Cycling Routes from Tralee

Tralee is the capital and county town of County Kerry and sits to the northern side at the gateway to the Dingle Peninsula. It is famous for the for the Rose of Tralee International Festival which has been held annually in August since 1959. It’s location near the Sliabh Mish Mountains as well as the large network of roads that connect it with all corners of the county make it an ideal location for cycling.

Route 1: Cycling Paths and Country Lanes – A spin around Tralee

Tralee won’t disappoint you! Dig a little below the surface and the area around Kerry’s capital town offers traffic free cycle/walking paths, historical buildings, quiet country lanes and delicious coffee and cake stops. Join us for a short and very doable cycle around Tralee and it’s hinterlands.

Cycling along Tralee's Canal

Cycling along Tralee’s Canal

Distance 19km
Starting Point Tralee Town Park, The Ashe Memorial Hall
Fitness Required Level 2 (See here for our guide to fitness levels)
Bicycle Type Any bicycle for this route
Surface Paved surface
Safety Concerns Some of this route, particularly along the cycle/walking paths, will be busy with walkers and other cyclists so exercise caution. Also be mindful of traffic in and around Tralee town center and Blennerville. Although relatively flat the route does have very slight inclines around the Ballyard area. Exercise caution if cycling with youngsters or inexperienced cyclists as the route does include a share of public highways. We’d advise only children above the age of 12 to cycle this route and accompanied with an adult. Always wear your cycling helmet!

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Route 2: Kerry Head

Tralee won’t disappoint you! Dig a little below the surface and the area around Kerry’s capital town offers traffic free cycle/walking paths, historical buildings, quiet country lanes and delicious coffee and cake stops. Join us for a short and very doable cycle around Tralee and it’s hinterlands.

Kerry Head - Views towards Loop head and Ballybunion

Kerry Head – Views towards Loop head and Ballybunion

Distance 48km
Elevation 280m
Starting Point Anywhere in Tralee 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 Road between Tralee to Ardfert to Ballyheigue (R551) can be quite busy at times. Those of a nervous disposition when it comes to traffic can begin the loop in Ballyheigue itself.

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