There are so many scenic cycling routes to choose from in killarney and county kerry. whether you are a beginner looking for a short journey or a more experienced cyclist looking to test your limits, there is an option for all ages and abilities during your stay in killarney. set against the stunning backdrop of the kingdom you won't regret a day out on your bike in county kerry.

Killarney Cycling Route 1

Route 1

 Starting at The Gleneagle Complex on the outskirts of Killarney, this route will take you past some of Killarney’s most well-known sites and landmarks. Your first stop is at Muckross Abbey, one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in Killarney National Park. Next is Muckross Traditional Farms, if you have time to spare, it is worth a wander around the three separate working farms from the 1930s and 1940s which provide an exciting representation of the life and farming styles of the times. The renowned Muckross House and Gardens also features on this route, sitting on the shores of Muckross Lake, the house and gardens are truly stunning. Finally, rest your legs and take a pitstop to experience the breathtaking beauty and enchanting cascades of Torc Waterfall in Killarney before completing the loop.


Killarney Cycling Route 2

Route 2

This loop will lead you around the picturesque Muckross Lake, taking in a wealth of stunning scenery along the journey. Firstly, Muckross Abbey which is in a fine state of preservation, visitors are welcome to enter the Abbey and explore the enchanted grounds here that the monks once walked. Brickeen Bridge is a hidden gem on your cycling route, meaning “bridge of the little trout”, it is located under Torc Mountain on Lough Leane, and marks the conjoining of the middle and lower Lakes of Killarney. Overlooking the middle lake, Dinis is the perfect place to stop off for a break and some refreshments during your cycle. Behind the cottage you will find a magnificent view of the Meeting of the Waters, where Killarney’s three lakes unite. Old Weir Bridge, located at the Meeting of the Waters, is believed to date back to the 16th century, it is one of Killarney’s oldest structures and has seen thousands of visitors pass over and under its famous arches for many hundreds of years. Torc Waterfall is simply enchanting, cool down and experience the magical cascading waterfall, a few minutes from the main road. Next up is Muckross House and Gardens, right on the shore of Muckross Lake, make sure to stop off and venture in to the stunning walled gardens. Finally, Muckross Traditional Farm, a stroll around the farms gives a true insight in to the lives that were lived there during the 1930’s and 1940’s, it is a unique experience which can be enjoyed by both young and old.


Killarney Cycling Route 3

Route 3

This route is perfect for all the family, cycle along the shores of the Lakes of Killarney and breathe in the stunning surroundings. Killarney House and Gardens is your first stop, the house and gardens offer a quiet sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of Killarney town, and amplify Killarney’s natural beauty offering visitors breathtaking views of Killarney’s lakes and rugged mountains. A short distance away is Deenagh Cottage, a beautiful thatched cottage located in Killarney National Park, just inside the entrance gates opposite St. Mary’s Cathedral. It dates back to 1834, built beside the River Deenagh. Today it operates as a tea room and is run by Down Syndrome Ireland, offering hot drinks and sweet treats. Knockreer Estate is not open to the public but the gardens outside host breathtaking views of the lakes and mountains of Killarney National Park.  The original gardens are home to a variety of sweet wildflowers and azaleas, as well as 200 year old trees. The final stop on your route is one of Killarney’s most popular tourist attractions, Ross Castle. The castle itself sits on a picturesque lake, Lough Leane, and is one of Killarney’s most peaceful spots. Dismount your bike and tour the castle and walls of the tower, which was built in the late 15th century. The lakes and surrounding mountains are simply breathtaking and there is a wealth of stunning scenery surrounding the castle, be sure to allow yourself time to fully take in the tranquil surroundings.

