Gap of Dunloe from Tralee

Posted: October 25, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0
Under: Cycling, Mid Kerry

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The Nitty Gritty:

Route: Tralee-Milltown-Gap of Dunloe-Killorglin-Castlemaine-Tralee

Distance: 83km

Height gain: 700 metres

Difficulty: 5/10

Details: Leave Tralee in the direction of Killorglin on the N70. Just a few km’s outside Tralee you will be climbing for about 5 km. It’s a steady climb without any major hills, but still requires a certain level of fitness. Enjoy then a 5 km decent which is also gradual, followed by a relitively flat ride into Castlemaine.
Up the hill at Milltown
Turn right at the T junction which actually keeps you on the N70. It’s then a flat enough ride into Milltown with a good road surface. Follow the road round to the left on entering Milltown and then head straight up the hill on the R563. This is an alternative way to Killarney via Listry.

This road has a few hills and has an average enough surface. At the cross roads at Beahig Faha take the right turn for Beaufort. Be careful towards the end of this road as it takes a good drop in height as well as a few twists and turns coming out on the main Killarney-Killorglin road (N72).

Take a right then left over the bridge and into Beaufort. Keep cycling straight in the direction of Gap of Dunloe. This road is generally straight with just a slight veer off to the left for The Gap.
Gap of Dunloe coffee break
Once at the Gap of Dunloe you have a good choice of 2 cafes which are frequented by climbers, cyclists, jarvies and general tourists. Here you can get anything from a hot drink to 3 course meal.

Head back along the way you came until you enter Beaufort. Take a left at The Beaufort bar and cycle through the village in the direction of Beaufort golf course and Killorglin.

Here you have a fairly flat road in good condition and nicely quiet. Get the head down for about 12km. You will enter Killorglin. Take a right at the T junction away from the centre over the bridge. Left at the roundabout and out towards Milltown.

You are now on the N70 and is not a road in particularly good condition. It can be very

busy and is narrow. Caution advised! The good news is it’s only 7 km. Once in Milltown swing around to the left and follow the road to the right. You are now retracing your ride from earlier.

Left into Castlemaine, through the village and back over the mountain to Tralee.

Experience: Good crowd at the Meadowlands and all 26 had the same destination in mind. The weather looked a bit iffy but we played the wind well and only got a slight bit of rain near Milltown on the return.
Re-grouping at Killorglin
12 of us set out on what is a cross coutry way to the Gap. Little did I realise I’d be back up Castlemaine mountain so soon after Thursday. The group as a whole made easy enough work of it and re-grouped again in Castlemaine.

Around Listry we met 3 Tralee CC guys and stayed with them until we took a right towards Beaufort.

On reaching The Gap of Dunloe the coffee pot cafe was awash with Chain Gang cyclists. Yep all 26 here at the same time!
Pushing towards Dan Paddy Andy1
The cycle back to Killorglin saw us working our best as a group. Maybe the wind had something to do with that? In Killorglin we split into 2 groups for safety and got back together again around Castlemaine. The 3rd climb up that mountain went well enough and we got back to Tralee little after 1 pm. Nice mornings work!

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