Cycling in Kerry
County Kerry is located in the south west of Ireland in the Munster province. Dingle Peninsula’s tip is the most westerly point of Ireland and also Europe. With some of the most hilly terrain on Ireland, Kerry has two of Ireland’s three highest mountains, Carrauntoohil and Mount Brandon. You could take a nice bike ride on the Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula, or take a trip to see some fantastic natural scenery by the Lakes of Killarney which are found in Killarney National Park.
The Ring of Kerry Cycle Route is in an area known throughout the world for its archaeological treasures, breathtaking scenery and charming hospitality. The route travels along quiet country roads where possible and passes through all the main towns and villages along the way.
The entire journey is 216km (134 miles) with 74km of the route on the main road and 143km of the route on minor roads.
The route should ideally be cycled in a clockwise direction for safety and spread over a week in order to fully appreciate the relaxing atmosphere and magnificent variety of scenery. Cyclists should remember that some sections of the route are high and exposed and even in the summer months they should take note of the weather forecast and take suitable clothing and supplies.
The Ring of Kerry Cycle Route is divided into seven sections. The route starts in Killarney but of course it can be joined at any point.
(1) – Killarney to Kenmare – 42km (26 miles)
13km main road, 29km other roads.
Elevation range 50m -200m.
OSI Discovery Series Maps Sheet 78.
(2) – Kenmare to Sneem – 30km (19 miles)
13km main road, 17km other roads.
Elevation range 60m- 150m.
OSI Discovery Series Maps Sheets 78, 84.
(3) – Sneem to Waterville – 35km (22 miles)
28km on main road, 7km other roads.
Elevation range 70m-200m.
OSI Discovery Series Maps Sheet 84.
(4) – Waterville to Portmagee – 29km (18 miles)
3km main road, 26km other roads.
Elevation range 50-250m.
OSI Discovery Series Maps Sheet 83
(5) – Portmagee to Caherciveen via Valentia Island – 16km (10 miles).
1km main road, 15km other roads.
Elevation range Sea level – 90m.
OSI Discovery Series Maps Sheet 83.
(6) – Cahersiveen to Killorglin – 42km (26 miles)
10km main road, 32km other roads.
Elevation range 50m-100m.
OSI Discovery Series Maps Sheets 78, 83.
(7) – Killorglin to Killarney – 22km (14 miles).
6km main road, 16km other roads.
Elevation range 20m -50m.
OSI Discovery Series Maps Sheet 78
Certainly over the last couple of months the cyclist has gotten a bit of a raw deal from mother nature. What with the likes of Barney, Desmond, Frank and a whole host of their relatives queueing up in the Atlantic to give us a pounding, they have had to wait patiently by the fire side for a break in this relentless wet and windy weather.
Kerry Crusaders CC was formed in 2012 and is based in north Kerry with over 60 members at present. They are a leisure cycling club who participate in numerous sportives and charity cycles throughout the year. For our own sportive the “Scenic Challenge”, this year they had international charity “Orbis” as their benefactor.