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Glenbeigh to Killarney

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Follow quiet country lanes, passing lakes, quaint villages and Ireland's highest mountain. Finishing with a shady cycleway through Killarney National Park.
Afstand 39,2 km
3:30 u
320 m
331 m
52 m
4 m

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!"

Profielfoto van: Robbie Thurley
Robbie Thurley
Laatste wijziging op: 10.07.2018
Hoogste punt
52 m
Laagste punt
4 m
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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.


Kerry Ocean Lodge, Glenbeigh (41 m)
OSI Grid
V 67729 91360
52.058910, -9.929234
52°03'32.1"N 9°55'45.2"W
29U 436291 5767997
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Abbey Lodge, Killarney


0.00 km – With Kerry Ocean Lodge to your back, TURN RIGHT and follow the main road away from Glenbeigh.

1.40 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the main road and follow a small lane sign posted for ‘St Finian’s Holy Well’.

1.90 km – TURN LEFT at the split in the lane. On your right are the lower slopes of Seefin Mountain (546m).

4.00 km – TURN LEFT at the junction as you now follow the road around Caragh Lake.

5.00km – TURN RIGHT at the junction, not long after crossing the bridge over the Caragh River.

8.00 km – At the cross roads BEAR LEFT to follow the sign for ‘Killorglin’.

9.70 km – TURN LEFT at the junction.

11.50 km – A short distance after passing the stables TURN RIGHT at the junction.

13.10 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction to join the main road into Killorglin.

13.90 km – STRAIGHT OVER the mini roundabout, following the sign for ‘Killarney’.

14.10 km – Continue to follow the road as it BEARS RIGHT past the church.

14.40 km – At the cross roads continue STRAIGHT ON to follow the sign for ‘Beaufort’. Follow this lovely flat road for the next 12km. There are great views on your right of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range with Carrauntoohil (1,039m) at it’s centre, the highest mountain in Ireland.

25.20 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON through the village town of Beaufort.

26.50 km – TURN RIGHT at the T-Junction.

27.90 km – BEAR LEFT after crossing the small stone bridge over The Loe River.

28.20 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the junction. On your right you will see the start of the famous ‘Gap of Dunloe’ mountain pass.

29.00 km – Continue following the road as it BEARS LEFT.

31.50 km – At the T-Junction TURN RIGHT to join the main road towards Killarney. Take care here as there can be a lot of fast moving traffic.

33.10 km – TURN RIGHT just opposite the pub to leave the main road and join the cycleway to Killarney. Be careful not to miss the turn as it’s just a small gap in the wall.

35.40 km – TURN RIGHT then immediately LEFT following the signs for ‘Killarney’.

37.70 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction to pass a thatched roof cottage on your right. Then after 50m TURN LEFT.

37.90 km – At the iron gates continue on the trail as it BEARS RIGHT.

38.20 km – Now passing through the grounds of Killarney House Gardens.

38.80 km – Go through the iron gates then TURN RIGHT to join Muckross Road. Your accommodation for the night is another 100m down the road on the left hand side.


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OSI Grid
V 67729 91360
52.058910, -9.929234
52°03'32.1"N 9°55'45.2"W
29U 436291 5767997
Toon op de kaart
Aankomst met de trein, auto, te voet of met de fiets


Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer.  Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge of any navigation unit you may decide to use.

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39,2 km
3:30 u
320 m
331 m
Hoogste punt
52 m
Laagste punt
4 m
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