Today's ride heads inland on narrow lanes passing the shores of Lake Caragh with it's mountainous back drop before continuing on to Killorglin. Killorglin sits on the banks of the River Laune and is famous for it's annual Puck Fair. Legend has is that, while English Roundheads were pillaging the countryside, a goat (puck) broke away from it’s herd and arrived in Kilorglin, alerting inhabitants of the imminent danger. This fair, now the oldest in Ireland, was then created in the goat’s honour.
Leaving Killorglin you now head towards Beaufort following a lovely, long, flat road for over 10km. The views of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range are incredible as they rise up from the pan flat fields. On the far side of Beaufort you pass the road leading to the Gap of Dunloe, a famous mountain pass, and continue on to Killarney.
Not far from the end of the ride join a wonderful, shady, cyclepath winding through Killarney National Park, Killarney House & Gardens then on to the centre of Killarney town itself.
Tip van de auteur
If you're looking for live traditional folk music there is a huge selection of pubs around Killarney.
Sinking a couple of pints of Guinness in Charlie Foley's on New Street is also a great post ride activity. Remember, "Guinness keeps you strong!"
The route is largely on quiet country lanes but it does pass through a couple of towns and covers short sections of main road. Be mindful of the traffic at these points as it may be fast moving, most road users are respectful of cyclists and will give you plenty of room as they pass.
Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.
Tips en hints
Food and Drink
There is a store in Glenbeigh as well as a deli, your accommodation can also supply you with a packed lunch for the day. En route you pass through Killorglin which has a selection of stores, pubs and cafes to choose from. If you find yourself getting hungry or thirsty towards the end of the route then Beaufort has three pubs plus a store, and of course your destination Killarney has a lot of choice.
Points of interest
MacGillycuddy's Reeks Mountains
The MacGillycuddy's Reeks range extend for just under 20km in length and include Ireland's highest peak Carrauntoohil which stands at 1,039m. The strange name for this mountain range dates back to the 18th century when it was taken from the Mac Giolla Mochuda clan, anglicised to MacGillycuddy. The clan chief, McGillycuddy of the Reeks, owned land in this part of Kerry for a long time prior, and continued to do so until the end of the 20th century.
Nowadays experienced mountain walkers take on the challenge of crossing it's 11 peaks, with almost 200m of ascent, via knife edge ridges and exposed rock faces.
Killarney Brewing Company
Killarney Brewing Company is an independent, small batch, craft beer brewery located just a stones throw from your accommodation and a 5-minute walk from the town centre. Housed in the old Killarney Mineral Water drinks facility they have a tap-room (bar) right infront of the brewing room floor so you can see the Head Brewer and his team hard at work. They currently have 6 beers on offer which are all named after local myths and legends plus 3 seasonal offerings. If you'd like a more indepth view into what is involved in the brewing process then, for €12, book yourself a spot on their tour commencing at 3pm. Open daily Tuesday to Saturday from 2pm and Sunday from 4pm.