With some of Ireland’s most beautiful and untamed scenery, 400km of rugged coastline and enticingly peaceful roads, what better way to explore County Kerry than by bike. Kerry has it all for the avid road cyclist. Escape into vast and winding valleys, feel the fresh ocean breeze on your face and challenge yourself on some of the most breath-taking road climbs in Ireland.
Kerry is an ideal spot for a cycling holiday whether it's just to hire a bicycle for a day or to take part in the world-famous Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
Enjoy our helpful guide to some of Kerry's most popular cycling routes, and we've also included some great cycling events and bike hire options for you too, to take you from the Greenways to the highlands of Kerry!
Tralee to DingleBack to Top of List
Tralee to Dingle Cycling Route, Co. Kerry. The Tralee to Dingle Cycle route is a moderate to demanding 135km (full day or multiple day) cycle loop and is one of the more spectacular cycle routes in Ireland and on the Wild Atlantic Way. You can start in either Tralee or Dingle and it takes in the entire Dingle peninsula with a great figure of 8 loop which allows you to break up the route into multiple days or rest areas.
Enjoy stunning views of the Maharee Islands / Oileáin na Mhacaire, and Brandon Bay, all the while looking ahead to the majestic Brandon Mountain range. Take the rewarding Conor Pass mountain road (one of the highest in Ireland at over 400m) with breath-taking views at the top and one of the best free wheel descents from the top of Conor Pass into Dingle.
Ring of KerryBack to Top of List
The Ring of Kerry Cycle Route is in an area known throughout the world for its archaeological treasures, breath-taking 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.
A spectacular cycle around the world-famous Ring of Kerry which can be done in one long day best done in about seven stages to enjoy the scenery and experience the various towns, villages, attractions and stunning scenery along the way.
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 starts in Killarney but of course it can be joined at any point.
Did you know that every year, Kerry hosts the now famous Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Approximately six thousand cyclists come together every July to make a powerful difference to the lives of thousands of people in need across our local communities. Over the past 37 years, the charity has raised more than €17 million for 150 charity organisations through the annual support of participating cyclists and volunteers.
Dingle Peninsula / Corca DhuibhneBack to Top of List
From Dingle town / Daingean Uí Chúis travel around the Slea Head / Ceann Sléibhe coastline loop enjoying superb views and the power of the Wild Atlantic Way. Take the road passing Ventry Blue Flag Beach and onto the cliff top coastal road, passing numerous historical and archaeological sites before arriving at Slea Head - with stunning views of the Blasket Islands / Na Blascaodí and beautiful secluded beaches of Coumeenoole and Clogher. From here you are on your return journey passing Ballyferriter and Smerwick Harbour before returning to Dingle Town / Daingean Uí Chúis.
Killarney National Park (Family Friendly)Back to Top of List
This easy cycle route in Kerry is recommended as the best for families with children. This is a stress-free cycling route for anyone wanting to explore the sights of Killarney including St Mary’s Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, Muckross House & Gardens, Brickeen Bridge, Dinis Cottage and Torc Waterfall.
It contains a total of 27km cycle paths that you can cycle all together or you can take parts fay by day. Much of this cycle is away from motor traffic and in amongst the scenic attractions, lakes, gardens and trails that scatter around the Killarney National Park. Families visiting Kerry can easily spend a whole day walking or cycling in the Park. Or you could take a ride in one of the many traditional jaunting cars if you wanted to take a break along the way.
Ring of the ReeksBack to Top of List
The Ring of the Reeks cycling route is a demanding but beautiful 110km (full day) loop cycle on the rural roads surrounding Ireland's highest mountains, the MacGillicuddy Reeks near Killarney, Co. Kerry in the south west of Ireland and near the Wild Atlantic Way coastal scenic route.
The cycle route takes in some of the best scenery, great tourists’ attractions, rewarding climbs and some of the most remote countryside in Ireland. Much of the route is on rural roads with much less traffic than its busy neighbour, The Ring of Kerry, which makes the cycle journey very enjoyable.
The route takes in some of the best scenic tourist routes in Ireland, such as Moll’s Gap and Ballaghbeama Gap but on a bike you get to enjoy the views for longer.
Gap of Dunloe and Black ValleyBack to Top of List
This is strenuous but rewarding 56km (3 to 4 hour) loop cycle taking in the world-famous Gap of Dunloe, the remote and scenic Black Valley and the stunning views from Molls Gap, Killarney, Co Kerry and is considered one of the best and most scenic cycles in Ireland. Some roads on this route may be quiet but be aware of traffic at all times.
Take a scenic start by cycling into the National Park at any number of points around the town, including Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane. Your cycle will take you through the scenic Gap of Dunloe into the remote Black Valley.
Enjoy the peaceful narrow roads, soaking up the wild nature of the hidden valleys beneath the MacGillyCuddy's Reek Mountains which surround you.
Once at the top of Molls Gap you have a glorious cycle to Killarney the majority of which is downhill with scenic viewing of the Lakes of Killarney along the way, at Ladies View and other spots.
Ride Dingle (Annual Event)Back to Top of List
This cycle event takes place annually at the end of April. It offers both a 55km loop and a 120km route.
Starting in the picturesque fishing town of Dingle / Daingean Uí Chúis your journey will encompass some of the most dramatic sections of the Wild Atlantic way around the world famous Slea Head / Ceann Sléibhe.
Be prepared to be blown away by the rugged beauty of this cycle!