Tralee, Fenit, Banna, Ardfert cycling loop.

Posted: May 25, 2015 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0
Under: Routes

Seaside, hidden country lanes and history!

Starting from The “Capital of Kerry” Tralee, let yourself drift into bygone times on this exciting and varied route.


Fenit Harbour

Enjoy the Atlantic coast line, the quiet country lanes, the rich medieval history around Ardfert, outstanding countryside and clear sea air.

Route Map

Route Facts:
38.6 Km
24 Miles
Starting Town
Spa (moderate hill)
Churchill (Short but steepish hill)
Towns en Route
6 out of 10
Area of Kerry
North Kerry


This route is tarmac surface the whole way around. Generally the road surface is in good condition with just the odd few metres around the Banna area being quite bumpy.

The actual terrain is a nice mix of small hills, gently rolling slopes and flat road surface.
This route is doable on anything from a road bike to a mountain bike.

Road to Banna

The moderate climb out of Spa

Route description

Tralee-Fenit 12.5 km

Road to Fenit

The road to Fenit

This route leaves Tralee via “the backdoor” along Spa Road and through the picturesque Kerries area. You join up with the R558 (Tralee-Fenit road) near the village of Spa. A very moderate climb out of Spa gives you fine views of Fenit, Tralee bay and the Sliabh Mish mountains. You can then follow the “flat coast road” through Kilfenora and into the fishing port of Fenit.

Fenit-Banna 14.5 km


Carrahane near Banna

On leaving Fenit you take a left, passing the over the old railway bridge and on to some much quieter roads. Here the countryside is moderately hilly to rolling. Along the way you pass by Churchill, sweep around Barrow harbour before joining a small part of the “North Kerry Way” which takes you past an old castle, the back of the Banna Beach sand dunes the Roger Casement Memorial, before entering Banna Beach via the carpark.

Banna-Tralee 15 km

Ardfert Cathedral

From Banna you cycle in land before reaching the historic village of Ardfert. The village is steeped in history, with it’s Medieval Cathedral, Abbey and links to St. Brendan the navigator. By taking a left at the petrol station, you navigate quieter way back to Tralee, linking up with the line road through to Abbeydorney. By taking a left the road will bring you back on to the R551 above Ballyroe and a nice steady, but flat cycle back into Tralee.


The route out of Tralee can be quite busy during morning and early evenings. The Fenit-Tralee road is never overly busy. The roads out from Fenit to Banna and Ardfert are very quiet barring the odd bit of local and farming traffic. The main Ardfert-Tralee road has a steady stream of traffic but isn’t too bad.


Tralee can cater for all your needs with various types of a accommodation, restaurants, fast food and pubs.

On route there are pubs and restaurants as well as shops in Fenit and Ardfert, with Banna offering fast food during the summer.

Public toilets are available in Tralee, Fenit and Banna.

Cycle hire

Bicycle hire is available in Tralee.


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