Whether you are touring South Kerry as a leisure visitor staying in one of the many hotels in Kerry including our own Ard na Sidhe Country House Hotel, or whether you enjoy a more active adventure break, South Kerry has it all. Here we look at some of the most popular cycling routes for beginners, intermediate level and the more advanced.Best Loop Cycle
The Caragh Lake Loop is a 65 kilometre cycle around some of the most scenic landscape in the vicinity of Ard na Sidhe. Participants can start in Beaufort and follow the initial route of the Ring of Beaufort as far as Glencuttane Cross. Cyclists can then continue on in the direction of Glencar as far as Gortamaloon Cross and continue towards scenic Caragh Lake.Best Mountain Terrain Cycle
The Ring of the Reeks cycle is a 110 kilometre loop of Kerry and Ireland’s highest mountain range, The McGillycuddy Reeks. This route is best suited to intermediate and experienced cyclists as it features both Moll’s Gap and Ballaghbeama Gap, both are sure to put even the best of cyclists to the test. The route passes through Beaufort, Killarney, Moll’s Gap, Blackwater, Ballaghbeama Gap, Gortamaloon Cross, Glenbeigh and Killorglin.Best New Route Cycle
The Kerry Greenway is a new 26 kilometre cycle that is being developed alongside an unused old railway line. It will run from Glenbeigh to Caherciveen and Valentia Island on a section of what was once the Great Southern Railway last running in 1960. While it will be at least 2016 before it is complete, it is set to become one of the leading cycling greenway routes in the country. It will be a moderate route, meaning it will suit beginners and families.Best Long Cycle
If you are a serious cyclist and love a challenge, then the ultimate endurance test on your bike in County Kerry (if not the entire island of Ireland) is the Ring of Kerry Cycle. While you can do this peninsula at any time of the year, the best time to do it is the annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle held every year on the first Saturday of July. It is 180 kilometres long and to date has raised €6.9 million for charities in County Kerry.
The benefits of doing the official Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle are not just for fundraising and testing your endurance, it is also a great option for support and back up as doing this length of cycle is very tough and having emergency services, support cars and water / food stations nearby, are an important part of keeping safe. The route is suggested to start and finish in Killarney where people often start at 6am and cycle all day. In 2014, 8,500 cyclists participated and 9 charities benefited from the funds raised