Gap of Dunloe and The Black Valley
I’ve been meaning to post up details of this cycle for a long time and cycling it recently has finally given me incentive to do so. This 34 Mile/ 54 K route is very difficult on the legs for for the cyclist with a sense of adventure you will not be disappointed by one of the most scenic and beautiul parts of Ireland.
The cycle leaves Killarney and heads out the Killorglin road for approximately 3 miles where you take a left road that is signposted for the Gap of Dunloe and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
From here the road narrows considerably and this is the Gap of Dunloe, known as the Gap for obvious reasons as it lies in a valley inbetween two mountains of the Macgillycuddy Reeks. This is where the real cycle begins and is almost like a journey to historic Ireland, little or no traffic except the odd horse and cart, little in the way of Telephone wires and offers lots of peace and quite. The road here is undulating and meanders both up and down and left and right which can hurt the legs on ascent and free you on descents. This is the general situation with the roads for approximately another 13 miles and includes a very difficult steep section with reaches 14.6% in some places, but the route is worth it, try to conserve some energy here you will need it for later.
The fact that I said you are cycling in a valley, you might have guessed this means that there are two climbs. The second is Molls Gap but an alternative route on it’s ascent which climbs very quickly over a shorter distance than the traditional ascent. There is a sign post 16 miles in the cycle, take it, the alternative will lead you into Kenmare the extend the cycle. After turning left the ascent begins immediately but is achieveble.
Arriving at Molls gap will be the beginning of the descent (mostly) into Killarney for some welcome freewheeling and scenery some of which will include a look down on alot of the area you were cycling up to now.
|Distance:||34 miles, 54K|
|Elevation:||+ 2946/ – 2946ft|
|Max Gradient:||14.6 %|
Wow! This spin has to be one of my favourite of all times. I can’t believe I have only cycled it recently for the first time; I have been missing out. A word of warning this course is very technical and road surface is not 100% in some places, make sure tyres are in good condition. Alot of this route is remote, make sure to to have food and water so as not to be caught short in the valley itself. Most importantly, enjoy!