Killarney Cycling Route 4

Route 4

This route is a little longer but takes in an abundance of the beauty and magnificent scenery Killarney has to offer. Cycle the shores of the largest of the Lakes of Killarney, Lough Leane and take in many spectacular sites and landmarks along the way. Tour Ross Castle along the way, walk around the outer walls and meander through the gardens, enjoying views of the surrounding lake from a number of vantage points. Take a picture with the cannons poised on the battlements and soak up the stunning view of the lake and its islands. Take a glimpse of Muckross Estate, dating back to the 17th Century, most of the house has been preserved as a late 19th century mansion, with furniture and artefacts from that period, while many exotic trees and shrubs flourish in the gardens, including an impressive collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, an outstanding rock garden on a natural rock outcrop and beautiful tree-fringed lawns. Take a slight detour to visit Torc Waterfall, a magnificent cascading waterfall standing at 20 metres high and 110 metres long on the outskirts of Killarney town. There is so much to take in on this route around Killarney, it is certainly worth the extra distance. 

Killarney Cycling Route 5

Route 5

Here we have a cycling route for more experiences cyclists, this route brings you along the infamous Ring of Kerry. Make sure to pack plenty of snacks, water and suncream as this cycle will take up much of the day. Starting your journey in the beautiful Killarney, you will then make your way to Killorglin, a town famous for having a goat as its King during their annual Puck Fair festival in August. Next is the quaint little village of Glenbeigh, home to the wonderful Rossbeigh Beach, an unspoilt, golden, Blue Flag Beach.  The perfect stop to refresh, enjoy some fresh, sea air and stretch your legs before continuing on your journey. You will then continue along to South Kerry, where you can take in views of the infamous Skellig Islands, amazing oratories and beehive huts seen on Skellig Michael were built by early Christian monks in the 6th century and are still standing to this day. If you are lucky enough to plan a visit in the summer months, you will be welcomed by thousands of stunning Puffin Birds perched on the islands. Continuing on through Sneem and Kenmare, breathe in the fresh air and all the stunning scenery that South Kerry has on offer. On your way back to Killarney, this route takes you via the Moll’s Gap, boasting some of the most dramatic views on the Ring of Kerry route, including the ultimate view of the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. Ladies View is a viewing spot hosting panoramic views of the Gap of Dunloe, the Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy Reeks, situated only 19km from Killarney, it is the perfect stop for a photo, with breathtaking views on the winding roads leading you there. As you near Killarney you will reach Torc Waterfall, it is well worth making a stop to experience the enchanting cascades of this 20m high and 110m long waterfall. Journey back in to Killarney, past the 17th Century Muckross Estate and arrive at Killarney National Park. Truly the gem of Killarney, spanning over 26,000 acres, it is Ireland’s oldest National Park. It is home to Ross Castle, The Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House and Gardens, Muckross Abbey and Torc Waterfall to name just a few spots. The perfect end to your cycle.

Killarney Cycling Route 6

Route 6

This route takes you to wonderful West Kerry. Slea Head is one of Ireland’s most famous driving and cycling routes, boasting beautiful scenery and stunning views, narrow and winding roads give way to magnificent sights along the coastline. Dunmore Head is one of the most westerly points in Europe. It is a true haven of serenity, stunning and natural, the location promises breathtaking views of the ocean, the Blasket Islands and the surrounding cliffs. Admire miles of undulating coastline, and captivating scenery of the Dingle Peninsula. Try spotting a dolphin poking out from the clear blue ocean below, and marvel at the wildflowers dotted along the Dunmore Head Loop. Gallarus Oratory is believed to have been built between the 7th and 8th century, it is the most well preserved early Christian Church in Ireland, constructed entirely out of locally sourced stone, using techniques first developed by Neolithic tomb makers, it’s often referred to as resembling an upturned boat. According to local legend, if a person climbs out of the oratory via the window, their soul will be cleansed. This is, however, physically impossible, because the window is approximately 18cm in length and 12cm in width. The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland, providing the most dramatic way of entering or leaving Dingle. It is also one of the most famous and challenging climbs for cyclists in Ireland. Set in the scenic mountains of the Dingle peninsula, the views are breathtaking, as the glaciated landscape of mountains and corrie lakes comes into view. From the scenic car park at the summit there are views as far north as the Aran Islands off County Galway. Leaving Dingle, you will soon arrive at Camp Village, situated on the seaward end of Glen Fas and lying west of the Slieve Mish mountain range. The upper village brings you along the mountain road to Annascaul, a vibrant, cultured village located in the southern foothills of the Slieve Mish mountains, with stunning mountain, river, lake, glaciated valleys and sea views.