The Ring of Kerry

Arguably the best-known route in Kerry, and with good reason

Distance Height Gain
170 km 1,741 m

This is possibly the best-known cycling route in Kerry, mainly due to the charity cycle that attracts thousands of cyclists each July to the area. The good news is that the route is open for the other 364 days of the year and can be done over a few days, or the more challenging oneday cycle. It offers varied and picturesque scenery along a route that really comes into its own between Caherdaniel and Waterville, mainly thanks to the Coomakista Pass and the sparkling views of Deenish Island, Waterville and the Derrynane coastline.

Although it is more traditional to attempt this cycle in an anticlockwise direction around the Ring, this route goes the opposite way. The advantages of this include slightly quieter roads, as most of the tourist traffic follows the traditional route, different views and a flatter finish to the route, with the final testing climb coming just beyond the midway point.

Please note that sample routes on this site are only a short preview with much more detail covered in the book.