If you wish to take the river trail straight away, take the first left after Deenagh Lodge, alternatively stay on the road until you meet a bridge and take a right; this leads you down the remainder of the river walk and around by the lakeshore. Take a right at the next junction which leads you to Ross Castle.
From here, your journey can be as long or as short as you wish with multiple routes to choose from. If you cycle out past Ross Castle, glorious views of the lake becomes visible through the trees; keep an eye out for a green pool on your right, which legend has it is bottomless. The copper mines are just up ahead, take the path leading to your left on the bend – you will have to dismount the bike to walk down to the mine. You will see sign-posted routes for Library Point and Gorverner’s Rock, both offer stunning views of the lakes and islands. These tracks become a little more wooded trail than the tarred surface.
Boat Tours are also available from Ross Castle to Innisfallen Island, the Gap of Dunloe or around Killarney’s Lakes.
Beginning from Killarney town centre, you will cycle out the Muckross Road and take the entrance to the right (directly after the Blue Pool Gallery); this leads you to spectacular views of the Abbey on your right. Continuing on to the top of the road, take a left and follow the path which is all the while adjacent to the lakeshore. Muckross House will appear in the distance, take a right for Dinis and follow that route. If you have a spare few minutes when you meet Dinis Cottage, you will want to dismount and walk the path behind Dinis to the Meeting of the Waters; this special view is the meeting point of Killarney’s three Lakes.
This route is very popular with walkers and please take caution as it is only permitted to be cycled in an anti-clockwise direction.
Back on the bikes and begin the descent down through the Black Valley before reaching Lord Brandon’s Cottage. You have two route choices from here:
- take a boat from the pier through the lakes arriving at Ross Castle (approx 22km) or
- continue on to Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and return via the main Muckross Road (approx 55km)
During the summer months this route becomes quite busy with traffic and so caution must be taken on the narrower roads. The route takes in smaller village routes as well as the main road. It is strongly advised to cycle/drive the Ring of Kerry anti-clockwise and flow with the traffic.
The route takes in eight towns and villages – you will meet them in the following order:
- Killarney – Killorglin (22km)
- Killorglin – Glenbeigh (14km)
- Glenbeigh – Caherciveen (26.9km)
- Caherciveen – Portmgee & Valentia Island (20.8km)
- Portmagee – Waterville (29km)
- Waterville – Sneem (35km)
- Sneem – Kenmare (26.3km)
- Kenmare – Killarney (42km)
Don’t forget to stop and take in some of the most beautiful views of Killarney’s Lakes & Mountains.
This is the perfect option for a short family cycle or taking your leisure; the route also takes in two playgrounds which makes it even more fun for the kids.