Cycling in Killarney

We highly recommend that you hire bikes while in Killarney.  At a cyclists pace you’ll experience places car travellers will never know existed: hidden paths, ruins of old graves,  Abbeys, dirt paths.    On a bike, you can experience the smells from the hedgerows, listen to the birds and the wind whistling  through the trees and  feel the contour of the terrain beneath you. Seeing Killarney by bike will really make you feel that you are experiencing this beautiful place directly and not just passing through.  Also, of course the fact that you are being active during the day will give you an excuse to experience the pleasure of good food and drink in the evening

Our favourite bike routes are as follows:

Muckross House, Muckross Abbey and Torc Waterfall

You can cycle all the way to the above mentioned stops.  When you enter the National Park you will be met by the most iconic view of Killarney National Park.  There in front of you will be Loch Leane framed against a backdrop of the McGillycuddy Reeks

You can cycle all the way to the above mentioned stops. When you enter the National Park you will be met by the most iconic view of Killarney National Park. There in front of you will be Loch Leane framed against a backdrop of the McGillycuddy Reeks

Cycle on down the main path and soon Muckross Abbey will come into view on your left hand side. Diverge off the path and visit the Abbey.

Cycle on in the direction of Muckross House.  After Muckross House  cycle  in the direction of Muckross Lake  below the house.  Continue on until  your reach Torc Waterfall.There are lots of other tracks and trails you can explore off this main route

Cycle Ross Island

Ross Island is actually an island.  It is connected to the mainland by the man-made channel that flows under the bridge  you cross to get to Ross Castle. At Ross Castle you will be able to get a map showing you the various points of interest.  These will also be numbered.

Setting off from the Castle you soon see views of Lough Lane, Torc and Mangerton mountains through the trees . After you leave Ross Castle watch out for the ruins of Ross Cottage on your left hand side. It is reputed that the famous poet, Percy Shelley spent some months here in the 1860’s. When you see the signpost for Old Mining Trail go left to the lakeshore. This view here of Lough Leane with Mangerton and Torc Mountain as a backdrop is very beautiful.

This is the location of the Copper Mines. Across the path from this rocky shore you will see The Blue Hole. This is a flooded mining shaft. The presence of copper is in evidence in the blue green colour of the water.

When you go on a little further you will see the remnants of a dam on your left. This was an attempt to stop the mine shafts from flooding.

When you go on a little further you will see the remnants of a dam on your left. This was an attempt to stop the mine shafts from flooding.

Across from the dam you will see the ruins of what was once a Smelter.  The  proximity of the mines  to the lake shore meant they were constantly being flooded and why ultimately mining was discontinued in the 19th Century. 

 Cycle on to Governor’s Rock .  This is a viewing point perched on a limestone cliff face on the shores of Loch Leane.   The views here are spectacular.   To your left you can see  Loch Leane , Torc , Mangerton the McGillycuddy Reeks and  you can also Muckross Lake via  Bricin Bridge and even the tip of  Innisfallen Island.  It is thought that the reason for the name Governor’s Rock lies in the fact that this viewing point was most likely often viewed by the various Governors that inhabited Ross Castle over the years.  The viewing point is quite sheltered and there is a lovely wooden bench placed here for people to perhaps take a rest or have a little picnic as they bask  in this glorious view.

Library Point

This is a limestone rock which has been eroded at the water’s edge to form a pattern resembling books on a shelf. You can see  Innisfallen Island from here.   You can even catch a glimpse of the ruins of the 12h Century Augustinian Priory. 

Ross Island has a myriad of tracks and trails going off in all directions. It has 150 acres of the most gorgeous woodlands. It is full of amazing old Oak and Beech trees with enormous trunks. It is a beautiful cycle at any time of the year but it is particularly beautiful during spring when it is carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic and of course during Autumn when the leaves turn russet and gold.

Cycle The Fossa Way

This circular walk is popular with tourists and locals alike. This is a wonderful way to cycle through the National Park and observe some of its wildlife.The trail has a smooth gravel path throughout and is suitable for bicycles, buggies and strollers. On this trail you will experience wonderful mountain and lake views and you will have a very good chance of seeing some Red Deer. Directly across the road from the pub you will see the entrance to the Fossa Way.

Walk for about 15/20 minutes until you reach the gates of Killarney Golf Club (opposite Liebherr factory) Now you have a choice. You can go straight on or, what we like to do is take a right and go through the Golf Club.

Killarney Golf Club is located within Killarney National Park. Please stick to the pathways and observe the signs. Walk down towards the Golf Club and near the lakeshore you will see a paved road going to the left. Take this left.

Continue on this path until you eventually arrive at wrought iron gates.

At the left hand side of this gate there is a pedestrian walkthrough.

This will bring you through to the grounds of the Castlerosse Hotel . Cycle on and follow the path past a cottage and then you will the National Park.

Cycle straight on through the Park and you will finally come out at the gates opposite the Cathedral in Killarney .  

Cycle through the Gap of Dunloe

Dunloe View Killarney is a wonderful base in Beaufort, Killarney for Walkers of all abilities. Walking in this area is a truly magical experience given the stunning natural beauty of the place. There are endless walks and pathways that allow you to walk for hours. In addition, there are walks that suit all levels of fitness and ability. Below are some of our favourite walks to get you started.

You can see the Gap of Dunloe from the Apartment Sitting Room window. Cycling  throught this ancient glaciated valley with its five corrie lakes is a  highlight  you won’t want to miss. So, start at Kate Kearney’s Cottage.   Cycle to the top of the Gap and then making sure your brakes are working you can whiz back down the same route.    The distance  is 11km..