Kerry Biking

O’Shea’s Cycles
O’Shea’s Cycles are Rent-a-Bike agents. Cycle sales, service and repair are offered. They offer a key cutting service, while there is a toy centre on the premises also.

The Kerry Head Cycleway
Distance: 18 kilometres
Terrain: A mix of flat and hilly countryside. Low gears recommended.
Traffic: Traffic is normally very light along this route.

If you want to captivate the ruggedness and isolation of this spectacular coastline, you will not be disappointed with a trip around Kerry Head and Maulin Mountain.

The cycleway, which is signposted all the way from Ballyheigue, departs along the steep hill overlooking Ballyheigue Bay, with its crashing waves where many a ship has foundered. As you climb to the top, the westerly prevailing Atlantic wind can be a challenge to the most experienced cyclist so don’t be afraid to dismount and walk. Soon the road levels out for a gentler but undulating ride back to Ballyheigue.

It is worth stopping at various points along the route to enjoy the views, where the Atlantic Ocean stretches to the horizon. Gradually the route turns inland along the edge of the mountain and finally enters the town of Ballyheigue by the local golf course and the castle, built in the early 1800’s, which is now a ruin.

O’Sullivan’s Rent a Bike
This Killarney-based Rent-a-Bike agent offer daily and weekly rates. They deal with both adult and child bicycles, locks, child seats and panniers. A free guide map is available.

The Dingle Peninsula Cycle Route
The Dingle Peninsula Cycle Route is a route that takes you through this most beautiful scenic area. This part of County Kerry has a very rich historical and archaeological heritage. The estimated length of the route is 142km (88 miles).

Please note that this is not an official route, and is not sign posted as a cycling route, or mapped.

(1) – Castlemaine to Dingle – 46km (29 miles)
1km main roads, 45km other roads.
Elevation Range 10m-175m.
Discovery Sheets 70, 71.

(2) – Dingle-Ventry- Dunquin-Ballyferriter-Murreagh-Dingle – 38km (24 miles)
1km main roads, 37km other roads.
Elevation Range sea level-125m.
Discovery Sheets 70, 71.

(3) – Dingle town-Conor Pass-Castlegregory- to N70 south of
Tralee-Castlemaine – 58km (36 miles)
24km main road, 34 km other roads.
Elevation range 400m-50m.
Discovery Sheets 70, 71.

Paddy’s Rent-a-Bike
Paddy’s Rent-a-Bike in the centre of Dingle town has a large range of quality bikes for rent, by the day, week or longer.

All bikes are serviced. Choose from mountain bikes or hybrid/trekking bikes. Children’s bikes are also available.

Each bicycle is supplied with a lock and pump. Helmets and pannier bags are also available on request.

The Ring of Kerry Cycle Route
The Ring of Kerry Cycle Route passes through some of the most beautiful countryside to be found in all of Ireland. It is an area known throughout the world for its archaeological treasures, breathtaking 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.

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. Remember that some sections of the route are high and exposed. Even in the summer months please take note of the weather forecast and take suitable clothing and supplies.

This exciting route is divided into seven sections. The route starts in Killarney but of course you can join the route at any point.

(1) – Killarney to Kenmare – 42km (26 miles)
13km main road, 29km other roads.
Elevation range 50m -200m.
Discovery Series Sheet 78.

(2) – Kenmare to Sneem – 30km (19miles)
13km main road, 17km other roads.
Elevation range 60m- 150m.
Discovery Sheets 78, 84.

(3) – Sneem to Waterville – 35km (22 miles)
28km on main road, 7km other roads.
Elevation range 70m-200m.
Discovery Sheet 84.

(4) – Waterville to Portmagee – 29km (18 miles)
3km main road, 26km other roads.
Elevation range 50-250m.
Discovery Sheet 83

(5) – Portmagee to Caherciveen via Valentia Island – 16km (10 miles).
1km main road, 15km other roads.
Elevation range Sea level – 90m.
Discovery Sheet 83.

(6) – Cahersiveen to Killorglin – 42km (26 miles)
10km main road, 32km other roads.
Elevation range 50m-100m.
Discovery Sheets 78, 83.

(7) – Killorglin to Killarney – 22km (14miles).
6km main road, 16km other roads.
Elevation range 20m -50m.
Discovery Sheet 78

Fenit Cycleway
Distance: 26 kilometres
Terrain: Flat scenic route
Traffic: Traffic can be very light to moderate along this route.

This Cycleway contrasts the diverse nature of touring along the Fenit peninsula with panoramic views of Tralee Bay and the quiet rural landscape of the area.

The Fenit Cycleway departs Tralee along the R551, but shortly after leaving the town, the route quickly branches left to the coastal RS58 in the direction of Spa and the bustling port village of Fenit. Here you will find a mixture of commercial and leisure craft. This is also an ideal place to take on-board refreshments and enjoy a pleasant stroll along the pier.

To get back on route after leaving the harbour, you must retrace your steps for 1km. approx. until you reach the signpost for “”Fenit Cycleway””, directing cyclists left and through a network of country roads, until you arrive at Ardfert. This hedge-lined road moves away from the coastline and is relatively traffic-free. At Ardfert you must take a right turn on to the R551 and your destination, Tralee, which is only a gentle ride away.

Gap of Dunloe Cycle Route
From Killarney town centre cycle to Ross Castle and take the magnificent boat trip across the lakes to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. The trip takes in beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and of the Meeting of the Waters and Ladies View. From Lord Brandon’s Cottage cycle through the Gap to Kate Kearney’s Cottage and return to Killarney via the N72.

Kerry Electric Bike Tours
Electric Bike Hire and Guided Electric Bike Tours offer the following tours:
Tour 1 – Killarney Central, The Lakes, Ross Castle and Muckross Park
Tour 2 – The Gap of Dunloe by Electric Bike and by Boat
As you like it.. Hire an Electric Bike and Easy Go with your instincts. Cycle to the sea, windsurf, picnic etc…. Kerry Electric Bike Tours are happy to help you with directions and routes.

Kerry Electric Bike Tours offers a unique way of discovering the charm and beauty of Killarney and West Kerry in an environmentally friendly and fundamentally healthy way. Kerry Electric Bike Tours will introduce you to the fascinating cultural history and the hidden majestic treasures of this special part of Ireland.

This is an exciting, vibrant and eco- friendly way to enjoy Killarney and its surroundings. The tours will be running all through the winter including Christmas Day and the Christmas Holidays.