Paved surface
Safety Concerns Some of this route, particularly around Muckross House and Gardens, will be busy with walkers and other cyclists so exercise caution. Also be mindful of traffic in and around Killarney town center. A section of this route from the entrance to Dinis Cottage back towards Torc Waterfall is along the main N71 so maybe if travelling with young children or uncertain cyclists, it is might be best to stick to the Killarney Demense, Ross Castle and Muckross House without travelling to Dinis Cottage.

Click here for a full details of this route including an interactive map and directions.


Route 2: The Gap of Dunloe and the Black Valley

 

Cycling the Gap of Dunloe

Distance 56km
Distance 630m
Starting Point Anywhere in Killarney town center
Fitness Required Level 2/3 (See here for our guide to fitness levels)
Bicycle Type Any, but a hybrid or racing bike is recommended.
Surface Paved surface
Safety Concerns The Gap of Dunloe is popular with tourists and can be busy with Horse and Carriage Tours beginning from Kate Kearney’s Cottage and onwards. The descent From Moll’s Gap down to Muckross is on a windy narrow road and it’s too easy to get distracted by the scenery ahead so be sure to take care.

Click here for a full details of this route including an interactive map and directions.


Route 3: The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is the most spoken about cycle route in the country of Ireland and beyond. It has gained popularity due to the annual Ring of Kerry event hosted on the first Saturday of July each year. The event attracts thousands of cyclists with varying abilities who come to enjoy the scenery and the challenge.

However it is important to remember that the roads around the Ring of Kerry are open 365 days per year and with many people actually enjoying cycling the route over multiple days. The route and it’s side roads can be a more serene adventure to cycle away from the large crowds.

Looking over O’ Carroll’s Cove from, between Waterville and Sneem along the Ring of Kerry

Stats

 

Distance 171km
Elevation 1560m
Starting Point Anywhere in Killarney town center
Fitness Required Level 2/3 (See here for our guide to fitness levels)
Bicycle Type Any, but a hybrid or racing bike is recommended.
Surface Paved surface
Safety Concerns The Ring of Kerry is a very popular route for tourists to drive on and in high season is regularly busy with cars and tour buses. Some descents, particularly toward the end of the Ring, from Moll’s Gap to Killarney can also be busy with traffic on narrow and twisting roads, so just take your time and let the freehub do it’s job :)

Click here for a full details of this route including an interactive map and directions.


Check out our Kerry Cycling Guide Book