Category Archives: North Kerry

cycling route in north kerry

Winter cycling at its best

Posted: November 22, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Tralee-Castleisland-Scartaglin-Firies-Ballyfinnane-Tralee The Nitty Gritty: Route: Tralee-Castleisland-Scartaglin-Firies-Ballyfinnane-Tralee Distance: 68km Height gain: 327 metres Difficulty: 5/10 Details: One of the nice things about club and group cycling is the mix of abilities and characters that can come together on a ride. A compact group of ten headed away from The Meadowlands, Tralee on the N 21 towards Castleisland. With a gentle breeze at our backs and and the sun threatening to shine things were looking good. So what [...]

Typical Winter training spin

Posted: November 21, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Tralee-Castleisland-Tralee The Nitty Gritty: Route: Tralee-Castleisland-Tralee Distance: 48km Height gain: 200 metres Difficulty: 4.5/10 Details: This cycle is a nice fast no fuss spin from Tralee to Castleisland and back along the N21. Over the years a good few of the Tralee Clubs take on this route for winter, especially in the dark cold nights as it's on a good road with a hard shoulder, well lit in places, flatish, as well as making  good time over a good distance. On our little Thursday morning group spin we took [...]

Soaked to the skin

Posted: November 13, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Tralee-Fenit-Barrow-Banna-Ardfert-Tralee The Nitty Gritty: Route: Tralee-Fenit-Barrow-Banna-Ardfert-Tralee Distance: 38 km Height gain: 146 metres Difficulty: 5.5/10 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. 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 [...]

Old fashioned Kerry

Posted: November 8, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

A morning spinning around the countryside of North Kerry The Nitty Gritty: Route: Tralee-Kerryhead-Ballyduff-Lerrig-Ardfert-Tralee Distance: 78 km Height gain: 505  metres Difficulty:  6/10 Details:  Take the R551 out of Tralee passing through Ardfert and then into the centre of seaside town Ballyheigue. Past the castle on the right and keep the ocean to your left, just keep on peddling. The road is delightfully twisting, the area rugged and sea bracing. There are a few average climbs but nothing too taxing. Kerryhead gives [...]

Puncture, Knocknagoshel, horses, smashed lights and rain

Posted: November 1, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Tralee-Dan Paddy Andy-Knocknagoshel-Castleisland-Tralee The Nitty Gritty: Route: Tralee-Kielduff-Dan Paddy Andy-Knocknagoshel-Castleisland Distance: 63 km Height gain: 515  metres Difficulty:  6.5/10 Details: Head away from Tralee to the North, towards the IT north campus. Cross the N69 roundabout and keep on this road, which is a steady climb through Kielduff towards the Tralee Landfill. The climb goes on for a good 5 km but is steady and the road is quiet. Eventually you pass the landfill entrance and drop down to Dan Paddy Andy [...]