Cycling is the cheapest and most enjoyable way to get around Killarney and see all of the amazing landscapes and sights our wonderful town has to offer. If you are an experienced biker or just want to give it a go, keep reading for our pick of the best cycle routes in and around Killarney for you to try. 

Killarney National Park (distance varies)

One of Ireland's biggest and most beautiful attractions, Killarney National Park has so much to see including streams, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, beautiful oak forests and horse trails. The park itself is 100kms squared so there are plenty of routes to choose from varying from long and hard to easy. We would advise mapping out your route carefully before you begin. The unbelievable scenery along the way will make any cycling pains worthwhile, we promise! You can also take a guided tour at Muckross House to learn some history while you’re there.

Killarney Demesne, Ross Castle, Muckross and Dinis loop (27kms non-stop)

This fantastic route takes in all of the sights of the National Park and a lot of the other historical and natural landmarks in Killarney. You can cycle it all at once but we recommend making stops at all four landmarks, take good rest and plenty of pictures. During this cycle you will pass more than just the four stops, you will see:

  • St Mary’s Cathedral
  • Killarney Demesne
  • Ross Castle
  • Muckross Abbey
  • Muckross House and Gardens 
  • Brickeen Bridge
  • Dinis Cottage
  • Torc Waterfall

The Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley (56kms)

 The Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley are two of Killarney’s most visited spots and once you get there you’ll soon see why. Starting anywhere in Killarney Town Centre, take the road toward the Ring of Kerry and follow signs for Gap Road which will soon lead you onwards through the valley. You will need to be careful at all times as the tracks can be busy with tourists and it’s easy to be distracted by the stunning surroundings.

The Ring of Kerry (171kms) 

One of the most popular cycling routes in Kerry and all of Ireland too, the Ring of Kerry is a massive undertaking. It can be enjoyed as a full day cycle or at a slightly more leisurely pace over a couple of days. Each year on the first Saturday in July, thousands of cyclists of varying ages and levels of experience gather together to take on this huge journey for charity. The roads are open year-round but you will need to be careful as you share the road with cars, buses and plenty of other cyclists. The trip takes in the entire looped route in all of its glory with plenty of stops along the way for refreshments, food and service stops. 

There are many bike rental shops in Killarney if you would like to experience the beauty of our surroundings on two wheels. The Cahernane House Hotel even has a couple of bikes available for guests to use at their leisure. If you would like to find out more about the hotel or to book your Killarney break with us, check out the special offers tab for our best available rates. 

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